Harold E. Essigmann, Sr.

June 11, 2007

Harold E. Essigmann, Sr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War Veteran

HAROLD E. ESSIGMANN, SR. – in Woburn, June 11th. Beloved husband of Jean S. (Dango) MacDonald Essigmann. Devoted father of Harold E. Essigmann, Jr. of Woburn, Ellen Essigmann of NH, and Lisa Martin and her husband Eric of Woburn, and stepfather of David MacDonald of Woburn, Robert MacDonald of Waltham, Patricia Downs and her husband David of NH, Kim Sundberg of Gardner, and the late Bernard MacDonald. Dear brother of William Essigmann and his wife Helen of Woburn and the late Carl, Otto, Lester, and John Martin Essigmann. Loving grandfather of Melissa, Nicole, Chris, Stephanie, and Eric, and also one great-granddaughter. Also survived by several step-grandchildren and his dear friends, Rose and John Kirk of Woburn. A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, June 14th at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Harold’s memory to the American Diabetes Foundation, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

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OBITUARY:

Harold E. Essigmann, Sr. of Woburn, well-known in the city for his involvement in veterans organizations, passed away at Kindred Hospital in Peabody on Monday, June 11th, following an illness of several months. He was the dear husband of Jean S. (Dango) MacDonald Essigmann.

Born in Woburn, he was the son of the late John Martin and Sybil (White) Essigmann. He attended Woburn schools and graduated from Woburn High School. A veteran of the Korean War, he served with the 25th Infantry stationed in Korea. He was the recipient of the Conbat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star Medal.

Harold worked at the Fayerweather Street School, an independent school in Cambridge, as a maintenance engineer for many years. It was a job he loved, and the children of the school in turn loved him. Upon his retirement several years ago they presented him with a book of thank you letters, which he cherished. Previously he had been employed with the School Department in the Town of Burlington.

Harold was a personable man who was rarely seen without his signature Scully Cap. He dedicated himself to the various veterans organizations and, over the years, volunteered for marching in parades, placing flags at the cemeteries and, every August, organizing a barbecue for the veterans at the VA Hospital in Bedford. He was a Past Commander of the VFW in Woburn and a member of the George Campbell Post 101 American Legion. He was also a Past Governor of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1214 in Woburn. Just a year ago he was presented with a 50-year member plaque from the Moose.

Preceding him in death were four brothers: Carl, Otto, Lester, and John Martin Essigmann, and his stepson, Bernard MacDonald.

Along with his wife Jean, he leaves a son, Harold E. Essigmann, Jr. of Woburn, two daughters, Ellen Essigmann of NH and Lisa Martin and her husband Eric of Woburn, and his stepchildren, David MacDonald of Woburn, Robert MacDonald of Waltham, Patricia Downs and her husband David of NH, Kim Sundberg of Gardner. He was the dear brother of William Essigmann and his wife Helen of Woburn and the late Carl, Otto, Lester, and John Martin Essigmann. Loving grandfather of Melissa, Nicole, Chris, Stephanie, and Eric, and also one great-granddaughter. Also surviving are several step-grandchildren and his dear friends, Rose and John Kirk of Woburn.

A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, June 14th at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Deryk Richenburg officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Harold’s memory to the American Diabetes Foundation, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

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  1. Hi Jean and family. I’m one of the nursing assistants at Kindred Hospital who took care of Harold many times. I was not there the day he died and didn’t know until 6/14 when I returned to work. I wanted to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I was really pulling for him and visited with him every day I worked. He was a kind, sweet man, who would often pull his call light just to have some company in the room with him on the rare occasion Jean was not there. He was content to have a hand to hold and it was so easy to get a smile out of him no matter how much pain he was in. We at Kindred will miss him deeply and wanted to know our thoughts are with you. Take care and God bless.

  2. Robert & Georgia Gallagher

    We would like to express our deep sympathy on Harolds death. May you have comforter in knowning he had a lot of friends.

  3. Norm Cook
    Past District 18 Cmdr.
    VFW
    My deepest sympathy to the family of Harold.
    He will be deary missed.

  4. Joanie Grisham
    Harold helped make Fayerweather a special place. He’ll always be a part of us because he’s in our hearts. My prayers are with you.

  5. We really missed Harold at school this year. He always had a friendly smile for us. When he last came to the school he made me (George) feel special when he waved hello to me and said “You’ve grown.” We are so sad that he passed away. He was a very nice, kind guy.
    George and Lauren Brown students at FSS

  6. I was so sad to hear that Harold’s bright smile will no longer grace us here. He used to share quiet (sometimes not so quiet)laughs and thoughtful remarks that made me feel more like a daughter than a co-worker. He was a light that will forever continue to shine in my heart.
    My prayers are with you,
    Mary Snow

  7. With his humor his smile Harold made all my days at Fayerweather Street School brighter. He could fix a sour mood even more quickly then he could fix a broken chair or sticky laminator. I was lucky to know him.
    Condolences,
    Cindy Dill

  8. RICHARD A SAVOIE
    TO JEAN AND YOUNG HAROLD I AM SORRY TO OF HEAR OF ZIGGY PASSSING AS YOU KNOW WE WERE BUDDYS FOR MEANY YEARS I MISS HIM. GOD BLESS YOU JEAN AND HOROLD MAY HE HELP YOU TO LIVE THOUGH THIS TIME.
    YOUR FRIEND
    DICK

  9. Dear Mrs Essigmann and Family,
    How sorry we are to learn of Harold’s death. My daughter, Belinda,has many lovely memories of him. She wants you to know how much she enjoyed Harold’s tricks with a broom and the recycling game he made up to teach the children about how important it is to recycle. Though we only knew for three years, he brightened every day with his ready smile, kind words and twinkle in his eye. Belinda loved him dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings and love,
    Lucinda Jewell and Belinda Jewell Donohoe (Fayerweather)

  10. Ralph J. DiTucci, Jr.
    I wish to offer my condolences to Harold’s wife, Jean, and Harold’s entire family. I’d known Ziggy for over ten years and he was always personable, friendly, and always had a story to tell whenever I saw him. I was proud to be able to present him with his Life Membership in the Loyal Order of Moose for serving over 50 years in the Fraternity. He was dedicated and committed to any organization he belonged to and he will be missed. God Bless.

  11. On behalf of Rita and I, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family, on the passing of Harold.He is in a better place now…If the measure of a man, is his warmth,friendship and dedication to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other organizations he was a member of…then we can all live better lives by following his example.
    Van & Rita
    Robert M. Van Kirk
    Past State Commander
    Veterans of Foreign Wars

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