LAURENCE P. “LOLLY” GILGUN – in Woburn, September 15th. Beloved husband of Ann M. (Murphy) Gilgun. Devoted father of Laurence P. Gilgun, Jr. and his wife Kathy of Salem, Ann Gay Gilgun and her husband Brian, Susan J. Mateus and her husband Ted, and Frank M. Gilgun, all of Woburn, Kathleen Colangelo and her husband Steve of Wilmington, and the late Marybeth Gilgun. Dear brother of Margaret Collamore of Peabody, John F. Gilgun, Hon. Fredrick Gilgun, Richard E. Gilgun, and David I. Gilgun, all of Woburn, Rev. Bernard E. Gilgun of Shrewsbury, and the late Mary Cullinane. Loving grandfather of Kristin and Allison Gilgun, Brian, William and Brendan Gilgun, John and Lauran Mateus, and Steven Laurence and Ryan Samuel Colangelo. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, September 19th at 10:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Calling hours Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Gilgun’s memory to the Woburn High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.
Laurence P. Gilgun, affectionately known as “Lolly” to his family and many friends, passed away peacefully following a brief illness on Monday, September 15th, at Winchester Hospital, surrounded by his family. The beloved husband of Ann M. (Murphy) Gilgun, he was seventy-seven years of age. Mr. Gilgun was a respected educator and musician, having been a teacher in the city and principal of the Joyce Middle School, and a crowd-pleasing entertainer throughout his life.
Lolly was born in Woburn, one of eight children of the late John F. and Rose (O’Donnell) Gilgun. He received his early education at St. Charles School and graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1948. Lolly continued his education at the University of Lowell where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Education and played on the basketball team. He later earned a Master’s degree in Music from Salem State College. A veteran of the Korean War, he served in the US Army, stationed at West Point.
His teaching career began in 1953 at the Goodyear School in Woburn, and in 1961 he was appointed Assistant Principal of Woburn Senior High School. When the new Dr. Daniel Joyce Junior High School opened in 1970 he became the first Principal, a position he held until his retirement in 1992.
Aside from his family, music was Lolly’s greatest enjoyment in life. He learned to play the piano when he was taught by his aunt at the age of three and had the gift of being able to play by ear. His musical talents provided entertainment throughout the years for school groups, community events, and a variety of musical programs. Lolly was a fixture at the annual Mayor’s Appreciation Dinner for seniors since they began twenty-nine years ago, an event at which he was scheduled to perform this fall, as well as the Lions Irish Needle Night. He was also a composer who wrote and produced “The Grandsons of Honey Fitz,” a musical based on the Kennedy family which was performed throughout New England. When he was assistant principal at the high school, he became very involved in the production of the Black and Orange Revue, the annual talent show at Woburn High. When he became principal of the Joyce Middle School, he brought musical talent to the stage there by starting the Green and Blue Revue, a tradition that continues today. His final performance as a musician was on August 24th, when he played Happy Birthday for his wife Ann.
In addition to his duties with the school system and his musical endeavors, Lolly owned and operated Gilgun Travel along with his wife Ann. Together they were able to travel the world, often with other family members accompanying them. They also enjoyed summers at their home in Marshfield, where Lolly served as President of Fieldston Recreational Association. He enjoyed politics and served as a member of Woburn’s Democratic City Committee, and was also a Life Member of the Woburn Lodge of Elks.
A wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, he loved spending time with his family, whether at the Cape, by the pool, or watching sporting events.
Preceding him in death was a daughter, Marybeth Gilgun, and a sister, Mary Cullinane.
Surviving along with his wife Ann, with whom he had recently celebrated fifty-four years of marriage, are five children: Laurence P. Gilgun, Jr. and his wife Kathy of Salem, Ann Gay Gilgun and her husband Brian, Susan J. Mateus and her husband Ted, and Frank M. Gilgun, all of Woburn, and Kathleen Colangelo and her husband Steve of Wilmington. He was the dear brother of Margaret Collamore of Peabody, John F. Gilgun, Hon. Fredrick Gilgun, Richard E. Gilgun, and David I. Gilgun, all of Woburn, and Rev. Bernard E. Gilgun of Shrewsbury. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren: Kristin and Allison Gilgun, Brian, William and Brendan Gilgun, John and Lauran Mateus, and Steven Laurence and Ryan Samuel Colangelo.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, September 19th at 10:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass to be celebrated by his brother, Rev. Bernard Gilgun, in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Mr. Gilgun’s memory to the Woburn High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.