Obituaries

Bridget Berrigan

Died: 2018-01-01
Resided in: Danvers, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH . Middleton MA
Viewing date: 2018-01-05 / 5-8pm
Service type: Funeral Mass
Service date: 2018-01-06 / 9am
Service location: Gather at St. Mary's, Danvers at 8:45am
Burial type: at a later date
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Contributions: In Lieu of Flowers: American Heart Assoc., 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6 Waltham, MA 02451-8750
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Bridget "Bea" Berrigan, 86, of Danvers, passed away at Beverly Hospital on January 1, 2018, in the loving presence of children and grandchildren. A native of County Roscommon, Ireland, “Mrs. B” sailed to the United States at age 19, living with two great aunts as she worked as a maid in Salem. She met the love of her life, Harold S. Berrigan, Jr., an aircraft engine assembler at G.E. in Lynn, and they married on July 10, 1955.

Over the next five decades, living in Malden, Everett and, later, Danvers, Bridget and Harold raised three children, Patrick, Ann-Marie and Stephen, sending all three to college and adopting their children's spouses, Justine, Robert (Bobby) and Elisa, as their own. But their hearts, time and energy were devoted to their eight grandchildren --Kaitlin and Kelsey; Joseph, Edward and John; Meaghan, Michael and Madison -- who daily filled their lives with pride, love and adoration.

Harold died in his sleep in September 2004, less than a month before his beloved (and sometimes despised) Red Sox won the World Series.  He and Bea were married 49 years.

Bridget Berrigan will be long remembered for many things beyond her quick smile, sense of humor, out-going disposition and cherished Irish brogue. She was intelligent and strong, fiercely independent, committed to her friends and devoted to her family, here and across the Atlantic. She liked tea, orange marmalade and butterscotch candy (okay, any candy). She loved Chinese food at the Kowloon, but she wouldn't turn down a lobster roll at the Ninety-Nine or clam chowder at Kelly’s. She was crazy about Boston sports, particularly the Pats, but she also, inexplicably, cheered for Peyton Manning and her “horseshoe guys.”

Bridget was possessed of a remarkable memory, much to the chagrin of her children, but she was also forgiving and compassionate, traits fueled by an abiding Catholic faith that never wavered, never faltered.  As her neighbor Helen said this week, "If there really is a heaven, Bridget is there."

One of eleven children, Bea worked hard all her life, even in childhood, and this drive sustained her through sometimes difficult times.  Mrs. B was always positive and upbeat, never seemed depressed, and was never self absorbed.  Spending nothing on herself, she was endlessly generous with others. She lived for her husband, her children, her friends and family, and especially for her grandchildren.  We will miss her dearly.

Visitation is at the Mackey funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Middleton, MA (on Hwy. 114 just north of Richardson's Ice Cream) on Friday, January 5, from 5-8 pm.  A funeral mass is scheduled for 9 o'clock Saturday morning at St. Mary's, just off the square in Danvers.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association in Bridget's name.



Online Condolences Below:

Patrick, Anne-Marie, and Stephen...I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. I have many fond memories of my 'Aunt Bea' and time spent at your home when I was growing up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time. Michael & Melissa Finneran
Pat and family, We are so sorry about the passing of your mom. She was a wonderful woman. We will never forget the Red Sox game we attended with all of you. She made us laugh the whole time. Our deepest condolences. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers. -Serena and Jason Miller
To my cousins Aunty bea, one of my favorite people in the whole world. This world will miss you as will I Sending prayers and my condolences Love Cousin Jane
Dear Anne-Marie, Bobby, Kaitlin and Kelsey and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. May your cherished memories of her provide comfort to you all. Sincerely, Joanne Donahue
Pat, Justine, Joseph, Edward, and John, I'm sorry I never had the gift of meeting (and knowing) your mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother as I read her wonderful obituary. She was clearly a person who shared her gifts of humor, love, and caring for all she knew. I know that her gifts will be shared going forward through you. I bid you peace as I know you will celebrate her life.
That obituary was the most beautiful and spot on I've ever read. It fits Mrs. B to a tee. She certainly made an impact on everyone she met, her kindness, sense of humor and ability to befriend everyone she encountered were just some of her endearing qualities. A most lovely woman, she will truly be missed. Until we meet again, Mrs. B. Debbie & Todd
A life well lived. She will be missed and fondly remembered. With love and kisses. Bridgit Lapierre Valgenti
The Berrigan family, our Hearts are filled with sorrow for your loss.All Patricks friends and Team mats.
Bea was a dear friend of Sonny, Lillian, Rob, Mary, John, Joe and Kathleen Goreham. All the Goreham family remember having special tea parties at her home. We will miss her and know she will be in heaven. Love the Gorehams
So very sorry to hear of auntie Bea's passing,such a beautiful lady inside and out. We will miss your beautiful smile and amazing memory which put us all to shame. All our love and best wishes to yea all at this sad time, love fiona & family from co kerry Ireland xxx mum's heart is breaking she can't be with yea and she will miss her big sister more than words love 'sister Kate' and Jim xxx
Pat and family.....so sorry for your loss! I was fortunate to get to meet your wonderful parents and will never forget your Dad coming to meet me in Roxbury at midnite in his slippers when I was lost or your mom cooking a huge breakfast for us to eat when I arrived at your house. Salt of the earth people for sure. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John and Tiffany Picerno
Losing such a positive, loving, and kind woman is a loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She had such a beautiful smile and warm engaging personality. Every time I saw Mrs. Berrigan, she greeted me like a long lost friend. She always inquired about the latest going ons and shared kind words. Her love and pride In her accomplished children and grandchildren was so clear, and she glowed when she talked about then. My heart hurts for her family who were clearly devoted to her. I’m so sorry and sad for all of them. A special mention of my brother Bob, her loving son-in-law, who often expressed his love for her. She was really a second mother to him. She will be sorely missed by all who had the honor of knowing her. Maryann Cintolo
Condolences to the Berrigan Family. I will always remember the easy smile that greeted you every time you would meet Bea. She was so nice to my mother, Louise Boyd; often sending Patrick or Stephen to mow her lawn! A wonderful woman. Robert Boyd
Patrick, Anne-Marie, and Stephen - Thinking of you all at this sad time on the loss of your beautiful, loving mother. We all have very fond memories of her visits 'home' to Killeglan, Taughmaconnell. Her kindness and generosity shown to us will never be forgotten. She was such a kindhearted, caring sister and aunt. She always had a story and a great knowledge of all her relations. She will be sadly missed by her brother Johnny, sister in law Kathleen and her nieces and nephews; Anne, Patricia, Helen, Sean, Paul, Linda and Noel Finneran. May her gentle soul Rest In Peace.
Dear AnnMarie, Patrick, and Stephen, We have an empty place in our hearts that would only have been filled by being with you all as you honor your Mother. Her pride in you was unbounded and justly deserved. We love you all--Uncle Jack and Aunt Mary
Dear family we are saddened to hear of B’s passing, rest assure she touched each one of us. We have So many fond memories of her and our children. What an amazing woman, one of kindness and extreme perseverance. This is evident as her legacy has pass down to her own. Many prayers to everyone that has been touched. Godspeed The Tillman’s
To Patrick, Ann-Marie and Stephen. So sorry to hear the sad death of your Mother. a lovely person in always. Brother Frank will miss there weekly calls. She was a wonderful Sister will be always in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace. Love from Frank, Caroline and Dana in the UK.
Anne-Marie, Bob, Kelsey and Kaitlin, so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved Mom, Mother-in-Law and Grandmother. Your obituary was a wonderful tribute to her. I have such fond memories of her, and will always remember her beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the Berrigan family, Cathy Moschella
Dear Anne-Marie, Stephen & Patrick and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time - Auntie Bea will be truly missed by all who loved her. Bea was always a wonderfully caring and amazing sister to Mollie. Sending all our love and prayers from Ann-Marie & family and Mollie. xx
Dear Anne-Marie, Stephen & Patrick and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time - Auntie Bea will be truly missed by all who loved her. Bea was always a wonderfully caring and amazing sister to Mollie. Sending all our love and prayers from Ann-Marie & family and Mollie. xx

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