Obituary, Henry W. (Joseph) Tanguay

Henry W. Tanguay
Purple Heart Recipient; age 91

LOWELL — Mr. Henry W. Tanguay, age 91, a well-known resident of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, died on Monday, March 11, 2013 at a local healthcare facility. He was the husband of the late Claire S. (Gagnon) Tanguay who died on March 5, 2009.

Born in Lowell on March 17, 1921, he was a son of the late Ernest and Laura (Lemay) Tanguay.

Henry was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He served on the USS Franklin as a Photographer’s Mate Third Class until he was wounded when the ship was attacked by the Japanese. He was discharged in August of 1945 with the honors of receiving a Purple Heart.

He was a longtime faithful parishioner of the former Ste. Jeanne d’Arc Church and more recently attended the Parish of Saint Rita. He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society since 1974, and was part of their visitation committee that would visit the local nursing homes and sing for the residents.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed in the purchasing department for the Harris Corporation in Nashua, NH.

Henry loved spending time with his family and friends and taking trips to the lake.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Denis R. and Sue Tanguay and Normand G. and Sheila Tanguay all of Lowell; five grandchildren, Nicole and her husband Mathew Gilliam, Gregg and his wife Erica, Scott and his wife Hollie, Kevin and Crystal; three great- grandchildren, Jordan, Hailey and Esme Rose; a sister and brother-in-law, Germaine Rivard and her husband Gilbert of Dracut; a sister-in-law, Pauline Tanguay of Laconia, NH; also several nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Gabrielle Leblanc, Florence Tanguay and Paul Tanguay.

TANGUAY — died in Lowell on March 11, 2013. Mr. Henry W. Tanguay, age 91, a resident of Lowell and husband of the late Claire S. (Gagnon) Tanguay. Relatives and friends may call at the ROLAND W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 308 Pawtucket Street, Lowell on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. ATTENDANT PARKING. Funeral Thursday morning with a funeral mass to be celebrated at 9 o’clock in the Parish of Saint Rita, 158 Mammoth Rd., Lowell, MA. Committal services and burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford. Those wishing may make a memorial contribution to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Rita Conference, P.O. Box 914, Lowell, MA 01853. For online condolences or directions, please visit
Published in Lowell Sun on March 12, 2013

1 thought on “Obituary, Henry W. (Joseph) Tanguay

  1. I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Photographers Mate 3/C Tanguay.

    My father was Donald H Dunniway RDM2/C Radarman on the USS Franklin from June 1944 until March 19, 1945. He and three others survived the Galley Deck CIC room destruction when the Jap bombs went off under his feet. He was blown overboard by the explosions on deck from a 40MM gun sponson. He died in 2002 after a career as Fire Chief

    This last year I came onto a grouping of images of the USS Franklin from the estate of ‘Buster’ DeBrunner another photographer aboard the USS Franklin. There are a few images of Photographers Mate 3/C Tanguay among these images. I would certainly be willing to share prints with you as I am a photographer by trade. Were there any images of the USS Franklin that Photographers Mate 3/C Tanguay left behind? I would greatly appreciate copies if at all possible. Let me know. Sincerely.


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