John Patrick Diggins, Jr.

John Patrick Diggins, Jr. 87, of Goffstown, NH and a former longtime resident of Merrimack, NH died Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home. He was born in Nashua, NH on March 22, 1928, a son of the late John P. and Sylvia (Caron) Diggins, the children of Irish and French immigrants who settled in Nashua, New Hampshire. Following in the footsteps of a family steeped in military tradition and service, John P. Diggins, Jr. enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1945 and committed to service for the duration of World War II in the Marine Fourth Regiment, 6th Division in Tsingtao, China. John completed his service at the rank of sergeant and came back home to Nashua to marry his Nashua High School sweetheart Eleonore Raymond (from a family of NINE!) and start a family of their own.

After many years in the rigging and hauling industry, John co-founded a moving company bearing his name and worked hard for many years as an operations specialist and consultant for many companies including: ITT, Sanders, Raytheon, Varian Semi-Conductor and even celebrities, including legendary pool hustler Rudolf “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone.

In 2011, John became a resident at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home in Goffstown, NH, also known as “The Hills.” John spent hours each day with his wife of 68 years, who also joined the folks at “The Hills” in 2011.

Prior to his recent passing, John shared hours with his many friends and family members throughout the halls and common areas. He greatly appreciated the medical staff, his coffee buddies. He spent his final days with Ellie, sharing wonderful stories of many years and a mountain of memories. Semper Fidelis and Godspeed to a man blessed by the love and admiration of many.

In addition to his wife, members of his family include three sons, Michael Diggins, John Diggins III, and Stephen Diggins; four daughters, Mary Reeves, Susan Estermann, Lucile Diggins-Wold, and Jennifer Sandova; 13 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Landry; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were in the Rivet Funeral Home, 425 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy Church, 16 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack, Wednesday at 9:30. Interment with military honors followed in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions maybe made to Home Health and Hospice, 7 Executive Park Dr, Merrimack, NH 03054.

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