Thomas 'Tucker''s Story
Tucker Hennegan went blazing into heaven on Friday, November 24, 2017. He would have taken a race car if he could have, but instead, was surrounded by all who loved him. A Niagara Falls, NY, native, Tucker was born on February 20, 1939, to John 'Jack' and Christina Hennegan, who are already in heaven waiting to see their second son.
In the 1950s, Tucker was in the Army Reserves serving in Georgia. He also worked several years at Goodyear, in the maintenance department, before being accepted into the Electrical Apprentice Program. He remained a proud member of IBEW Local 237 for more than 50 years, serving at times as shop steward on construction jobs, including the Somerset Power Project and the Niagara Falls Power Authority. He was a former member of the Electrical Review Board for the City of Niagara Falls.
Tucker was generous with his time and talent. When he wasn't helping a friend on a construction project or working on a car, he loved to talk current events in the world. He was an avid reader of non-fiction. He loved to spend time with his family and especially liked watching his grandchildren play sports. He and Dorothy were members of the Niagara River Yacht Club for more than 20 years and a member of St. Vincent De Paul (Prince of Peace) Parish.
Tucker had a passion for fast cars and fast motorcycles and loved driving them, whether it be for 2 miles or 200 miles. He was an avid NASCAR fan and relished, and perhaps gloated a bit, beating the guys in their fantasy pool year after year. He prided himself on winning the Championship Ring, which actually fit his crooked finger.
He and Dorothy traveled the world visiting places such as Thailand, China, France, Italy and most recently, he and Dorothy traveled to Ireland, a place he had always wanted to visit.
Tucker's friends were many, because he was a great husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor. He lived a life saying he was blessed and ensured that whenever he had the opportunity, he found a way to bless others. He was the patriarch of the Hennegan family and will always be our North Star; just now it will be the North Star from Heaven. We love you.
Tucker is survived by his wife of 56 years and the love of his life, Dorothy (Safarian) Hennegan, who has been at his side for all of their adventures in life. Besides Dorothy, Tucker is survived by four children, Laureen (Frank) Jacobs, Shannon (Frank) DiPietro, Sean (Tricia) Hennegan and Patrick (Jenn) Hennegan.
He met Dorothy many years ago when she drove into a service station with a car full of puppies. He told her he wanted to buy a Cocker Spaniel puppy for his Mom and Dorothy sold him a puppy for $10 and he has been paying ever since.
One of his great joys was being a grandfather to his six grandchildren, Taraneh and Nicolette Jacobs, Sean, Lauren and Matthew DiPietro, and Patrick William Hennegan. He is also survived by sisters, Maureen (Gerry) Welch, Rosemary (Dennis) O'Grady and Mary (Karl) Guidotti and a brother, Michael (Patti) Hennegan. Tucker was predeceased by brother, Dennis (Sue) Hennegan; and sister, Sheila (Sonny) Trimeloni. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. If desired, donations can be made in Tucker's honor to the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen in Niagara Falls.
Published on November 25, 2017