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Jacob Nanigian

December 12, 1922 ~ October 18, 2017 (age 94)

WORCESTER – Jacob "Jake" Nanigian, 94, of Framingham, formerly of Lake Clarke Shores, FL, died Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Rose Monahan Hospice, Worcester, surrounded by his family.

His wife, Margaret (Lynch) Nanigian, died in 2013. He leaves two sons, Gregory Nanigian of Braintree and Daniel and his wife Kim Nanigian of N Myrtle Beach, SC; four daughters, Rachel Trant and her fiancé Dean Ciocci, of Webster, Diana Nichols and her fiancé, Fred McDewell of Bridgewater, Theresa Nanigian and her husband Peter Connor of Dublin, Ireland, and Peggy and her husband John Benton of Tallahassee, FL; two step-daughters, Kathleen and her husband Peter Hammel of Laconia, NH and Eileen Finnerty of Lantana, FL; thirteen grandchildren, Jessica LaBossiere, Justin Nichols, Jenna Morgan, Mark & Jacob Nanigian, Blaise & Danielle Connor, Eva & Tessa Benton, Joseph & Megan Stearns, Chris & Craig Hammel; three great-grandchildren, Cody, Alexandria, & Jack; and many nephews and nieces.  He is predeceased by his former wife, Jean (Maile) Nanigian and his brothers, Austin, Gregor (John), Leo, & George (Joe) Nanigian & sisters, Sarah Nanigian & Ann Vanderschuur.

He was born in Paxton, son of Nazareth and Dorothy (Tatvanian) Nanigian, both of whom immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey.

Jacob lived a full life and enjoyed gardening, bridge & poker, fishing, painting, family & friends, and loved nature & being outside.  He was a graduate of Clark University in Worcester with a degree in Physics and after working at the U.S. Bureau of Weapons founded a successful engineering company, Nanmac Corporation, specializing in temperature measurement. Jacob was an inventor, held numerous patents, and published over 50 technical articles & white papers.  He was considered an expert in the field of temperature measurement and consulted on projects ranging from cryogenic surgery to rocket engines.  He was also a World War II Veteran, having served in the US Navy.

The funeral will be held Saturday, October 28, 2017 from Rice Funeral Home, 300 Park Ave, Worcester, with a Mass at 10:00 am at St. Columba Church, 10 Richards Ave, Paxton.  Burial will follow at Mooreland Cemetery, Paxton. Calling hours are Friday, October 27 from 4 - 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.  The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Rose Monahan Hospice, the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and Heritage at Framingham Assisted Living.   Contributions may be made in Jacob’s name to the Heritage at Framingham Employee Appreciation Fund, 747 Water St., Framingham, MA 01701. 

Charitable donations may be made to:

Heritage at Framingham Employee Appreciation Fund
747 Water St, Framingham MA 01701

 Service Information

October 27, 2017

4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Rice Funeral Home
300 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01609-1805

Funeral Mass
October 28, 2017

10:00 AM
St. Columba Church - Paxton
10 Richards Ave
Paxton, MA 01612

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