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Memorial bench pays tribute to late civic leader Hannigan

Friends, family, community leaders attend Dec. 17 dedication ceremony
Judy Sullivan, wife of the late Brian Hannigan, speaks at the Dec. 17, 2023, dedication ceremony of a bench honoring Hannigan in the Dominion Hills neighborhood.

A tribute to a longtime community activist also will help to preserve, in a small but meaningful way, memories of an historic home that last year fell to the wrecking ball.

The Dominion Hills Civic Association has placed a memorial bench at Dominion Hills Park in honor of Brian Hannigan, who died in May 2022. More than 50 friends, neighbors and community leaders braved rainstorms on Dec. 17 to attend the ceremony.

Hannigan played many roles in the community, including leading the Dominion Hills civic group for two decades.

In the broader community, Hannigan served as president of the Better Sports Club and chaired the county government’s Sports Commission. He also was active in chronicling and preserving the history of the Dominion Hills neighborhood.

The memorial bench has a base constructed of stones repurposed from what had been the entrance gate to the Rouse (Febrey-Lothrop) property on Wilson Boulevard, which last year fell to redevelopment. The property owner, Toll Brothers, agreed to donate the capstones.

“We have been able to preserve a little bit of Dominion Hills history as the foundation for the bench honoring Brian’s memory,” civic-association officials said.

Dominion Hills Park is located at 1060 North Liberty St.