John Bartlett Lani­gan Jr.

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

John Bartlett Lani­gan Jr., an ac­com­plished safety pro­fes­sional and avid pho­tog­ra­pher, died Wed­nes­day, May 4, 2016 af­ter bat­tling brain can­cer for five months. Known by many as the “safety man” John spent the last 25 years com­mit­ted to ed­u­cat­ing, train­ing, and en­sur­ing safe work en­vi­ron­ments for trade and craft work­ers through­out the Bal­ti­moreWash­ing­ton DC metro area.

John be­gan his ca­reer in con­struc­tion as a car­pen­ter and AWS cer­ti­fied welder, and worked as a craftsper­son, and teacher in the union ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram. Af­ter more than 20 years in the trades, John earned his As­so­ciate De­gree and be­gan a ca­reer as a safety man­ager with Clark Con­struc­tion, and later as a Safety Di­rec­tor with Cor­man Con­struc­tion.

John was pas­sion­ate about im­prov­ing the ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing avail­able to all his col­leagues and peers in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. John con­ducted train­ing along­side col­leagues at MOSH and other state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments. He also loved speak­ing and train­ing at the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Safety En­gi­neers an­nual con­fer­ence, Mary­land Gover­nor’s Safety Con­fer­ence, New Jer­sey Parks Safety Sem­i­nar, Penn­syl­va­nia Parks Safety Sem­i­nar and many oth­ers. John was a mem­ber of the Bal­ti­more Metropoli­tan Chap­ter of the ABC, Wash­ing­ton Metropoli­tan Area Con­struc­tion Safety As­so­ci­a­tion (WMACSA), and Ch­e­sa­peake Re­gion Safety Coun­cil. In 1999, John re­ceived the Gover­nor’s Ci­ta­tion for The State of Mary­land for pro­mot­ing safety and health of Mary­land’s work­ing pop­u­la­tion. John served as pres­i­dent of WMACSA from 2007-2008, and was awarded Safety Pro­fes­sional of the Year twice, first in 2010 by Ch­e­sa­peake Re­gion Safety Coun­cil and again in 2014 by WMACSA. John was also a life-time mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Weld­ing So­ci­ety (AWS), NRA, and an NRA in­struc­tor.

John was an artis­tic cre­ator and sto­ry­teller. Whether build­ing play­sets for his six chil­dren, weld­ing prac­tice tar­gets for shoot­ing, help­ing his grand­chil­dren with sci­ence projects, or de­sign­ing T-shirts, John brought a unique, and cre­ative per­spec­tive to each mo­ment of life.

John had a spe­cial eye for pho­tog­ra­phy, and loved shar­ing the mo­ments he cap­tured on job­sites, with his fam­ily, trav­el­ing the world or sim­ply on the side of the road with ev­ery­one. His pictures pro­vide a lov­ing re­minder of the beauty and ad­ven­ture John ap­pre­ci­ated and experienced in life.

John loved his fam­ily, and is sur­vived by his wife, Ju­dith Ann (Speers) Lani­gan of Port De­posit, MD; daugh­ter Cara Lani­gan and hus­band Bradley Lani­gan of El Paso, TX; daugh­ter Jen­nifer Per­mar and hus­band Gre­gory Per­mar of Ken­nett Square, PA; daugh­ter Ni­cole Lani­gan of Edge­wa­ter, MD; daugh­ter Joan Lani­gan of Bos­ton, MA; son John Lani­gan III of Port De­posit, MD; sis­ters Ju­dith Bap­tiste and June Bliss; brother Ge­orge Lani­gan; five grand­chil­dren; and many nieces, neph­ews and cousins. John is pre­ceded in death by his mother and fa­ther, Dorothy and John Lani­gan Sr.; and daugh­ter Kath­leen Lani­gan.

A cel­e­bra­tion of John’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Satur­day, May 7 at West Not­ting­ham Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1195 Fire­tower Road, Colora, MD 21917, with a vis­i­ta­tion from 6-8 p.m. on Fri­day, May 6 at R.T. Foard Fu­neral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Ris­ing Sun, MD 21911. Burial will fol­low the ser­vice at West Not­ting­ham Pres­by­te­rian Ceme­tery.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made payable to “Sen­a­tor Bob Hooper House” or to “Wash­ing­ton Metropoli­tan Area Con­struc­tion Safety As­so­ci­a­tion” and sent care of the fu­neral home.

To send con­do­lences, please visit www.rt­foard.com.

R.T. Foard Fu­neral Home, P.A.

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