KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — The bridge linking Kennebunkport’s Dock Square with Lower Village will be dedicated in the name of the late Mathew Lanigan on Tuesday, June 25.
A ceremony to mark the dedication, and to unveil the Lanigan Bridge signs, will take place on the Dock Square side of the river beginning at 6 p.m. Lanigan, a Dock Square business owner and well-known Kennebunkport resident, was serving as a selectman when he unexpectedly died this past November due to complications from brain surgery.
State Rep. Alan Casavant sponsored the bill in the Maine Legislature to rename the bridge, which was adjacent to Lanigan’s Dock Square business, the Emporium, which he operated for 17 years.
Lanigan’s service as a selectman began in 2004 and included two years as chairman, from 2007-2009. As selectman, he served on the board of directors for Kennebunkport Emergency Medical Services and was a member of the Kennebunkport Consolidated School building committee. He was a longtime supporter and active participant in Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude festival, overseeing lighting and decorating the holiday tree and the bridge that will bear his name. Lanigan is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, Bryce, Carter and Audrey.