I WAS JUST DOWN ON STATION 2 AT MCDH IN FORT BRAGG CA TALKING ABOUT THE BEST DOCTOR I'V EVER KNOWN. WHEN I SAID DR. KIERNAN A NURSE SAID HOW SAD IT WAS HE PASSED AWAY. I'M SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT. WHAT I REMEMBER THE MOST WAS HIS KINDNESS TO EVERYONE. I ALSO REMEMBER HOW HIS WIFE NANCY WOULD CALL THE ER AND ASK ME IF HER "BOYFRIEND" WAS AVAILABLE ABD HE ALWAYS WAS FOR HER. SUE SPARACINO
Still missing our favorite Dr. Always will,
Garry and I just missed reconnection of an old friendship in Fribourg back in 1972 after I finally found a picture of him again on the internet on October 29th 2012. One year ago I have been very happy after searching for more than 2 years a person of who had forgotten the last name. It was a long and difficult search, probably because Garry was not popular on the internet but popular taking time caring of his friends and patients. Now, this obituary that makes him easy to find on the net… After reading the messages on this obituary, I realize that Garry did not change from the very nice friend I had at that time and I wish Nancy all the best to recover plain serenity after such a loss.
Pierre Jenny, Fribourg, Switzerland
Ever since you and Garry became one with another I have found comfort in the fact that you were always together ("attached at the hip", according to Pauline), in love and the perfect match for each other. The terrible news of his passing reached me when, for some reason unknown to me, I entered his name on google. The Earth can ill afford the loss of a man like Garry. I am profoundly saddened for your pain and lifted up by the way this tragedy has touched those who know and love the two of you.
Loving spirits survive. They live in us. Know he is still with you. For that I am grateful.
Wishing you healing, peace and happiness.
After a busy shift yesterday as I walked to my car my thought was this I sure miss Dr. Kiernan in so many ways your presence at the hospital changed the flow and many of us blessed to work with you knew that no matter what the shift and the patients had going on everyone was going to be ok. You just did that so naturally it amazed me. It's these times that I as your nurse friend miss you the most. Your professionalism is unmatched. You are missed!
Oh my. A dear friend from Natick just found this information. So so sad to see this, but so proud to hear of Garry's meaningful life and career. Garry was a v. good friend back in those halcyon days of grades K-8. We'd explore the woods of Sherwood, climb trees, practice pull-ups, and walk on the bottom of the lake by his house holding rocks to weigh us down. We'd practice for the latter by having breath-holding contests in Ms. Goodspeed's [astonishingly-boring] 8th-grade reading classes. Gentle, funny, smart then, as thru all his life. Blessings to all his friends, family, and co-workers.
On a whim, I Googled Garry as a way of looking up my long lost friend Nancy, whom I knew from Chico State. I only met Garry once, but knew from numerous exchanges with Nancy what a special and unique relationship they had. It was a marriage to be in awe of as they were so devoted and in love. Because of their extraordinary connection, I can only imagine the pain and loss that Nancy has suffered from Garry's passing.
Though we have been separated by time and miles, you are in my thoughts Nancy. I know you and Garry must have wonderful friends who are helping you in this difficult time, but nothing can fill the void he has left in your life. I hope you find some peace in the comfort of your friends and pets.
I, too, was a classmate of Garry's at Georgetown. He helped me to gain the confidence I needed to continue my studies. He was a great guy then, and obviously maintained that persona (I wouldn't have expected it to be any other way). So sorry for your/our loss. Peace.
Garry was a friend of mine in medical school altho we havent stayed in touch since. All of our lives have been so busy but I remember him very well and I am stunned and deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathies to his wife and family. I remember Garry as a great doctor and also as a great Pianist and a great athlete. Truly a man for all seasons. God Bless you and keep you.
Dear Nancy, how terrible that this is how I located you. I know you will remember me. Please call. (707.943.1732) with love and sympathy,
I met you and Garry many years ago in Wyoming when visiting Helen and Matt. It was a blessing to meet you, your kindness and strength of spirit were so evident. I send you a hug and heartfelt condolences.
My dear Brotha, I have had to wait this long to send a message to you and Nancy. I am in the mountains now where I feel closer to heaven and you and Dad. I'm not sure how you feel about heaven, but know I will see you there one day. You have been an inspiration to me for so many years. From my book at age 12 which inspired me to re read on my trip out to see you in October to the time you taught me to make a Swiss cheese omelet after your trip to Switzerland.. I learned how to play chess and will cherish the set you brought home for me from Europe. I will always remember the long talks we had while you were living in Nevada about your love of the earth. Funny how we both found our love of horticulture at the same time. Both of our struggles with cancer was another connection we unfortunately shared. I am blessed with survivorship for now, but I know I will have an angel waiting for me when my time comes. It makes me feel not so afraid. I miss you terribly and will likely feel this way until my time comes. In reading all of the lovely messages from your business friends, they knew your heart, your love of caring for people who
needed you and appreciated you, it can only make me wonder what God has in plan for you.. You are and have always been a gift for me. I will see you when God is ready for me..
I love you Garry
Dear Nancy, I am a longtime friend of Helen's and she has spoken highly of you and Garry to me many times over the years. Even though I never had the privilege to meet Garry, (although on some level I think you and did meet once in Wyoming during a time I was visiting,) I feel like the world has lost a dear man, a kind heart, and I know he will be missed by many. I am so sorry for you loss, I have you in my thoughts & prayers
Garry - your life was a celebration of kindness, passion, brilliance and service. I knew you as Nancy's beloved. You were the man that captured her heart and communed with her soul. You loved unconditionally and left a legacy of hope, healing, laughter and love... You truly made the world a better place... that is why you are a hero in the stories we tell Sophie. I regret not knowing you better and miss you deeply. Rest in peace.
I have worked with many Physicians, none more finer then Dr. Kiernan. He was another Marcus Welby, he chuckled when I would tell him that afterall that is the show that inspired me to be a nurse. His love of life and people came naturally, it did not matter where you came from, he cared. We had many chances to discuss life and what our interests during the shift. He was a breath of fresh air on a busy day on the MedOnc floor and to all that knew him. I was fortunate to call him friend.
I knew Garry through his lovely wife and partner, Nancy. Through the years, Nancy and I enjoyed terrific hikes and conversations. Garry was always close by in Nancy's mind, even when he was away at work. I had the privilege of visiting Nancy and Garry in Nevada several years ago. Ironically, it was Garry and I that took a hike together one day while Nancy stayed home. During that hike, however, I learned from Garry the way that Nancy had indelibly imprinted herself and her creative, beautiful spirit on him when they first met. I also learned about the events that caused Garry to move from a career in music to medicine. As a musician myself, I was moved by his forthright and honest evaluation of the classical music business. Yet he continued to love and play the repertoire as much as possible. I will never forget hearing him perform a beautiful Spanish piece on the piano when we all lived in Wyoming. The exotic quality of the music coupled with Garry's superb musicianship and technique has remained with me for decades. His sweet and gentle spirit will remain in my heart even as I continue to cherish my friendship with Nancy. My love always, Helen.
Nancy, We love you and our prayers are with you and your girls. Garry will forever dance on our hearts! Patsy and Ashly xxoo
I cannot believe that Dr. Kiernan is no longer in this world. He was such a wonderful person and doctor. So kind, always had a smile on his face and was just always positive and friendly.
If more people were like Dr. Kiernan we would all be better because of it. I worked at SR Memorial on one of the floors that Dr. Kiernan frequently visited and that was well over 7 years ago and I still can remember his gracefulness and compassion for others.
He was genuine and real. I will always remember him.
It was always a pleasure to see Dr. Kiernan come on the unit. I remember trying to think of an answer to a trivia question or song title. If we were stumped he would say I'll call my wife she will know. He is someone who touched all those he met. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Dear Nancy, we never met, it's Natasha who worked with Garry and gave you guys hay for your garden. I see your drawings on Fay-Luther and think of you both. Sending you strength and love. So glad you had each other. He was so special and we miss him terrible at CTRH. So glad I met someone like him in my lifetime. Love, Natasha
Hi Nanny...I know it's been a long time. Please know that I think of you often and love you very much. I'm so sorry...Love, Mikey Hart
Oh, Nancy, we are so sorry. Your Garry was a special man, and you were his great champion. Dad still talks about how Garry came to the house, diagnosed him when others failed to do so, and checked on him morning and night when he was in the hospital. We are ever grateful to both of you. (He grew tasty potatoes, too!) We hurt for you and we love you, and pray that God will comfort you in your loss as only he can. Our love to you, Honey, and Cookie.
Garry was a true gentleman, gifted clinician, and one of the nicest men I have ever been privileged to know. My condolences. He is missed.
What a terrible loss! He was a wonderful person who also happened to be a great doctor. He will surely be missed by many.
One of the finest physicians with whom I have worked. He was so compassionate--we should all emutae his fine medical care. Gary will be missed--a huge loss to all of us who knew him.
Bruce Nickles, MD
You will be greatly missed. You were loved by many but God makes no mistakes and heaven has another good Angel. R.I.P.
You have been greatly missed at Carson Tahoe Hospital. I am greatful to have had the priveledge of the time that I got to work with you. You have imprinted my life with your kindness, dignity and respect to all. We had many conversations regarding the death of my husband to cancer. You really helped me with your kind words of embracing life now. You will be greatly missed by many. R.I.P.
I have never met a man so humble and caring of others. Dr. Kiernan was truly an inspirational life. He was so appreciated and will be missed.
What a loss! I met Dr Kiernan a year and a half ago, when I was a brand new nurse. He was instantly my favorite doctor, as he treated me with such kindness and respect. He would even take the time to explain his orders to me, and his thought process in ordering them! A truly lovely human being, Dr Kiernan, I will never forget you.
You are a great man and I enjoyed working with you. I will miss you. Till we meet again
Terribly sad and utterly shocking news. Garry was a devoted husband and gifted healer (with his fine mind and gentle manner). My parents were proud to call him son. Like my father, he made a special difference in the world. Our deep sympathy for your great loss Nancy. He will be missed by all who knew him. With sadness, Debra
What a wonderful man and doctor. We all loved and enjoyed him on 2east at SRMH.We miss him so much.
I am thankful for the happiness Garry and Nancy shared during their 30 years of marriage. In my heart their relationship will always personify respect, caring, and eternal love.
Dr. Kiernan was one of the good guys. His calm and gentle ways with his patients and his fellow workers was unusual in a profession that was normally very ego driven. He was never to busy to stop and answer my questions or help when I had a problem with a patient. His passing has made the light in the world much dimmer for us all.
I was so sad to hear this, Dr. Kiernan treated everybody with kindness and respect, a true gentleman and wonderful Doctor. My heart goes out to his wife, family, and friends.
What a great guy, and wonderful doctor. Knew all the nurses names, genuinely cared who you were and what you thought. He will be sorely missed.
Dr Kiernan was a kind gentle , caring doctor , I was fortunate to get to know him during his practice in memorial hospital. He listen patiently to everyone and I never forget his kind smile. He would be missed deeply , May he rest in peace.
Words can not express the deep sorrow I feel to learn about your passing. I met Dr Kiernan in memorial hospital and I can tell he is one of the most gentle soul I ever met in my life. I had the opportunity to care for him as a patient recently and as usual he was the most greatful and gentle person I met in both situations. I remember being nervous while doing an EKG on him and accidentally put the leads incorrectly, and with his most compassionate and respectful voice he pointed to me the error. I always hoped he would come back to work with us in memorial hospital, but God had better plans for him.
I wish his family God's comfort in this hard time and I hope God rest his soul in enternal peace he fought the good battle and he won. You will greatly be missed by all the people you touched in your life
One of my favorite moments with Dr. Kiernan was when I was working on 3E. He told me how that a family member came up and he was there (being the good secretary at that moment) and he introduced himself "Hi, I'm Dr. Kiernan, can I help you." and the family said..."Oh, are you a nurse here?" we both thought that was pretty funny and from that point on...He was Dr. Kiernan, RN. There are many other stories that he would tell and his kindness and his love for his wife...and it was really special if you ever saw him talk about her. Even though I moved to Oregon a number of years ago, I have still talked about him and some of his funny stories. There are just some people in life that stick with you and make an impact. Dr. Kiernan is one of those people that definately made an impact and I will forever appreciate his kind way in which he talked to you and how he knew everyone. What a terrible loss for his family, friends, the medical community and the community in which he lived. My heartfelt wishes go out to his loved ones and may his memories and legacy comfort you in the days to come.
Dr. Kiernan, You will surely be missed
Sir. You were such a wonderful person, a gentleman, a loving doctor, an inspiration to many. Your gentle and caring demeanor lightened the burden of the staff you worked with as well as the patients. I was a CNA then when I first had the privilege to know you in our floor, it was amazing that you treated everybody equally with your gentleness. RIP doctor and my prayers to you and to your family.
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Kiernan when I first started at memorial hospital. He was an amazing physician and very pleasant to work with. He was very helpful and had a kind heart. I am honored to have worked with him.
I feel such a heavy heart @ the news of Garry's passing. What a dedicated, gifted physician. His patients were blessed by his participation in their care. So too were his collegues, and Dr. Kiernan treated everyone from the top administrator to the housekeeper as an honored collegue. A rare human being. I am a richer person for having had the honor of working with him. God bless you Nancy @ this sad time.
Dr. Kiernan's compassion did not only extend to his patients but to everyone that surrounded him in a days work. He was there, listening with intent, sharing insight and laughter whenever he could. He was a wonderful person, a delight to work with and will be greatly missed.
One of the most amazing and compassionate Doctors I've ever worked with. He treated everyone equal. He will be greatly missed in this community. Prayers to his family.
My heart sank when I found out you passed away! There is no one out there as special as you were! I am blessed that I knew you as a hospitalist at Memorial. You were and always will be non replaceable. I was honored to take care of you briefly when you were an oncology patient. Will remember you always and miss you!!
Dr. Kiernan, you will be greatly missed. I feel honored to have worked with you. You were the nicest doctor I have ever known.Your kindness and warmth made a huge difference in the lives of your patients, and staff who worked with you. You were not not only a great doctor, but a truly kind and genuine person. My thoughts and prayers are with your friends and family during this time of loss.
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Kiernan while the Step Down Unit was open at Memorial Hospital. He was a very special person, so easy to talk to and quick to help in any situation whether with his patients or any others. To listen, to advise...a truly wonderful human being.
I first met Dr. Kiernan while a patient at SRMH. Wow, what a fantastic doctor! Several years later I was lying in the emergency room at SRMH again in some serious distress and he recognized me when he turned around from working with another patient. He had me admitted, assembled and coordinated an emergency operation team saving my life. His dedication to his patients and bedside manner was unequaled. A man who truly left his mark in this world. Sincere condolences to his family.
A prince. A hero, a healer, a mentor, a friend. It was an honor to work with Dr. Kiernan and a joy to be in his company. My heart goes out to Nancy and family.
The most caring, gentle man I have ever known. You showed so much compassion to all your patients and to all the nursing staff. You will never be forgotten!
Dr. Kiernan was a great man in every sense of the word. He was loved by everyone who had the privilege to meet him. Dr. Kiernan was a great person to talk to and ask for advise. I'm saddened by the fact that I won't be able to see or talk to him again, I do take solice to the fact that he's in a better place now and be someone's guardian angel. Dr. Kiernan is an angel and he'll be here close to my heart. I miss you (dad) and thank you for all the great memories
His tone of voice would warm a group of stressed nurses and staff. His medicine was thoughtful, considerate and responsible both ethically and fiscally. I am sure given time he would have mentored many more and would have been considered a father figure. I worked with him in health and spent time with him in sickness and both were a huge honor! When I need a doctor please emulate Garry Kiernan; we lost a shining example.
I remember you as a thoroughly engaging person, so kind and respectful. The world is a better place because of you.
I am happy that my sister Nancy had the opportunity to find the man of her dreams and enjoy thirty quality years. Garry was a blessing to both my parents, Pauline and Mervyn Schwartz, in their later years. I am forever thankful to Garry for the care you administered to both of my parents, extending the quality of their lives, and of course your kidney to Nancy. Our last conversation two years ago was very nice and well remembered. positive. Rest in peace. Thank you. I am sad, but can onlyl say thank you.Jan Schwartz.
We loved talking about our mutual Irish east coast roots. I am blessed to have known you. May god bless your family in this difficult time. You were the most compassionate physician I have ever known.
He will be missed greatly. A pleasure to always work with no matter how much chaos, he was always very calm and caring
God bless you and your family. Your kindness and compassion will long be remembered.
Debbie Aquila, RN, Santa Rosa, Ca.
If everyone treated the people they meet the way Dr.Kiernan did, the world would be a very friendly and harmonious place. We can all learn from you. Thank you for always taking the time to talk to me. To Dr. Kiernan's wife, I know that you know, Gary was very proud of having been able to give a kidney. We had many talks about it.
Dr Kiernan was a great doctor, a gentleman's gentleman, a role model for us all!
Philip Löfgren RN, ICU
One of the most important physicians that I have had the privilege of working with in my nursing career. He believed in me and made my transition to SRMH a lasting memory. I don't think their is a more wonderful physician or human being that I have ever known.
He was the only Dr. who showed kindness to me as new grad nurse. I praise the Lord that I had an opportunity to meet him. His kindness will never be forgotten.
I feel so blessed to have known you; you touched not just patients lives but the staff that had the privilege of working with you. You were a very gifted doctor and such a special person. RIP doc....
Our lives are much richer having known such a wonderful and loving man and physician. Much love to all that knew him.
What a beloved wonderful soul, so kind and caring to many. I feel honored to have had our paths cross.
Terri Strauss, ARU therapist
Dear Nancy, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Dr. Kiernan – the most warm, kind, and caring man, friend, and physician. His patients adored him and the nurses on the Oncology Unit loved him; we were all so sad when he left the area. Though the opportunity to see him again came with a heavy heart, I am thankful that I was able to speak with him again and enjoy his kindness and wonderful smile. I will miss him!
I feel blessed to have worked with such a kind man who set the bar for how we should treat each other. May he rest in peace free from suffering as you heal from your loss
Dr. Kiernan was certainly a person you felyt lucky to know and work with. Someone said the other day why are politicians not consider heroes today? I now ask the same question about doctors when I think of Dr. Kiernan.
We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Garry. He was a wonderful man.
This prayer has given me some comfort in the past, perhaps it may help you as well. "Dear Lord, Thank you for the precious memories forever alive in my heart." You are in our thoughts and prayers.
I don't believe that there is another doctor that has been loved so univerally by the nurses. I miss his kindness, patience and warmth. This gentle man will be missed. Patricia Raven RN 1CE
DR KIERNAN WAS A TRUE BLESSING WITH ALL WHO CAME IN CONTACT WITH HIM. HE WAS A KIND AND GRACIOUS MAN. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS LOVELY WIFE! CINDY A.
Nancy, I have thought of you both from time to time since I left SRMH. You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for making such a diffence in the lives of so many. May you rest in peace.
You were a gentleman, kind to your patients, and nurses. I was always glad to see you come by my unit. I'm sure this is a great loss to your family.
Nancy so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Please remember If you lover somebody enough, you can still hear the laughter after they're gone. Sandy Thorpe -Fresno
"Say not in grief--'He is no more', but live in thankfulness that he was."
You were the best doctor, i ever work with. May you RIP, untill we meet again on the other side. Janet.R
Thank you, Garry for the superb care and compassion shown my patients. My condolences to your wife and family. May you rest in eternal peace.