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JOHN KERRIGAN SR.

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JOHN KERRIGAN SR. Obituary
KERRIGAN, JOHN F., SR. John F. Kerrigan, Sr., of Branford, died Tuesday July 29, 2014, at Branford Hills Health Care Center, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Mabel “Sis” Kerrigan. Mr. Kerrigan was born May 18, 1926, son of the late James and Elizabeth McCauley Kerrigan.He graduated from Hamden High School, in 1943 and enrolled at the University of Notre Dame. After his freshman year at Notre Dame, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He was promoted to Aviation Electronic Technicians Mate Second Class. At the end of World War II he returned to Notre Dame and graduated in the class of 1949 with a B. S. Degree in Electrical Engineering. While at Notre Dame he played the clarinet in the marching band. He worked as a manufacturer’s rep, and established his own firm, J. F. Kerrigan & Co. Manufacturing. He sold that business and became the owner of WESCO Ford Tractor in Norwalk, CT. An avid boater, he was the Past Commander for the New Haven Power Squadron, and a member and Past Commodore of the Branford Yacht Club. After retiring from WESCO, he became a volunteer for many organizations including the Hospital of St. Raphael. He was a communicant and lector at St. Mary Church in Branford. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, John F. (Emily) Kerrigan, Jr. of McMinnville, OR, Mary Catherine Kerrigan of Galloway, OH, Elizabeth A. (Richard) Johnson of Ellicott City, MD, Mark W. (Fabian Molina) Kerrigan of New York, NY, William R. (Amy) Kerrigan of Madison, and Maureen (Tim) Shields of Branford; his grandchildren, Julie and Caitlin Kerrigan, Dan, Matt, Tim and Meaghan Johnson, Mary Kate and Molly Kerrigan and T. J. Shields; and his sister Mary Daley of Hamden. He was predeceased by his first wife, Nan Walsh Kerrigan, and his brothers, James and Paul Kerrigan. His family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Branford Hills Health Care Center for their care, to Leo Whalen his friendly visitor from St. Mary Church, and to Arthur Gallagher. Funeral from the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home 244 North Main Street, Branford, Friday morning at 9:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church at 10:00. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5 – 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Mary Church, 731 Main Street, Branford, 06405, or to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, P. O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018. For directions and online memorial see www.wsclancy.com.
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Published in The New Haven Register on July 30, 2014
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