Robert "Bob" M. Kerrigan Jr., 64, of Old Forge, died Friday morning surrounded by his family at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after a full and wonderful life. He was blessed to be married to his best friend, Sandra Popish Kerrigan. The couple celebrated 44 happy years of marriage on April 11.
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Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Robert M. Kerrigan Sr. and Margaret Jennings Kerrigan. He graduated from West Scranton Senior High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a member of the "Seabees" in Vietnam. He completed PA Act 120 training at Lackawanna Junior College and became a member of the Scranton Police Department. He retired as a sergeant in 1992 after 22 years of dedicated service. In the years following, he worked for A.J. Stassi Coal & Oil until 2011. He was a member of St. Clare/St. Paul Parish in Scranton.
The family would like to offer its thanks and appreciation for all of the overwhelming kindness and support received over the last few weeks from so many. In particular, the family is especially grateful to Bob and Sandy's dearest friends, Danny and Sandy Corby, who were there with them every step of the way.
More than anything, Bob enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved his pilgrimages to South Bend, Ind., to visit Notre Dame, Notre Dame Saturdays in the fall, long drives in his Corvette and attending any event for one of his grandchildren. Most of all, he treasured taking trips to the beach and Disney World with his family. Bob was very passionate about his wife, his children and especially his seven grandchildren, who were his greatest joys. He was guilty of one thing only during his life, and that was excessive pride for his children and grandchildren and their many accomplishments. He was a loving, caring and devoted husband, father, brother and, most importantly, Papa. He will be missed beyond what words can express and his memory will be cherished by all those who knew and loved him.
In addition to his wife, surviving are his son, Robert M. Kerrigan III, his wife, Jessica, and their children, Lainey, Brady and Lauren, Katy, Texas; his daughter, Kirsten Kerrigan McIntyre and her husband, David, and their children, David, Jayna, Annie and Mollie, Scranton; sisters, Mary Ellen Altieri and her husband, Neil; and Maureen Cawley and her husband, James, all of Scranton; nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Keegan, Scranton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton, by Monsignor William Feldcamp. Anyone attending the funeral is asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton.
Interment with military honors, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul/St. Clare School, 1527 Penn Ave., Scanton, PA 18509.
For directions, to share a memory or to leave the family an online condolence, please visit www.vanstonandjames.com.
Vanston & James Funeral Home Inc
1401 Ash St Scranton, PA 18510
Published in Scranton Times from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2014