Colin Geraghty

  • "I knew a side of Colin that nobody else did. I was lucky..."
    - Ann Geraghty
  • "I just found out this afternoon 08/04/13 that my "brother..."
    - Rob Pinon
  • "I convinced Colin four years ago to take the class and..."
    - Tom Grady
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    - Kara Hornby
  • "Deepest sympathies. Colin was always that spunky boy..."
    - Bonnie Ivy

Colin K. Geraghty died as a result of an automobile accident as he headed to work in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday morning, April 13, 2013.

He leaves behind his wife, Ann, and his step sons, Logan and Jax. Colin also leaves behind an extended family that was very proud of where he had come from to become a hardworking and devoted husband and father.

Colin Klippel Geraghty was born on November 5, 1984 in Anchorage, Alaska. On October 22, 1988, Colin's mom, Ruth Mishel, married Mike Geraghty and they started a family with Colin as son number 1. Four more siblings eventually joined the brood and there were many more cousins, uncles, and aunts.

Colin spent his childhood with his active family immersed in sports, family gatherings and vacations, and summertime at the family cabin at Harding Lake. He was an accomplished athlete who played competitive hockey throughout his youth, including two National championship tournaments.

After graduating from Dimond High School in 2003, Colin demonstrated his strength of character when he successfully confronted his personal struggles with determination and grit. He moved to Minneapolis in 2008, where he built a network of supportive friends, enjoyed numerous activities, and met the love of his life, Ann Evans. He became devoted to Ann's kids and in the last month learned that he and Ann would be having a child in September, a son that he was already very proud of.

Colin worked in a variety of fields, including home construction, hard wood flooring, and putting his Harding Lake experience to work as a certified pool operator. He recently started a new career with Avis at the Minneapolis Airport, and he was headed to that job on the morning of his fatal accident.

Colin will be remembered for a playful sense of humor, his love of family, generosity of spirit and a remarkable sense of kindness to those in need -- and for his personal courage.

Colin is survived by his maternal grandparents, Tom and Mary Klippel, with whom he had a very close bond. He also stayed in frequent contact with his 94-year-old grandmother, Angela Geraghty. In addition he leaves behind his proud and loving parents, Mike and Ruth Mishel Geraghty; his brothers Michael "Mickey", Kiefer and John "Jack", and his beloved sister Devin; his "aunts," Stacy Monaghan (Sean) of Calgary, Pamela Wendt (Brad) of Phoenix, Caprice Springer (Brad) of Anchorage, and Lynn Klippel of Eagle River; his uncle Steve Geraghty (Lisa) of Fairbanks; his other "uncles," Jim Matherly (Moriah), Jeff Matherly, and Steve Elliott, all of Fairbanks; cousins: Jessi and Matt Pfiester of Fairbanks, Tess and Tommy Klippel of Eagle River, John Vallentine of Prescott, AZ, Stephanie Vallentine of Scottsdale, AZ, and JC Durante, Matt, Alex and Evan Carson, all of Anchorage -- and a host of junior "cousins," too numerous to mention here but loved nonetheless.

Colin was preceded in death by his uncle and godfather, K.C. Klippel; grandfather Clyde Geraghty; aunts and uncles: Olga and Ken Carson, and Vera and Jim Matherly; and cousins, Scott Carson and Galena Klippel.

A Funeral Service will be held for Colin at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, April 20, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 545 W. 8th Avenue, Anchorage. A reception will follow immediately afterwards at the Geraghty's home, 6761 Reklas Circle. The family intends to start a fund for Colin's yet-to-be born child and asks that friends who want to honor his memory please coordinate contributions through his good friend Sam Tikka at Edward Jones Investments, (907) 334-3029.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2013