Robert David Kerrigan
Robert was born in Chicago on September 30, 1939, the fourth child of Michael J. Kerrigan and Catherine M. O'Connell. He attended St. Gabriel's grammar school, and then Sacred Heart. Bob desired to become a priest, and attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary, graduating with the Class of 1959. Some of his favorite memories were of his days at Quigley, where he met the friends of his life, and enjoyed many sports including wrestling and swimming, as well as Drama and Music. He had a rich baritone voice, and his loved ones enjoyed hearing him sing throughout his days. He played the piano, accordion, guitar, and ukulele. Bob had two older brothers, Donald and Michael, one older sister, Dolores, and a younger sister, Sharon. The family grew up in the St. Gabriel's Parish on 47th Street, near Lowe Avenue. Bob's father, Mike, was a Chicago policeman for more than 30 years. Bob's mother, Catherine, worked as a telephone operator. Both parents were full of personality and fun, and passed along the love of life and laughter to all of their children and grandchildren. Following Quigley, Bob entered St. Mary's of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, and also had many fond memories of his days there. However, he decided to leave after about six months, and then attended college and was in the Army, stationed at Fort Ord in Northern California. While working as an orderly at Little Company of Mary Hospital following the Army, he met the love of his life, Kathleen Briggs. Kathleen and Bob were married in 1963, and enjoyed almost 50 years of married life. Kathleen passed away on December 13, 2012. They had three children, Marie, Bobby and Joanie. Bobby died of cancer in September of 2010. Bob and Kathleen were very fond of their grandchildren: Frankie, Bridget, Tyler, Christina, and Jimmy. In 1975, Bob graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science at the top of his class. The family moved from Chicago to San Diego in 1976, and Bob worked for a mortuary chain for several years before opening Balboa Cremation Services in 1980. For the next 32 years, Bob and Kathleen helped grieving families in their time of need, and earned an excellent reputation of providing caring service. Many of his friends and family will remember Bob for his laughter and intelligence, and love of life. He was gifted in many ways, but his greatest gift was his faith. We will miss him greatly.
1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday May 4, 2014
Lawn Funeral Home - Tinley Park