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Obituary: Robert Kerrigan

The family of Robert E. Kerrigan will gather on Thursday, May 11 at 11 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery for his interment service in the Columbarium. Mr. Kerrigan died at his Herndon Harbor House home after a brief illness on Dec. 31, 2005. A funeral mass was held on Jan. 5 at St. Mark Church in Vienna.

Mr. Kerrigan was stationed at Fort Myer from early 1955 until late 1956. As a member of "The Old Guard" he served at Arlington National Cemetery. Among the duties of "The Old Guard" is to guard the tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Kerrigan, 69, retired from New York State Civil Service in 1993 and moved to Virginia, home to four of his five children. He moved to the Herndon Harbor House in 1999. Bob, as he was known, was very social and easily made friends in the Town of Herndon. He took pleasure in participating in several annual Herndon parades. He was also a member of both the Herndon and Vienna American Legion Posts and had been a member of the Vienna Moose Lodge.

He was predeceased by his parents and six siblings; two of his sisters died earlier in the year of 2005.

He was a proud father and grandfather. He is survived by five children, Paul, Bob, Karen, Joyce and Michael and 10 grandchildren, Ricky, George, Kevin, Robbie, Kristin, Christopher, Katie, Jack, Kyle and Sabrina and his former wife and friend, Joyce.