Peacefully and with his family around him, Tony passed at Margaret’s Place Hospice on January 17th, 2022 and is now with our Risen Lord.
Tony will be dearly missed by his loving wife Carol of 52 years. He was blessed with five children, Beth (Greg Belshaw), Tom (Rosanna), Maria (Adam Borczyk), Pete (Amanda) and Patrick (Jess). Tony was the treasured grandfather of Callum, Colin, Adrienne, Josephine, Johannah, Chelsea, Connor, Dylan, Haley, Landon and Jacob, who brought him immense joy.
Tony was born in Eccles, England to the late Carl and Maria Kerigan. Tony attended the London Hospital Medical School where he played rugby and met his sweetheart Carol. They were married in Albany, New York in 1969 and moved to Hamilton in 1971 where he completed his residency in internal medicine at McMaster University. Tony was on the staff at the Hamilton General Hospital for more than 40 years. Tony’s love for learning led him to additional training in respirology, care for the elderly, and palliative care. In retirement, Tony provided palliative care to patients in the community and at Emmanuel House. Tony will be remembered for his dedication and compassion for his patients as well as his enthusiastic and gentle mentorship of medical students and residents.
Tony was a founding member of the Catholic Physicians Guild of Hamilton. He was a volunteer at L’Arche and at YMCA Camp Wanakita in Haliburton in the medical centre. Tony, along with Carol, enjoyed many years of teaching marriage preparation courses. He enjoyed dragon boating with Lively Dragon, being in nature, walking, hiking, singing with Carol while she played the ukulele, and spending time with his grandkids.
He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Cecilia Hughes, twin sister Pat Kyrou (Andreas deceased) and brother Shaun Kerigan (Angela) and his nieces and nephews in England as well as his brother-in-law, Brother William Martin, FSC in Lincoft, New Jersey.
Tony’s family extends their deepest gratitude to Dr. Anne Boyle, Dr. Gordon Okawara, Dr. Samantha Winemaker, Julia Rock NP, Dr. Linou Zou, Dr. Jill Rudkowski, the clinical staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the palliative care community team, and the staff and volunteers at Margaret’s Place Hospice for their compassionate care and support for Tony and the family throughout his illness and last days.
Visitation will be held at Turner Funeral Home, 53 Main Street in Dundas on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at St. Augustine’s Church, 58 Sydenham Street in Dundas on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. and will be livestreamed. Interment to follow at St. Augustine’s Cemetery. Please wear bright colours if you wish! Respecting the restrictions of COVID-19, all guests must RSVP at https://signup.com/go/xsknWoJ on Tony’s obituary on the funeral home website for the visitation and provide proof of vaccination at the door. As there will be young grandchildren and elderly at the funeral, we request that attendees are fully vaccinated and masked. Tony’s family will host a celebration of life reception at a later time.
Due to a scent allergy, please do not send flowers. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Margaret’s Place Hospice, Emmanuel House, L’Arche Hamilton, or Birthright Hamilton.
So sorry to hear that sad news today. Lots of great memories at your house over the years with Tony and Carol. Deepest condolences to the entire family. The community lost a great man.
Very sorry for the loss of such a good man. My condolences to Carol and the entire Kerigan family. Tony is now reaping the rewards of a good and faithful life lived. He spent his life caring for others – he is now at rest in the loving and caring hands of the Lord.
So deeply saddened to hear this Our sincerest condolences to all of you. Memory eternal 🙏
Please accept our deepest condolences Pete and Amanda and family. We are thinking of you.
My deep condolences to the Kerigan Family. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Such a lovely man. And a good life lived. My love and condolences to all his family and loved ones.
Our condolences from the marrone family mr Kerigan’s memories still live with us and will always.
Our heartfelt condolences to the Kerigan family.
Sympathy to Carol and family.
Tony will be missed by all.
Sending our condolences to the Kerigan family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with Jessica, Patrick, Haley, Landon, Jacob, and the rest of the Kerigan family. We hope you can remember the good times with your father and gain comfort knowing he is at peace.
Katie, Mike, Ben and Theo
Deepest condolences from myself and Angie. May he rest in peace and I wish you peace and comfort in these tough times.
Our condolences to all of the Kerigan family. Tony was such a sweet man and we will miss seeing him visiting Pete & Amanda and the kids. Rest in peace.
Tony was a classical gentleman Physician all of us privileged to work with him appreciated his calm demeanor and benefitted from his wisdom and insight. The world needs more Tony Kerigans. He will be missed
My condolences to Tony’s family. The Dundas community has lost an amazing and kind man who gave of his time. He spent many years volunteering for the community Food Drive as did his family. He surely will be missed.
Our team, the Creighton Crew worked with Dr. Kerigan during our friend’s palliative care. He will always be remembered for his compassion, kindness, and love that he showed all of us right up until our friend’s end of life. He holds a special place in our hearts.
So sorry to hear of Tony’s death. Have memories galore of him at Emmanuel House. His caring spirit and smiling heart/face will be missed. Praying for you all.
Our deepest condolences to the Kerigan family. I had the pleasure of coaching boys soccer with Tony, just another example of his many contributions to our community. He will be greatly missed. We wish you peace, strength and comfort in these tough times. Rest in Peace Tony.
Tony was such a genuinely caring and humble man. He always, always put patients first. He was an amazing teacher, clinician and colleague from whom I learned so much.
Our condolences on Tony’s death. We dragon boated with Tony and he was such a nice person to be with.
I have a very heavy heart today, hearing of Tony’s death. Joel and I paddled with him at Lively Dragon for years. We will miss his smile, greetings each week and energetic stories. A wonderful man!
I had Tony as a Dragonboat partner at times abd I always enjoyed chatting with him. My condolences to his family
I am very sad to hear about Tonys passing. I will miss him in the Dragon Boat. My sincerely condolences and I pray his family members are comforted by knowing that he is with his Lord.
I am devastated to hear about Tony’s passing. I have never met a nicer person. He was a fantastic physician to work with and I have many fond memories of his warm smile, ability to brighten up any room and his compassion towards anyone he encounters. What a tremendous loss. My condolences to everyone who knew Tony. He was well loved!
The entire Bowman family is so deeply saddened at the passing of dear Tony. Each of us have been greatly touched by the kindness and wisdom of Tony at different stages in each of our lives. We offer continual prayers at this time, and offer our most sincere condolences to Carol and all of the beautiful Kerigan children and grandchildren. We have all lost a most beautiful, wise and gentle soul who made such an impact and touched so many in the various dimensions of this community that Tony so fervently worked and volunteered in. May Tony’s spirit continue to shine for the entire Kerigan family especially, in the beautiful memories that you all have created together. Sending much love and prayers.
My condolences to you carol and your family, unfortunately I know what you are going through. It was always a pleasure when talking to Tony at our store and the rest of your family
We are sorry to hear of your loss. We will never forget someone as special as Tony. We will miss him as a Dragon Boat teammate and a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of grief.
My deepest condolences to the Kerrigan family. Dr. Kerrigan was an exceptional and compassionate caregiver to all he touched. We had the pleasure of his support running a clinic at the Villa for many years. His patients, their families and the staff always spoke so highly of him and the support and reassurance he so easily and gently provided. Dr. Kerrigan certainly was doing our Lords work in his every action, word and gesture. In our hearts with our deepest respect always! God has called one of its angels home. Rest in peace
One of my first and most memorable teachers in medicine. Dr. Kerrigan always had time and a kind word for his patients, and for his trainees. He will be sorely missed.
Deepest condolences to the Kerigan Family. Dr. Kerigan was a valued teacher and mentor, and then a dear colleague. It was always a pleasure sharing patients with him, and running into him in the halls of the Hamilton General Hospital. He exemplified kindness and professionalism, and the joy he found in his work was a true inspiration. It was always evident to me that Dr. Kerigan lived his values and his faith every day. May his memory be a blessing to his family.
I first met Dr. Kerigan during my Internal Medicine Residency Program interview at McMaster University as an enthusiastic and optimistic medical trainee, and remember vividly his genuine kindness, warmth and engagement during our initial exchange. In the years that passed, I came to appreciate these as several of many characteristic virtues that defined him both personally and professionally. I am saddened to hear of his passing, and would hope to convey my sincerest of condolences to his family during this difficult time, intertwined with the joy created by fond memories that I and many others share in reflection.
Have known Tony for 40 years as a colleague and more importantly, a friend! Tony was a good man, thoughtful, honest and insightful. His kids grew up with mine. My son welcomes him into the next world. I will miss him ❤️❤️❤️
Tony was a beloved colleague of mine on the Palliative Outreach Team. I first met him as a nursing student on Ward 35 struggling to decipher his handwriting. Over time with that skill under my belt I worked with him at the Hamilton General and finally in the community where I truly felt the joy of his warmth, and love of humanity in all variations.
I could invite him to help me in troubled homes, to witness deep poverty and the most distressing social situation and he never failed to bring his compassion and love.
People say they are good Christians but Tony walked the bible daily in his practice of humility and grace. He has rubbed of on me and I will bring him with me to every visit when the situation is grim and I need to be brave but gentle.
I cannot imagine the grief his family must have at his loss but his health care family grieving too. We cannot really imagine doing this work without him.
My blessings to the Kerigan clan. I will remember you in my prayers.
Dear Carol and Family,
We were deeply saddened to read of Tony’s death today.
We had been praying as you know, since we first heard of his serious illness. We are confident that such a self-effacing, gifted, and faith-filled husband, family man and friend, is in the eternal Peace and presence of our Creator, God.
My deepest condolences to the Kerigan family. It was so sad to hear about his passing. Mr.Kerigan will always be remembered as a true gentle soul. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. In the hands of God, Mr.Kerigan will live on forever in heaven and in our hearts.
Sending heartfelt condolences to your family. I am so sorry for yor loss. Sending lots of ❤️
We are so saddened by Tony’s passing. He was a true gentleman, a fine person and a compassionate and intelligent physician who always took extra steps to ensure excellent patient care. Carol and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this very sad time…Tony was one of a kind and will be missed very much…
He was such an amazing and caring person….his legacy will be carried on in his children and grandchildren….may his memories continue to strengthen all of you….
I worked with Dr. Kerigan for many years I worked as the Senior Pulmonary Function Technologist/Respiratory Therapist at the Hamilton General. I respected his medical opinion and enjoyed working with him over the years until his retirement and appreciated his help and guidance over the years.
His patients told me of how much he cared for them.
I remember running into him in Dundas and some of his family on a hike with some of his family and myself with my parents. They all got along so well and knew he was such a great family man as well as great clinician.
I will miss him and my deepest sympathy to his family.
Bill Terhljan BSc, RCPT, PRT
Dundas and the broader community lost an amazing man in Tony. Personally, what I will always remember about Tony is the abundance of positive energy and enthusiasm for life that was so apparent when in his presence. So many great times were spent over the years at the Kerigan house in Dundas. Tony and Carol created such a welcoming household for all who came through those doors. Those memories and feelings will be cherished for a lifetime. Thank you T&C!
Our heartfelt love and sympathy goes out to the amazing Kerigan family.
Matt & Paula & Isla
Tony was a unique and kind person. He was respectful and genuine in his willingness to accept people for who they were. Tony and Carol were the patient instructors of our Marriage Preparation Course, and we will always remember the evident sense of fun and fondness that they shared. Tony was truly “one of the good ones”; he will be missed.
Dear Carol and the Kerigan family, My deepest condolences for your loss. Dr. Kerigan was a skilled and compassionate clinician and teacher, and a wonderful, kind soul. He touched so many lives and will be missed throughout our Hamilton medical community . Wishing you love and peace during this difficult time.
Dear Carol and family,
All of us in the McCann family are very saddened at the news of Tony’s passing.
We are praying for the repose of his soul, and I ask the Lord to bring you peace during this sad and difficult time.
I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to the Kerigan family. Tony was a remarkable person who touched all those that new him.
Dear Carol & all of your family,
So very sorry to hear your sad news. We have always enjoyed our greetings on a Sunday sharing family stories…always a warm smile..we have been blessed.
You are in our thoughts & prayers.
Deepest condolences. I met Tony when I started at HGH in 1987 as a young specialist from Toronto. He was always kind, welcoming and thoughtful, as well as a superb clinician and trusted colleague. I have always enjoyed my discussion and interactions with him over the years. He truly made a difference – to the world, to his patients and to his colleagues!
My heartfelt condolences to the Kerrigan family in this most difficult of times. Tony was such a gentle and compassionate man who quietly made so many contributions on a personal and community level. I am forever grateful to him for his kindness in his palliative care of my son Nathaniel and his thoughtfulness with me. My parents, John and Vera Walker thought the world of Tony and Carol, and my siblings join me in our prayers for the Kerigan family. Cathy Walker Hammond, Marj Walker, Bob Walker, Vera Litzen, and Jan Emberson
Toni was a role model of the ideal physician and will be sorely missed. From Clive and Sheryl Davis
Sorry for your loss. Tony was a dragon boat team mate and good friend to us all. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
Dear Carol and family,
Our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Dr. Tony
Dear Carol and family
I was saddened to hear of the passing of your dear husband. A gentle, kind man. He will be sadly missed by family and friends who knew him.
Hynda, Mark and David Halpren
Sincere condolences peace & comfort to Carol and family.
Carol & Tony , Rod & I were team babysitters for their first and our first Grandboys. , Callum & Colin..Beth & our son’ Greg ‘s children.
Great memories of fun cheering at hockey and baseball games .Tony finally understood baseball. Many birthday parties and Scattagory & board games.
The smiles were huge as he played with the boys. We will miss you Tony . You were a great fun Grandfather and friend to us. Your Christmas letters kept us all up to date and your sense of humour always showed through.
You will be missed by all who knew you.
Our heartfelt Condolences go out to Carol and all the Kerigan family. So many tresured memories. The fun time dinners. Tony will never be forgotten. God Bless🙏🏻
My heartfelt condolences to the entire Kerigan family at this most difficult time. Dr Kerigan served as my student advisor during my time at McMaster Medical School. His kindness and compassion towards patients, colleagues, students and learners left a lasting impression on me. I was certainly one of the lucky ones to have the best guide me on my medical journey. Our many conversations about medicine and family will never be forgotten. He truly was an inspiration and a phenomenal role model. Keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Carol and I wish to send Carol and Tony’s large family our most heartfelt condolences and deepest regrets at his death. I recall what a kind, knowledgeable and thoughtful physician he was when he trained in Respirology at St Joes. As well, I recall his lovely sense of humour.
He will be greatly missed by his patients, students and colleagues. Mike and Carol Newhouse
Tony had unparalleled compassion, wisdom, and clinical skills which he generously bestowed on clients, learners and all who were blessed to come into contact with him. These were enhanced by his deep faith and quiet but outstanding leadership skills. I was fortunate to know Tony and Carol best in their earliest dozen or so years in Hamilton, but have never lost my admiration and affection for them. My heartfelt condolences to all who are affected by his too early passing.
My sincere condolences to the Kerigan family. Dr Kerigan taught me the clinical and human side of medicine. His commitment to serve with his heart has inspired me and will not be forgotten.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Dr. Kerigan. I met Dr. Kerigan when I began my first job as a nurse at Emmanuel House. He was a tremendous support to me and our team and I learned immensely from his compassionate approach and family-centred care. He had a special way with each resident he interacted with. He was always a call away and I will never forget the ways he went above and beyond to support myself and our team at Emmanuel House. He taught me much as he continued to work up until his illness, and I am so fortunate to have been able to grow as a nurse from his dedication to palliative care, mentorship and character. He is and will continue to be greatly missed here at Emmanuel House. My prayers are with those who mourn this loss.
Our deepest sympathies to Carol and the Kerigan family. We met through Alpha and Gary and I were so impressed by their faith-filled,service-filled lives. These are the people that remain with us always.
I met Tony and Carol many years ago as part of the Mac Catholic Community. Those were spirit-filled years and meeting special people like Tony and Carol was evidence of that. We saw each other on and off over the years. In 2004, Tony helped my mum accept that my dad had to die and to let him go. It was a gift she desperately needed at that moment of confusion and uncertainty. 13 years later Tony was there again, this time to help my mum accept that it was her time to leave in August 2017. In addition to Tony’s superior clinical knowledge and skills, his gentleness, and his faith-filled confidence which gave him a light heartedness even in the hardest of moments, were the very gifts we needed and that he shared without stint. For his presence in our family journey and for all he had given to so many, we will always thank God- and of course, Tony. Well done, good and faithful servant. Receive the reward that is prepared for you. RIP The Pead Family
My Deepest condolences at the passing of Tony.
I remember him as a joyful man and his life is a testament to that.
Heaven is rejoicing.
( I’m maureen and Paul’s daughter)
Uncle Antony, forever in our hearts
My deepest condolences to Carol and her family. Tony will be remembered as a caring and kind man with a lovely smile.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
I remember Dr. Kerigan as one of the kindest people whom I met when in my first year of medical school at Mac just over a decade ago. We met many people in training but he definitely stood out as being a welcoming, thoughtful mentor. I also have fond memories of our dinners in your home. My deepest condolences to your family.
Our deepest condolences to Mrs. Kerigan and family. We will miss seeing Mr. Kerigan’s smile around the neighborhood and at Metro. He truly was a kind soul.
Dear Dad –
It still doesn’t feel real that you are gone. Thanks for being such an amazing dad to me, father-in-law to Rosanna and grandpa to Adrienne and Josephine. You’ve taught me so much in life and I know that I am who I am because of your positive influence and selfless efforts.
They always say that you never have enough time with your loved ones and I now know what they mean. I’ll continue to be the best version of me I can be, using you as my example.
I know that our faith in God, something you have instilled in all of us, says that one day, we will be reunited. I will hold onto that as I adapt to the new normal without you.
I love you Dad and I’ll never forget you.
Until we meet again,
Your son, Tom.
Our deepest condolences to Carol and the entire Kerigan and extended family. We are truly saddened to hear of his passing. We will always remember Tony as being kind, compassionate and thoughtful. He is a man of great integrity and deep faith. We can all use more of that in our lives. We are all better for having known Tony. Part of Tony’s legacy is seen in his wonderful children and grandchildren. Our prayers are with the family. May Tony rest in peace
So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. We paddled together with Lively Dragon. It was always a pleasure being in the boat with him. He always had an ever ready smile and great patience and a quick wit
My thoughts are with his family and friends
Condolences to the Kerrigan family. I knew Dr Kerrigan from the General. He was a true gentleman, kind, compassionate, understanding, never a harsh word. Adored by staff and his patients alike. He will be missed. RIP
Marg MacNaughton RN
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Dr. Kerigan. I had the privilege of working with Tony caring for our respiratory patients. So knowledgeable, gentle, kind, compassionate with his wry sense of humor. He shall be missed so much.
My condolences to the Kerrigan family on the loss of Tony. I have known him for 40 years. he was the consummate position, skilful at the bedside, and compassionate and kind with everybody but always truly humble throughout. He will be missed. Stephen Collins
Our deepest condolences to Carol and family.
We took a marriage preparation course from Tony and Carol and are very grateful for the advice and guidance.
With our heartfelt love and sympathy.
Such a profound loss. I remember Tony as a kind, funny, and gentle man. He brought our family great peace when he helped navigate our mom’s last days. He was a good good man. Xo
Dear Carol, Seems only yesterday Iwe were talking with you two on the phone.
Gord and I appreciated the time we spent together on Serena activities. I kept the video recordings and will treasure them. We will miss him.
We will pray for the repose of his soul. Such a wonderful kindhearted man. Prayers for you too. Hugs. Louise and Gord MacMillan
God bless Tony and you Carol!
You two were a great support and presence to the Serena Family.
May the Lord grant Tony his eternal reward, and grant you peace and comfort!