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.