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McGARRIGLE – Kieran

August 23, 1949– March 10, 2010

Kieran McGarrigle was born on August 23, 1949 and passed away March 10, 2010 after a brave struggle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife Anne; daughters, Karen and Samantha; son Eugene; and granddaughter Kiara. Kieran was born in Strabane, Northern Ireland and immigrated to Calgary, along with his family in 1981. He worked as an instrument technician at Western Co-Op Fertilizers, Suncor in Fort McMurray and ended his career at the City of Calgary. Kieran achieved national level soccer referee status and received many awards for his dedication and commitment to the soccer community. In memory of Kieran and his love of life he asked that we all wear something of colour for the service.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (4718 Worcester Drive S.W.) on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Donations in lieu of flowers are to be made to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, P.O. Box 52051, Edmonton Trail North, Calgary, AB T2E 8K9 Telephone: (403) 539-5131, to the Foothills Country Hospice, Box 274, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A5 Telephone: (403)995-4673, or to the Calgary Women’s Soccer Association, 7000 48th Street S. E., Calgary, AB T2C 4E1 Telephone: (403) 720-6692.

In living memory of Kieran McGarrigle, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Christie Sikora (Cameron) :

    Samantha and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    He fought one heck of a fight and I’ll always remember how funny he was.
    Christie & the boys

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  2. Doug Demetrick :

    To Kieran’s Family. As a long time soccer player in Calgary, I have been reffed by Kieran many times, including the last outdoor game I played last summer.

    I knew he was ill, but was shocked and very saddened to hear of his passing. He was a straight up guy with a good sense of humor, an excellent ref who obviously loved the game and he had a great feeling for the game and reffed with common sense. He was very much respected by all players for both his skill and dedication (even if we may have disagreed with his calls, from time to time 🙂 ).

    I am so sorry for his passing. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

    Sincerely,
    Doug Demetrick
    CUSA player O-45

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  3. Robert Palmer :

    Hello, this is Robert Palmer from Rangers FC, on the west side of Calgary. We were fortunate enough to have Kieran as a referee many times over the years, and there was never any question that he was one of the very best there was. I am terribly sorry to hear of his passing and offer my sincere condolences.

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  4. Dave & Maggie Stasiak & Family :

    To Anne, Karen, Eugene, Samantha & Kiara, please accept our sincerest condolences & heartfelt sympathy at this very sad time in your lives, but always take pride in knowing that he fought a very brave, long hard battle and you can all take comfort now in knowing that he is no longer suffering. God Bless you all..XO

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  5. To Aunt Anne, cousins Karen, Eugene, Samantha and Kiara,
    Although we can’t be with you at this sad time please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Uncle Kieran is at peace at last.
    Love
    Allison, David, Lucy and Sophia
    (Belfast)

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  6. Corinna Maguire :

    We’ll miss you Kieran, but will never forget you.
    Love you,
    Corinna, Barry & Mia.

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  7. Anne our sincere condolences to you and your family.
    John & Colleen

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  8. Canadian Soccer Referees Association :

    On behalf of the refereeing fraternity in the Canadian Soccer Referees Association, please accept our condolensces on Kieran’s passing.

    Kieran will be remembered by many for his love of the Beautiful Game and his passion for refereeing. He will be missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Through the grace of God may his soul rest in peace.

    Sincerely,

    Elvio Chies
    CSRA VP and Acting Secretary

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  9. Scott McEwan :

    Just wanted to send my condolences. I met your father years ago playing soccer. Although I did not know him well, if he was anything like Eugene he was a good man. So Sorry for your loss.

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  10. Maureen and Les Young (San Diego) :

    Our sincere condolences go out to Anne Karen, Samantha, Eugene and the rest of the family in Canada and Ireland. I have known the family for years and have played on the Fishcreek soccer team with Kieran for a number of years. I have also refereed with Kieran in Calgary, Whitefish and other glorious spots throughout Canada (including the infamous Grassy Lake).
    We both have fond memories of Kieran from playing, singing and the occasional small libation(or two) with him. I still fondly remember his 50th. birthday party in the house with some of us dressed up with balloons on our heads to imitate his own hair style.
    We will miss Kieran and the family will be in our prayers

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  11. Marilyn Meyer :

    Our thoughts are with the McGarrigle families.

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  12. Sean Kiernan, ASA Life Member :

    My deepest sympathies go out to Kieran’s family.

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  13. Gary Sr., Susan & Gary Roy Jr. :

    You had a great smile and you were passionate in your beliefs…you left an everlasting impact on the Provincial and Canadian soccer community. Time well spent Kieran…you’ll be missed but not forgotten.

    Our hearts and thoughts are with your family.

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  14. Paula McGarrigle and Leonard Olien :

    Love ya Kieran. Will miss you. Our thoughts are with your family.

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  15. My sincere sympathy to you and your family, Anne. I will not forget all the times, both on and off the field, I spent with Kieran over the years. He was very influential in helping me to become the best referee I could. I always held his ability to manage a game as a model for me.
    I’ll also remember the hours that Kieran, Mike and I used to spend every winter for 3 years in my basement writing the Indoor Manual for the upcoming season. Kieran used to then take great delight when he was in the box assisting me on the field, to let me know I made mistakes even though I had help write the rule book.
    I am saddened that Kieran’s life had to be shortened more than it should have been.

    Jack Blair
    Calgary

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  16. Ella and Jamie Berry and family :

    To Anne, Karen, Samantha, Eugene, and Kiara:
    We send our deepest condolences to you for your very sad loss. Our hearts go out to you.
    Your next door neighbors, the Berrys.

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  17. Anne McAlduff :

    A dear mentor, inspiration & friend, our lives are diminished by his loss, but greatly enriched and blessed for his time with us.

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family, Anne, on the passing of a great, valiant man.

    He met each struggle with humor and a smile… and never let us forget that life is a gift to be cherished and enjoyed.

    I’ll miss him.

    Anne McAlduff (nee Donlevy)

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  18. Audrey Miller :

    I am so sorry to hear about Kieran, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now

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  19. Sue & Charles Vanderwindt :

    Anne, please accept our sincerest condolences. Sad to lose a good friend.
    Sue and Charles

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  20. Richard Sansregret :

    To Anne, Karen, Samantha, Eugene and family,
    Thank you for sharing Kieran with us. You are in our thoughts during your grief. Kieran will always be with us.
    Richard and Joanna Sansregret

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  21. Mike & Lisa Jamieson :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne, Karen, Eugene and Samantha. I have known Kieran for many years in the Calgary soccer community and I have been best friends with Eugene since ’95. Kieran has always offered a smile and a chuckle (usually at my expense). His charm and charisma is a gift we will all miss dearly. He fought bravely and our memories of him will be cherished.

    Mike & Lisa Jamieson

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  22. To Anne, Karen, Samantha, Eugene, and Kiara:

    I would like to send my deepest condolences to you for your very sad loss. My heart goes out to you too along with many.

    Kieran was my long time friend and mentor throughout my refereeing career. He will always live on in my dreams and passion on the field.

    I’ll miss him greatly but feel privledged to have had him in my path in life.

    Doug.

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  23. Kim Chan & Irene :

    Kieran has been a good friend and a work partner. The suffering and pain he has had the last few years were beyond what any body can comprehend. May his soul rest in peace and my deepest sympathy to the family.

    Kim & Irene Chan

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  24. I am so sorry for your loss. Kieran and I worked together for about 20 years, but we worked side by side at Fish Creek for the last few years. In those years working side by side you really get to know each other. You get to see a side of that person other people don’t. When I went through a divorce I had a very difficult time and I saw a caring and compasionate side of Kieran I don’t think many people know about. For the support I got from him I will always be grateful.
    I also saw the man who was always so supportive and proud of his children and their accomplishments. His family was important to him.
    He was my friend and I will miss him.
    Tom Rubletz

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  25. On behalf of the Chairman and Members of the CSA Referees Committee, I extend our deepest sympathy at the passing of Kieran. An individual committed to the sport of soccer and refereeing in particular, he will be missed by the refereeing family and people whose life he enriched in countless ways.

    You are in our thoughts at this sad time.

    THE CSA REFEREES COMMITTEE

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  26. O'Keefe family :

    Sorry to hear of your loss. If you need anything, we are only 2 houses away.

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  27. Karen Cenedese :

    My thoughts are with you. I am sorry that I can not be there today to honour someone who was so highly regarded within our soccer community. I will never forget his presence on and off the field.

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  28. Alex Rufibach :

    To Kieran’s Family

    As an upcoming referee in the City of Calgary I had the privilege to work with and get to know Kieran as an excellent Referee and a wonderful person.
    I was shocked to hear the news about his passing.
    He’ll be sadly missed.

    My thoughts are with you during this sad time.

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  29. Tracy Burgess & Callies Storm :

    Very saddened to hear of Kieran’s passing. He will be fondly remembered in the soccer world. May your hearts carry only happy memories!!

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  30. I used to see him at work. Obviously not so much over recent years. I have missed his smiling face and sense of humour coming in the door. It was always a bright spot in my day when he came in. My deepest sympathies to the McGarrigle clan. He will be sorely missed.

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  31. Nicole O'keefe :

    Hello, this message is from the O’Keefe’s two doors down from you Anne (Gillian, Kerry, Liam, and Rory as well.)

    We are so sorry for your loss. We know he had struggled with illness for quite a while. We are glad you have each other to get through this. Our thoughts are with you.

    From Nicole and Sean O’keefe.

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  32. Cathal McGarrigle :

    Dear Anne, Karen, Eugene, Samantha and Kiara,
    We are sorry we cannot be there with you today to celebrate Kieran’s Life.
    But please know you are never far from our thoughts and prayers.
    I will treasure the many happy brotherly memories that I have.
    Love Cathal and Sarah (Cissie)
    (Strabane)

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  33. Sue Bruzell ( Sansregret) :

    Dear Anne,
    I was very sad to read of Kieran’s passing. I have very fond memories of Kieran from the soccer trips we used to take. He was a very vibrant man with a huge heart and a fabulous smile. It is a great loss to the soccer community. Please accept my prayers for your family in this difficult time.

    Sue Bruzell ( Sansregret)

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  34. alan slater :

    Still thinking of you Kieran..you were a very special friend and we shared some magic moments at Whitefish…

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