Brian Joseph Corrigan passed away quietly at his parents' home in Cedaredge Sunday night, Feb. 24, 2013, after a 20-month battle with esophageal cancer. He was 44.
Brian was most proud of his nieces and nephews and was a fun and devoted uncle to Haley, Kylie, Vincent, Gabriella, Nicholas, Lizzie, Becca and Calvin; as a brother, he was an unflagging cheerleader and friend; he was a loving son. Brian greeted everyone with a smile and had the rare gift of being a great listener; when he asked how you were doing, he always cared about the answer.
Despite his lifelong struggle with debilitating OCD, Brian retained his optimism and curiosity about the world and its people. He loved books and had a keen interest in history and science, technology, science fiction, art and poetry. He had a tremendous intellect and a memory to match and loved nothing more than playing chess and discussing ideas. He enjoyed trying new foods and exploring new places, especially the many bookstores, museums, national parks and monuments from New York City to San Francisco, the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Alamo in San Antonio. He attended Cedaredge public schools and was a 1987 graduate of Cedaredge High School, attended Mesa State College and lived in Grand Junction.
Brian was above all a fighter. From his birth as a 1.5 pound preemie, Brian survived several health crises against all odds, and in the process his life served to advance medical science. He taught the rest of us about patience and compassion, courage and loyalty, and most of all, gratitude.
He will be deeply missed by his parents, Glenn and Sheila Corrigan of Cedaredge, who cared for and supported him faithfully these many years; his younger siblings, Lt. Col. James Corrigan (Sonya) of Harker Heights, Texas, Mary Renteria (J.R.) of Shawnee, Kansas, and Margaret Wooll (David) of San Francisco, Calif.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, at St. Phillip's Catholic Church in Cedaredge. For more information, please contact Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors at (970) 240-9870 or www.sunsetmesafuneral
In lieu of flowers, please remember Brian with donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, the National Alliance of Mentally Ill (NAMI), the Grand Junction Public Library or the American Cancer Society.
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