Dr. Patrick Harrigan

Dr. Patrick J. Harrigan

1941 - 2023

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Obituary of Dr. Patrick J. Harrigan

Dr. Patrick J. Harrigan passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 81 years of age.


Dear husband of the late Mary Helen (Martin) Harrigan (2018). Loving and cherished father of Sara Domingues, her husband Michael, their children Jacob and Finn, and son Daniel Harrigan. Will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and good friends.


Dr. Harrigan was an honored member of the University of Waterloo community. Having arrived on campus in 1969, he was an outstanding teacher, researcher and administrator. Retired in 2007, his years of teaching excellence secured him a place as one of the most revered professors in the Department of History.


He authored numerous books and articles - too many to recite here. Dr. Harrigan served in every major administrative position in the Department of History, including two terms as Chair. He will be fondly remembered as a popular professor in the Department of History by both colleagues and former students.  


Patrick was born in Detroit, Michigan and was a lifetime devotee of his beloved Detroit Tigers. It was not uncommon to find him sunning on the weekend in his backyard with a good book, ice cream, surrounded by his pugs with the Tiger’s game being announced over the radio.


Patrick was a generous man who gave freely to many charities.  He helped to better the lives of so many people. It gave him great joy to positively impact the lives of those around him. His love for all animals was evident, especially his many Pug dogs and current loyal companion Gus.


Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., on Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 2 – 4 p.m. Vigil Prayers at 4 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church,173 Lourdes St., Waterloo on Friday, May 19, 2023 at 11 a.m., with the Very Reverend Monsignor Edward Sheridan officiating.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Haven of the Heart Animal Sanctuary, The Donkey Sanctuary or The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo. These may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com




2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Erb & Good Family Funeral Home
171 King Street South
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Funeral Mass

11:00 am
Friday, May 19, 2023
Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church
173 Lourdes Street West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada