Patrick Merrigan, 90, passed peacefully at home with his family at his side. He was born in Reynolds, N.D. on March 17, 1928, to James and Emma Merrigan. The youngest of seven children, he was predeceased by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.
He moved to Oakland as a teenager, attending Oakland High School. After World War II, he enlisted in the army and served in the “Army of Occupation” in Japan, playing basketball to entertain the U.S. Troops stationed there. After his service, he attended Armstrong College, graduating with a business degree in 1953.
After graduation, he worked at various freight-forwarding companies, before eventually becoming an independent contractor with Santa Fe Railroad.
In 1953, he met and married his wife of 64 years, Yvonne (Vonnie) Puget Merrigan. They raised a beloved family of five children: Mark (Karen), Sharon, Patti, Paul (Diane) and Kevin (Paula). They, along with seven grandchildren: Bryan, Christina, Amber, Aaron, Katie, Christopher (deceased) and Andrew, were the “Loves of his Life.”
Golf joined basketball as his favorite pastime. He was a 34-year member of the Alameda Commuters Committee, serving as the General Chairman in 1995. He was also responsible for the formation of the Senior Division of the Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament, serving as entry chairman for many years. A single-digit handicapper into his late 70s, he was Alameda Golf Club Match Play Champion, Club Champion and shot his age numerous times.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Memorial services will be held this Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Basilica, located at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. A reception will follow at a site to be announced.