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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

John Esmond Kerrigan III

October 11, 1963November 29, 2019

John Esmond “Jack” Kerrigan, III, a lifelong resident of New Orleans, died on November 29, 2019, following a year-long battle with cancer. He was born on October 11, 1963. He is survived by his wife, Monique Hymel Kerrigan; sons John Esmond Kerrigan IV (Jackson) and Charles Frederick Kerrigan (Chase); his mother, Haydée Lafaye Ellis and stepfather Judge Frederick S Ellis (Steve); sisters Colleen Kerrigan, Mary (Malise) Kerrigan Dennard (Eddie), and Caroline Kerrigan. He was preceded in death by his father, John Esmond “Johnny” Kerrigan, Jr. Jack will also be mourned by his in-laws Frances Drago Hymel, Erik Hymel (Raegan), Victoria Lighter (Bernard) and beloved nieces and nephews.

Jack attended Holy Name of Jesus School and De La Salle High School and graduated from LSU with a degree in graphic design. He had a varied career, one that started in design and included printing, sales, stints on Wall Street, and finally restaurant management. He was naturally athletic and particularly enjoyed golf, baseball, snow skiing, and tennis. He was an avid Saints and LSU football fan. Jack will be most remembered for his incredible creativity and artistic ability, as well as his wonderful sense of humor. As a student, he apprenticed with the renowned Mexican-American artist Enrique Alferez at his foundry/ studio in Morelia, Mexico. Jack was chosen to participate in a city-wide public art project, and exhibited at the Palmer Park Art Market, as well as showings in art galleries in SoHo and the French Quarter. His creations are admired in many private collections. A lifelong Elvis fan, Jack cherished his time as a member of the Rolling Elvi, as well as other carnival organizations. Jack treasured his friendships with his brothers at Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, his regular lunch group, and the many friends he retained from all phases and aspects of his life. It has been said of Jack, that “he was the nicest guy in the room, no matter who else was in the room.” He was always available to those in need of kindness or a good time.

There will be a funeral Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 631 State Street, New Orleans, on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:00 p.m., preceded by visitation beginning 4:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life reception will immediately follow. A private burial will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please celebrate Jack’s memory by donating to the Pamela Posecai Family Assistance Fund at Ochsner. Give online by visiting ochsner.org/jack or mail checks to 1514 Jefferson Hwy. BH 607, New Orleans, LA 70121.

Services

11 December

Visitation

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

631 State Street
New Orleans, LA

11 December

Memorial Mass

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

631 State Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Memories

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Matthew Dillon

December 7, 2019

Jack was a wonderful guy who dearly loved his family and loved our local New Orleans history. He was a Longtime Facebook friend. I met him every year for the past 7 years on the Parade route of Muses in the rolling Elvi's. I will dearly miss him. Prayers for his family.

Melissa and Corey Watson

December 6, 2019

We will be praying for you Monique, Jackson and Chase...that God will provide the strength, peace and continued support that you need.

Cynthia Morse

December 6, 2019

I knew Jack only slightly, though his friendship with the family of Franklin Adams, my partner for the 19 years preceding his death in 2008. When his son started Kindergarten at Lusher, I enjoyed seeing Jack there. Then Katrina hit and the city was devastated. I stayed through the storm, but left Wed. afternoon, heading west. We turned north just past Baton Rouge as I remembered hearing about the little town of New Roads. We stopped for gas at a TimeSaver. as it began to get dark. I walked into the crowded store and heard immediately "Cindy Morse, what are you doing here? Come to the house for a meal and stay a night." It was Jack. The kindness of instant welcome was so wonderful ! I think they evicted someone as we were given a beautiful bedroom. It was followed by a delicious supper and company who knew what had happened. It was there we learned, for the first time, the levees had broken. In the morning, we found a rental where we stayed for a month before retuning to help rebuild NOLA. Thank you Jack ! and Monique and her family too.

Aimee Freeman

December 5, 2019

Jack was always kind. He looked for ways to make the world a better place for his family and friends. Prayers for all who loved him. May he Rest In Peace.

Maunsel White

December 5, 2019

I'm so sad to hear of Jack's passing. He was a cousin whom I had only recently gotten to know. We corresponded extensively before meeting in person a few years ago. I so enjoyed his company and our discussions of many areas where we shared similar interests. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Mickey Phelan, III

December 5, 2019

Prayers for Jack and his beautiful extended Family.

Kurt Heumann

December 4, 2019

Prayers sent for the nicest man in the room!!!!

Melissa Kelly-Rhodes

December 4, 2019

Monique,
We are so saddened by the passing of Jack. You, Jackson, Chase and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Melissa and Steve Rhodes

Bruce Hirsch

December 4, 2019

An exceptional person. We were blessed to have crossed paths with Jack. He will be missed. God bless.

KARL MILLER

December 4, 2019

Mr. Jack was a unique person. Met him at LSU, then again in New York City, and kept in touch over the years. Many common friends together and he always seemed to enjoy life the fullest. To quote his favorite Elvis Presley, "Until we meet again, may God bless you as he has blessed me". Mr. Jack will be missed.