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Chip was a Vietnam Veteran who served as an E-4 Specialist in the United States Army. He later shared many wonderful years with his beloved dog, Derek, and his wife, Rena, before having children and settling down.
His family would become one of the greatest joys of his life. Chip was an avid car enthusiast, stemming from his early work as a mechanic at Fruitrich Cadillac, where he worked alongside his best friend, Edward Czaplicki. On Sundays, you would find them waving Terrible Towels as they cheered their team–the Pittsburgh Steelers—to countless victories. Chip enjoyed music, which he felt everyone needed in their life; he believed in living to the beat of your own drum. He was the embodiment of what it truly meant to live free.
Chip is survived by his soulmate and wife of 34 years, Rena; his daughter, Kelly “Monster,” and her love, Daniel Melnik; his son, Wally “Coco” III; his brother and best friend, Edward Czaplicki, and his wife Joanne; his partner in crime and therapy dog, Gunther; his brothers-in-law Mike and Dennis Barnett, who were true brothers in spirit; his sisters, Colleen Soldi and her husband Jack, and Deborah Kerrigan; and his younger brother, Joseph Kerrigan. He is also survived by his Uncle Carl Alber, and his wife Joyce; and his Aunt Betty Lezca, and her husband Roger; and Aunt Carla Marino; as well as countless nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Doris (Alber) Kerrigan and Wallace Kerrigan I, along with his unconditional friends, Derek, The Mighty Quinn, Rolling Thunder, and Fossil.
A private celebration of Chip’s life will be held at a later date
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