BRATTLEBORO - Brian Francis Patrick Horrigan, 82, died peacefully, surrounded by loving family and friends, at his home on Valley Road on Saturday, July 31.
Brian was born April 10, 1939 to William and Ella Horrigan of Gardner, MA. He graduated from Gardner High School in 1957. He joined the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division. He spent most of his adult life in southern Vermont and was a dedicated member of the National Ski Patrol, including a 30-year career in ski rescue in the Deerfield Valley area for Mount Snow, Haystack, and Carinthia. Brian served several years as the Haystack Ski Patrol leader. Following his retirement from ski patrolling, he continued helping guest residents at the Ripley building at the Brattleboro Retreat.
Brian was well-known for his fun sense of humor and his unique one-liners; he did not mince his words. He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. Brian loved spending time with his sons, “his boys,” and their families. Every summer for over 20 years, Brian and his family enjoyed “beach time” at Hampton Beach, NH.
Brian was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Paul Horrigan. Brian is survived by his three sons, Patrick Horrigan, of Brookline, Sean Horrigan, of Sanford, ME, and Michael Horrigan, of Hillsboro, OR; his two daughters-in-law Marcia and Donna Horrigan; grandchildren Crystal Durocher, of Brookline, Sklyer Horrigan, of Grey, ME, and Shae Horrigan, of Waldoboro, ME; great-grandchildren Sophia and Gemma Durocher; his sister Mary Roth, of Gardner, MA; his brother William Horrigan, of South Dennis, MA; and many nieces, nephews, family, friends, and neighbors.
A celebration of life for Brian will be held in the summer of 2022, to honor his spirit, joy, and connections with people; details to follow. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for check donations to this local Vermont veterans group: CVMA 26-3, Attn: Jay Kerner, 450 Karen Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.