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Daniel Kerrigan, the father of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan, was remembered at his Stoneham funeral today as a humble, devoted family man whose support served as a launching pad to his daughter's success.
"There was not another like him. There was no pretentiousness. What you saw is what you got. He was the salt of the earth. He was the support of everyone," said family friend Jim Day, who delivered the eulogy to the hundreds of family and friends at the packed St. Patrick's Church in Stoneham, the Kerrigans' hometown.
Kerrigan, 70, died Sunday after struggling with his oldest son, Mark, at the Kerrigans' Stoneham home. Mark Kerrigan is facing assault and battery charges, but could face more serious charges if his alleged attack on his father is linked to his father's death.
Mark Kerrigan has pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. He was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a psychological evaluation and was not permitted to attend the funeral.
Day said at the funeral that the father was proud of all three of his children, including Mark.
"He was a remarkable individual who loved nothing more than his family. He was an individual with the highest character. If we had more people like Daniel Kerrigan, there would be more peace and love in this world," he said.
"If Nancy had to have her skates sharpened yesterday, he would do it," Day said. "There was nothing he wouldn't do."
A tearful Nancy Kerrigan consoled her mother, Brenda, as did her other brother, Michael.
Rev. William Schmidt linked Nancy Kerrigan's skating successes to her father, saying her ability to "proceed with confidence and grace was rooted in her knowledge that her father was always there for her."
Nancy Kerrigan won a silver medal in the 1994 Olympics and a bronze in the 1992 Olympics. She gained international fame when she was clubbed in the knee before the 1994 Olympics in a plot orchestrated by associates of rival figure skater Tonya Harding.
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