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Friends, family remember Patrick McGurran

Patrick William McGurran

Patrick William McGurran, of Amery, formerly of New Richmond, died Monday, Aug. 14l; he will be remembered by many for his service to the City of New Richmond and the Knights of Columbus, as well as being a good friend and family member.

"He had such a sense of humor and was so gracious and kind. He has a strong faith and community spirit," said friend Kay Walsh. "When my husband and I moved into our apartment in New Richmond many years ago, Patrick and his wife lived above us. We had kids at about the same time, so we became quick friends with our kids also being friends as well. We would go on picnics and trips together to places like Colorado and North Dakota. We remained close all these years."

McGurran is survived by his wife 56 years, Barbara (Weber) and his children Mary (Dan Schmit), Joseph (Sandra), Kathy (Todd Meinen), Sean (Rachel), and 15 grandchildren.

According to his obituary, McGurran was devoted to his family, friends, his church, community and North Dakota. He was a man of integrity: honest, generous, hard-working and loyal. McGurran was a graduate of the University of North Dakota. He served in the army as a medic. He started working at age 6 selling newspapers on a corner in Grand Forks, as a kid working in the fields picking potatoes, then joined the family business as a plumber; a skill he shared generously with family and friends his whole life.

For the majority of his career, McGurran worked as a corporate credit manager for Domain and Harvest States (CHS) Cooperative. He was elected Alderman and served as committee chairs on the New Richmond City Council and was on the Planning and Utilities Commissions. McGurran was also an active member at Immaculate Conception from Parish Council to serving donuts. He was a 57-year member of the Knights of Columbus, taking many roles with the council.

"I knew him as a family friend for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for a long time and was a past Grand Knight as well as treasurer," Pat Earley said. "He was in building the Knights of Columbus hall. He would do everything from brew the coffee to fixing the bathroom at the Knights of Columbus hall. He would do anything that needed doing. He was a really straight shooter and spoke his mind during meetings."

McGurran's obituary stated there was nothing he loved more than being with his wife, putting a kid to work in the garden, or having a grandchild tag along on his many errands.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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