Daniel Kerrigan, 70, who was a U.S. Army veteran, died after a violent struggle with his son, Mark Kerrigan, 45, who has pleaded not guilty to assault. Mark Kerrigan was sent for a psychological evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital after being charged.
Mourners who packed the church were told that the elder Kerrigan always loved his son despite a tortured relationship.
"His love for his son was continually tested, but never faltered," said the Rev. William Schmidt, according to the Boston Herald. "He never failed to be there to take him back to the full embrace of his love until his final moment."
Family friend Jim Day, who eulogized Kerrigan, encouraged the church to also think of the younger Kerrigan in jail.
"If you find it in your hearts, say a prayer for his son, Mark," said Day, the Herald reported.
Daniel Kerrigan's widow, Brenda, who is legally blind, was escorted by daughter Nancy and son Michael from the church.