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Subject: Disc Jockey Paul Menard (AKA Irving Harrigan)


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Date Posted: Friday, October 05, 10:30:39pm

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Paul N. Irv Harrigan' Menard February 18, 1937 - September 25, 2018 San Diego Paul Narcisse Menard, aka "Irving Harrigan," a radio legend and legendary family man who chose San Diego, CA, as the place to park his travelling show, died September 25, 2018 after fighting multiple health issues at the age of 81. Paul is survived by this wife and love of his life, Patricia Menard, and his daughters, Kimberly, Paula, Genevieve, Jodi and Toni. (Here is where Harrigan would point to his own bald head and say something like, five daughters, no hair left.) He was blessed with many grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, but he spent some of his happiest days loving, sharing and laughing with Cassie, Zach, Cady, JP, Skylar, Jacob and most recently Harper Rose. Paul Menard was born in South Hadley, Massachusetts, on February 18, 1937 to Paul Menard and Blanche Philion. Paul developed a deep love of music through his childhood, surrounded by the musical aunts he loved. So, he first pursued a career as a musician and singer in Texas for many years and was a member of the Doo-Wop group Don Coates and the Bon Aires and appeared in the Sizzling Hot Rock Movie, Rock It Baby, Rock It (1957). As Paul's family began, and the need to financially support them extended beyond what music gigs covered, the "payola" given to disc-jockeys to play his records inspired a career change. By 1966 Paul Menard had already established himself as a radio personality in Dallas and had taken on the radio persona of "Irving Harrigan." There Irv met his longtime partner in radio and crime (as the KFMB ads later touted, they stole your hearts), "Charlie Brown" (Jack Woods). From there Charlie & Harrigan traveled together through many markets making people laugh with their morning show antics. They invented national syndication of their market specific radio show for 40 affiliates across the country before the satellite age, rubbed elbows in celebrity circles, produced television shows and made non-stop public appearances together for over 30 years. Charlie and Harrigan were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2014 and his charity work for Muscular Dystrophy Association and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital made Paul extremely proud. Paul is also survived by talented radio partners, colleagues, mentees and friends whom he adopted and took under his wing over the years. He loved to teach in classrooms, the sound booth and in business. He inspired many people to follow their dreams in entertainment, business and life. Reading clearly aloud is the basic foundational skill of a good broadcaster, go for your dreams or you will regret it your whole life and The Love you Take is equal to the Love you Make were often communicated sentiments. Paul's Memorial service is on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 3pm at Mission San Luis Rey followed by a Celebration of Paul's Life at his home in Escondido to share stories of his wonderful life.

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