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Public memorial planned for 'Barrel Man'

4:49 PM, Dec 9, 2009   |    comments
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Tim McKernan, who was known as the "Barrel Man" because he wore nothing but a barrel, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat to every Broncos home game, died last week at age 69.

A public memorial was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19 at 12:30 p.m. on the steps of the Civic Center.

The Broncos superfan was diagnosed with an inoperable respiratory disease earlier this year and was told he had between two months and six months to live.

For 30 years, snow, rain or sunshine, McKernan donned a barrel and cheered on the Broncos, first at Mile High Stadium and then later at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

He retired from being the Barrel Man after the 2007 Broncos season.

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