Obituary of Patrick J. Gavin
Patrick Joseph Gavin, died peacefully on January 15, 2022 at his home in Yonkers, NY in the loving care of his family. Pat was born March 12, 1938 in Roigh, Liscarney, Westport, Co Mayo. He is predeceased by his parents Michael & Ellen (Sheridan) Gavin, his sisters Bridie (NY), Ann (Friel) and infant brother Tommie. He will be dearly missed by his sisters, Mary (O’Malley) and Nellie (McDonell).
In 1962, Pat’s sister Bridie sponsored him to join her in America. He left his beloved home in Ireland and settled in Astoria, Queens. He worked at Hogan’s Body Shop with his good friend, Vincie Tierney. While visiting Vincie in the hospital, it was there he met Vincie’s sister, Eileen Tierney (Lavey, Co Cavan). On September 11, 1965 Pat & Eileen were married in Lavey and married for 56 years. In 1967 Pat went to work as a bus driver for MABSTOA where he proudly worked for over 25 years.
Pat and Eileen had 4 children Assumpta Tannian (Johnny) , Coleen Murray (Owen), Tierney (Jennifer) & Dawn Joyce (Peter) they moved to Yonkers in 1983.
Pat brought his lifelong passion of Irish football from Ireland to America. He was very devoted to the GAA and held various positions from manager to president of the Mayo and New York Football Clubs. Every Sunday you could find him in Gaelic Park and training at various pitches during the week. He made many lifelong friendships through these clubs that would last throughout his life.
He lived in America but called Ireland “Home” and would return every year. He was frequently seen at the All-Ireland. Many of his nieces and nephews are thankful for the opportunity he gave them to attend an All-Ireland. As his nephew Michael recalls “ I got to see football matches that others would only dream of and it was always a great day out with Uncle Paddy.”
The light of his life was his 13 grandchildren: Sean, Michael, Matthew, Michaela, Liam, Gavin, Brendan, Luke, Avery, Jillian, Petie, Ailish & Lily.
He had many names; Patrick, Pat, Uncle Paddy, Paddy, Roigh Paddy, Paddy-Joe but the name he held most dear was Pop Pop. He loved nothing more than spending time with his 13 grandchildren. He created great family memories for all during our summer trips to the Outer Banks.
Pat felt strongly about sharing the land he loved with his family and grandchildren. It was important to him that they experience their Irish heritage and know their relations and roots. He continued this tradition by bringing each of his children and grandchildren to Ireland to show them the land he loved through his eyes. These trips always included visits to the many Tierney houses in Cavan, mass at Knock, climbing Crough Patrick and sheering sheep in Erriff. A life time of memories were created on these trips and will be cherished forever.
Pat’s passing will leave a tremendous void in our hearts but his legacy will live on forever…..
Viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 2:00 - 4:00 & 6:00 - 9:00 P.M. in Hodder Farenga Funeral Home, 899 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10:45 A.M. in St. Barnabas Church, Bronx, NY. Click for livestream: https://www.stbarnabasbronx.org/ (go to facebook link) or https://m.facebook.com/stbarnabascatholicchurch?_rdr
Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Calvary Fund Inc. of Calvary Hospital at https://fund.calvaryhospital.org/ or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate, would be greatly appreciated by Patrick's family.