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Patrick M. Curtin

September 7, 1935 February 16, 2006
Patrick M. Curtin
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Patrick Michael Curtin, a retired social worker, died on Thursday February 16 at O.R.M.C. Horton Campus in Middletown, of complications from congestive heart failure.He was 70.

Pat was born on September 7, 1935 in Woodside, NY, to Timothy and Catherine Callan Curtin, both originally from Ireland.The youngest of four children, he left home at the age 14 to join the Marist Brothers in Esopus, NY. He spent the next 12 years with the Brothers, at what is now Marist College. In that time he earned a Bachelors’ Degree and taught, until he decided against taking his final vows.

Pat moved back to NYC and worked in the City homeless shelter system. In 1965, he met his future wife, Frances Geiger. They married one year later and started a family. In 1972, He transferred to Camp Laguardia in Chester and moved his wife and three daughters to Orange County. In 1994, after 30 years of service with the City of New York, Pat retired.

Pat’s generosity, strong faith and love for life touched many people; he served in the Howells Volunteer Fire Dept., the local Master Gardener program and Meals on Wheels. He was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Otisville for 27 years; during which time he served as a CCD teacher, Youth

Group mentor, social club member, lector, and Eucharistic Minister. For the last six years , Pat had been a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg, continuing his service as Eucharistic minister and food pantry worker. Perhaps his biggest joy in recent years was playing Santa Claus at Christmastime for the children of Otisville Elementary School, Mt. Carmel School’s annual craft fair, and for neighborhood kids and his own grandkids. He took this role very seriously, having a custom suit made and cultivating his white beard. His other passions included walking, gardening, enjoying breakfast at Tootie’s, and traveling to visit his daughters. His first trip to Ireland in 1992 renewed a love for Irish music and culture. It also began a personal quest ot discover his family roots and establish close ties with his Irish relations.

Patrick is surivived by his wife Frances, with whom he would have celebrated 40 years of marriage in July; a sister, Margaret Hines of Flushing; three daughters, Maureen Anderson of Florida, NY; Jeanne Curtin of Windham, ME; Deborah Hale of Harpers Ferry, WV; a niece, Joanne Picarrelli of Flushig and seven grandchildre; Ryan, Christopher, Meagan, Melissa, Michele, Makayla and Austin.

He was predeceased by his mother, father and two older brothers, William and John.

Friends may call on Sunday, February 19, 2006 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at Applebee McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland AvenueMiddletown, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be clebrated on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 11 am at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg, Fr. Raymond Bagdonis O. Carm. will officiate. Burial will follow in the family plot in Holy Name of Jesus Cemetery in Otisville, NY. Arrangements under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home.

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