NEGIN, Patricia Berger
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October 17, 1934 - June 23, 2013
Passed away on Sunday, June 23rd, with loving family and friends at her bedside.
She is survived by sons Eric Berger (Julie Ann Kaye) and Adam Berger (Carol Ann Sterling) and three grandchildren Quinn, Jack and Lucy, all of New York, NY; her former husband, Harvey Berger of Montreal; brothers, Mark Negin and Michael Negin (Rosalind) in England, and many nieces and nephews.
Born in London, England in 1934, she was forever shaped by the experience of living through the blitz and being separated from her family as one of the 'child evacuees' sent to the English countryside during the war.
She remained proud of her British roots – never quite losing her accent, her stoicism (mustn't grumble!) and especially her English sense of humour, all of which charmed those she met throughout her life and towards the end of it.
"Let's get this show on the road!" she often said. And not wanting to spend another day in bed, undoubtedly decided that the Sunday morning before St. Jean Baptiste Day was as good a time as any to do just that.
Pat worked in the Concordia University Ombuds Office for almost two decades, helping countless students through academic difficulties and personal issues. Her many contacts at the university contributed to establishing lasting friendships with former students, Concordia staff and members of the ombudsman community across the world.
She loved to recall carefree summers in St. Donat, where her children and their friends roamed unsupervised around Lac Ouareau; the lake, woods and meadows one great big back yard.
Each Mother's Day she basked in a little spotlight of celebrity, when CBC Radio played Me Mom & Morgentaler's "A Few Of My Mother's Friends" written for her by her son Adam who played in the band.
Pat was tirelessly generous with her cookies, her love, and selflessly put the needs of family and many friends before her own.
Pat's family and friends will be celebrating her life at a private memorial.
Donations can be made to the 6th Floor West of the Jewish General Hospital in remembrance of Pat as follows:
Foundation, Jewish General Hospital
3755 Côte St. Catherine Road
Montreal, Quebec H3T 1E2
In Remembrance of Patricia Negin Berger
Published in The Gazette on June 29, 2013