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PATRICK, age 90 of Southampton PA, peacefully at home on Dec. 10, 2010 surrounded by his family. Born in Annagher Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, he was the devoted husband of the late Bridget (nee Coyle), much loved father of Kate O'Neill, Theresa Mackey (Stan) and the late Ann Larson (Bob). Grandfather of Todd Michael McClafferty. Brother of the late Owen, John, Bridget, Jimmy O'Neill and Sara Gervin. Sadly missed by sisters-in-law Mollie O'Neill and Roseleen Coyle. He will also be missed by over 50 nieces and nephews world-wide. Pat arrived in Southampton in 1954 and was granted citizenship in 1964. He enjoyed living in the same home he built for his family when the area was known as Davisville, PA. He was a faithful employee of Our Lady of Good Counsel for over 42 yrs., a member of the Cyrenean Society and served as an usher every Sunday sharing his wonderful sense of humor with the congregation. He also was a school bus driver for over thirty yrs., winning many safety awards. Pat was a long time member of the Phila. and New York Tyrone Society and rarely missed marching in the annual New York St. Patrick's Day parade. His renowned fishing expeditions included trips from the rivers of Montana to the lakes of Canada. He especially enjoyed traveling to Quebec which he did for 35 yrs. with his fishing buddies. He also fished salmon rivers the length of Ireland including the Eaney in Donegal, the Moy in Mayo and the Cashen in Kerry. Pat was proud to be the oldest member of Coalisland Na Fianna Gaelic Football Club. He was a lifelong supporter of his native County Tyrone and was delighted to be present when they won their first All Ireland Gaelic Football title in 2003 in the final against their neighboring county Armagh. He also attended Croke Park in Dublin in 2005 and 2008 for Tyrone's two subsequent All Ireland wins. When visiting Ireland each year he also indulged in his other favorite pastime, his love of tractors. He worked with tractors from an early age on the family farm in Annagher and in recent times enjoyed restoring many vintage tractors to their former glory. Most notably a 1941 Ford Ferguson which he enjoyed driving in the annual 4th of July parade in Southampton. Pat was also very proud of the fact that he remained a life long member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, from joining at the age of 14, for over 75 years until the time of his death. He loved his annual trips to his birth place in Coalisland, which he made for over 30 years. He enjoyed visiting his wide circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances. He will be missed by all who enjoyed his company, good humor and friendship. Go ndeana trocaire ar a anam (May God have mercy on his soul). Family will receive friends Sat. 10:30-12 Noon at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 2nd St. Pike, Southampton. Funeral Mass 12 Noon. Int. St. John Neumann Cem. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Boys Town 14100 Crawford St. Boys Town, NE 68010. (Arr. by JAMES J. McGHEE FUNERAL HOME, Southampton, PA)
Published on Philly.com on Dec. 15, 2010
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