Patricia O'Leary (1939 - 2017)

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Patricia Leigh O'Leary, 77, of Ormond Beach, FL, passed on Sun., Dec. 3, 2017. Born Dec. 15, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY and adopted by Albert and Leigh Gartner. Celebration of Life will be held on Wed., Jan. 17th at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Daytona Beach. Patricia graduated from Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT, majoring in Criminal Law in 1957 and went onto Willimantic State College. She married in 1965 and was named as the first female police officer in 1966 at Norwich Police Dept. in Norwich, CT. In 1967 she was appointed to the Connecticut State Police Dept. after completing the State Police Academy. She retired from the CT State Police Dept. and moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She then was employed by the State of Florida Dept. of Child Services as an investigator, she later transferred to the Broward School Services as a Protective Investigator, overseeing school camera services. She retired in 1995 and moved to Ormond Beach. Patricia was a member of the Riverbend Golf Club, the Riverbend Women's Golf Assn. for 17 years were she also enjoyed her card game. She is survived by her partner, Gloria LaFontaine, her son, Shawn O'Leary, Groton, CT and daughter Kimberly O'Leary, New London, CT as well as several grandchildren. Condolences for the family may be shared at


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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 12, 2018
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