Patricia CURRIE
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"God gave her to us for 93 wonderful years."
Patricia O'Dea Currie, beloved and devoted wife, cherished and caring mother, dear and unwavering friend, passed away peacefully of natural causes at 2:22 a.m., Sunday, May 3, 2020 at her residence in Palm Beach, FL. She was a former resident of Chelmsford and Hyannis Port, MA. Patricia was lucky from the start. Born on September 13, 1926 in Lowell, MA to Daniel D. O'Dea, a Lowell automobile dealer, and Catherine (Cooney) O'Dea, she was the first of four girls raised in a home filled with music, song and dance, animals, and politics. The 5'11" beauty, called "Long Boat" by her father, would become an astute sportswoman, adventurer, car aficionado, card player, chocolate connoisseur, and loyal NASCAR, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Red Sox fan. Elliot's Hot Dogs and Mrs. Nelson's Candy House have lost a loyal customer. Patricia was a graduate of the Rogers Hall School in Lowell and an alumna of Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY. During the summer after her freshman year in college, Patricia had a horseback riding accident. While recuperating in a full body cast, she met the love of her life, Rodger Currie. After Rodger returned from serving as a U.S. Marine dive bomber pilot in World War II, he asked the elegant "Pat" if he could accompany her to one of her afternoon Boston Braves games. When, after a mere seven dates, Rodger asked for her hand in marriage, her mother flatly responded: "Why, you hardly know him!" But she knew. She was a good judge of character and could always pick a winner. Married sixty-one years, Pat and Rodg raised seven children. Pat was an active PTA member and Cub Scout den mother. She navigated the children through America's turbulent 60s and 70s, focusing them on piano, tennis, swimming, and sailing lessons, and endured many a frigid hockey season while somehow keeping all four girls and three boys well fed. They invited the kids to tag along to sailing races, Bruins games, the Super Bowl, and offshore cruising. Pat's exposure to politics began at a young age through her father, an elected Massachusetts delegate to seven Democratic National Conventions. Deep friendships that lasted a lifetime grew as local politics became national, and she was a first-hand witness to history. With an early video camera, she captured JFK's 1960 election morning on his Hyannis Port lawn, and later donated the film to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Patricia played the piano beautifully, by ear, and could whistle the soundtrack to many a show tune or movie. She was an avid reader, dedicated cinephile, and natural detective, all of which fatefully came together one night at a boxing match when she correctly identified one of the FBI's "Most Wanted" fugitives seated in the front row. Known as their "Nana", Pat greatly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took their care seriously, but never took herself too seriously. She counseled, "Whatever you do, do it well. Be humble. And avoid drama in your life." Always one for a good ending, Patricia's lifelong lucky streak continued in her daughters' care at home when she received last rites virtually from Father Luca Pedroli in Rome, Italy. Patricia was an honoree of "Cercle Fleur-de-lis" Alumnae Council of her alma mater, Marymount College, and a U.S. representative of Ireland's Dysert O'Dea Clan Association. In Palm Beach, she was a member of The Society of The Four Arts, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the St. Edward Guild, The Palm Beach Yacht Club, and former member of The Beach Club. She was a longtime member of The Hyannisport Club, The Hyannis Port Yacht Club, The Hyannis Port Civic Association, and West Beach Club. She was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Chelmsford, St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, and St. Edward Church in Palm Beach. Patricia is survived by six children: Daniel O'Dea Currie of Boston, MA, Gail Currie Dierdorff (Larry) of Redlands, CA, Susan Currie Toth of Carlisle, MA, Patricia Currie Loveday of Norwich, CT, Lisa Currie of Palm Beach, FL, and Rodger Currie (Nickie) of Washington, DC; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was particularly close to Kathleen McCartin Evans (Bill), Michael T. McCartin (Nancy), Robert E. Sayers, and Tyrone D. Sayers (Mark) as well as her lifelong "sisters and brother" Mary Jo Gargan Clasby, Ann Gargan King, and Joseph F. Gargan (deceased). Mrs. Currie is predeceased by her husband, Dr. L. Rodger Currie and their beloved son, Christopher; her three cherished O'Dea sisters: Mary Joy McCartin (Larry) of Lowell, MA, Donna Connell (Jack) of Westford, MA, Gail Sayers of Chelmsford, MA; and, her sons-in-law Michael C. Toth of Carlisle, MA and Charles J. Loveday of Hyannis, MA. Mrs. Currie was laid to rest at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford, MA on May 11, 2020 beside her husband and son. A memorial mass will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Town of Chelmsford Christopher Currie Scholarship Fund at Chelmsford High School or the Christopher Currie Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at St. Anselm College. E-condolences at ( Arrangements by Quattlebaum Funeral Home in West Palm Beach, FL and O'Donnell Funeral Home in Lowell, MA.

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Published in Palm Beach Daily News from May 14 to May 15, 2020.
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9 entries
May 18, 2020
Pat and Roger Currie were the best of neighbors and friends. I spent 7 wonderful summers teaching sailing at the Hyannisport Yacht Club because of Roger and Pat's introduction and support. Remarkable people with a tremendous family. I am only sorry I didn't realize that Pat was living in Palm Beach as we moved here in February 2019. Rest in Peace Beautiful Lady
Dick Cooke, Palm Beach, FL
May 17, 2020
I have many wonderful memories of Roger and Pat
and family in Hyannis Port and Palm Beach.
John B Ryan
May 15, 2020
at & Doc Currie were wonderful people. They loved one another and their whole family with all their hearts and I often envied them for their excellent example and total,marvelous character in every thing they have done. Sincerely,Karen Greenwood Flynn McCabe
Karen McCabe
May 12, 2020
So many wonderful memories of Doc and Mrs. Currie and your family. All those afternoons in Chelmsford playing games, helping with homework and refereeing taught me so much. I admired Mrs. Currie as a wife and mother, a lovely and elegant lady always.
Ann Cooke Leggat
May 11, 2020
Dear Curries, One and All,

Such nice memories of both your parents.. I spent a considerable amount of time in the HP house and always felt welcome there. Your parents seemed to be quite happy and content with one another. Whit, Joan and I ran into your dad in the FLA airport one night when our flight had been delayed. Doc' called your mother who returned to the airport, picked us all up and drove us to their condo for the duration. Giggling in the front seat, he turned to us and said, Don't ever let anyone on the Cape know how good we've got it here.' Such nice people to be with.. RIP you wonderful folk. Sending strength and courage to you all. With love, Fanny Wright (Moran)
May 10, 2020
To all the Currie children...
My heart is all have lost a wonderful mother. I have many happy memories of spending time in the Currie house. I can still hear her distinctive voice. I will remember her infectious smile. She always handled herself with elegance and grace. She was happy and proud of you all.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Susie Bickel Scioli
May 10, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Currie clan. I have many fond memories of your Mom. A wonderful, kind and gracious woman.
Holly Arnold
May 10, 2020
Pat O'Dea Currie the epitome of beauty, elegance, kindness and grace. The world is a lesser place now and many Hyannis Port hearts are heavy today. Lance and I send our love and deep condolences to Pat's large and loving family.
May you find comfort in knowing you carry her memory and legacy of love in your hearts forever. Tracy
Tracy Isham
May 9, 2020
To all of Pat's loved ones,
Reading of your loss on the eve of Mother's Day prompts a specially poignant heartache.
By her positive example, may you remember Pat, as we do, as a force for goodness and fun throughout her life and, as in song,may "The memories of (her) love (will) see you through" the difficult days ahead.
Please also know of Gail's and my prayers for the peaceful rest and reunion of Pat and Rodger and for the strength of loved ones blessed to have known them as we were.
Paul Kirk
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