Yonkers New York and late of Roigh, Liscarney, Westport
Paddy died peacefully January 15, 2022, at his home in Yonkers, New York in the loving care of his family.
Born Patrick Joseph Gavin, March 12, 1938, to parents Ellen and Michael Gavin, Roigh, Liscarney, Westport. Predeceased by his infant brother Tommy, his sisters Bridie Gavin (New York) and Ann Friel (Letterbrock).
Paddy left Derrycroff National School at 14 years of age and worked on the family farm and spent time working in Mayo County Council. In 1962 Paddy left Roigh for New York to join his sister Bridie. There he met Eileen, who was to become his wife in 1965, a marriage that lasted 56 happy years. Pat and Eileen went on to have four children, Assumpta, Coleen, Tierney and Dawn. Over the years, the family grew to include 13 grandchildren, who Paddy adored. Sean, Michael, Matthew, Michaela, Liam, Gavin, Brendan, Luke, Avery, Jillian, Petie, Ailish and Lilly knew Paddy as Pop Pop, the name of which he was most proud.
Although in Yonkers, New York, Paddy kept up his lifelong interest in Gaelic football and was a regular in Gaelic Park. Through football, Paddy established many connections and friendships which would remain strong to the end. Paddy held every position in the club and was an outspoken delegate at New York GAA County Board. He was described by a colleague as a man “who rolled up his sleeves and did what was required to keep the Mayo GAA Club in New York alive”. He was a go to man in New York and numerous stories have emerged of him putting people up in New York or helping them get jobs. If they could kick a football, that helped but not a pre-requisite for his help or generosity.
Paddy was honoured by the Green and Red Trust in 2007 for his outstanding contribution to Mayo GAA. His close friend and neighbour Paddy Muldoon (RIP) described Pat at that Gala function as one of the men that made the GAA what it is today.
His annual trips home to Ireland, were if at all possible, made to take in the All Ireland in September. His nieces and nephews in Ireland regularly availed of an extra ticket and a great day out in Croke Park courtesy of Uncle Paddy.
If not Croke Park, there was always a really good chance of a great day out when Paddy was in Ireland, full of laughs, devilment and always tea and cake.
In later years, Paddy’s delight was to bring his children and their families, (his beloved grandchildren) on their turns to Ireland. He unveiled to them the home that he loved, the land and its people. During his eulogy his son Tierney said, “there was not a county in Ireland that Paddy passed through, that he did not know somebody”.
He never lost touch with Ireland. Although he lived 60 years in New York, he never seemed to lose his Mayo accent, or his connection to the place which remains his home. In his regular telephone conversations to family and friends, Paddy would often be the source of the local news.
The man to whom we refer had many names, Pat, Paddy, Uncle Paddy, Roigh Paddy, Paddy-Joe and Pop Pop. Whatever you knew him by, he was a man who loved life and for those lucky to have spent time in his company he will be greatly missed.
Paddy has made his final journey home from this life and in his wake has left a void, but also great memories of a man that lived life to the full, surrounded by family, friends, and football.
Pat will be sadly missed by his loving wife Eileen (née Tierney, Cavan), daughters Assumpta, Coleen, Dawn, son Tierney, sons-in-law Johnny, Owen, Peter, daughter-in-law Jen, 13 grandchildren, sisters Mary O’Malley (Roigh) and Nellie McDonnell (Erriff), sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and his GAA family and friends in New York and Ireland.