Patrick J. O’Dea, a Fishkill resident for 20 years, died on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. He was 90.
Son of the late Thomas and Mary (O’Brien) O’Dea, he was born in Danganelly Cooraclare, County Clare, Ireland on December 2, 1927. Patrick was raised and worked on his family’s dairy farm. He served in the Army of Ireland’s Defence Forces. In 1956, he came to the United States and settled in the Bronx.
On April 22, 1957, he married Theresa Patricia White at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New Rochelle. They relocated to Mamaroneck, where they would raise their family and remain up until 2002. Patrick served as the superintendent of their building complex for over 40 years, retiring in 1992.
Patrick will be remembered for his hard-working ethics and wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed gardening, music, and dancing. He was always proud of his Irish heritage, and participated in many organizations and events which celebrated his native country’s culture and aided the welfare of its people. More than anything else, he cherished spending time with his family.
After 60 years of marriage, he was predeceased by Theresa just four months ago on February 5, 2018. In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ellen O’Sullivan.
Patrick is survived by his children: Patrick O’Dea, Jr. of Hyde Park, Thomas O’Dea of Beacon, Kevin O’Dea of Fishkill, Margaret O’Dea of Beacon, Paul O’Dea of Brookfield, CT, Gerald O’Dea & his wife Jennifer of Weatogue, CT, and Kathleen O’Dea Beaver & her husband Ian of Bethel, CT; his grandchildren: Aidan O’Dea, Conor O’Dea, Caitlin O’Dea, Cecilia O’Dea, Schuyler Chubet, Bridget Beaver, Campbell Beaver, and Jerred Beaver; his sisters: Nora Starken & her husband Patrick of Ireland, Peggy Stretton of England, and Bernie O’Shea of England; also many nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives & friends.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 15 at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson Street, Fishkill. Interment will follow at St. Joachim Cemetery in Beacon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities U.S.A., P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066; www.catholicharitiesusa.org
For directions and online tributes, you can visit Patrick’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.