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Pat Griffin

February 3, 1968 — March 2, 2024

Yonkers

Eamon Anthony “Patrick” Griffin, always known as Pat Griffin, a cherished resident of Yonkers, New York, formerly of Nenagh, Ireland, passed away on March 2nd, 2024, at the age of 56. Born three pounds four ounces at Limerick Regional Hospital, to Edward and Rita Griffin, Pat was the youngest of seven children. His formative years were spent in Nenagh, where he attended National School and later the Christian Brothers Secondary School. Renowned for his soccer skills, he earned the nickname "Coco Cola Kid" in Nenagh, leaving a lasting impression on all who knew him.

At the tender age of 16, Pat embarked on a journey of hard work, joining Gleason’s and Wade to deliver fresh produce throughout Nenagh. A true Jack of all trades, he possessed an innate love for labor and versatility.

Pat's resilience shone through at 21 when he faced a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease. Undeterred by this challenge, he fought bravely, undergoing treatment, and ultimately triumphing over the illness. This was not Pats first health struggle. He was born with genetic Ataxia and spent the first four months of his life in an incubator at Croom Hospital in Co. Limerick.  

Subsequently, he participated in FAS schemes in Nenagh, engaging in various projects with his characteristic determination and adaptability.

In 1996, Pat ventured to Yonkers, New York, to work alongside his brother-in-law Joe. It was here that he crossed paths with Valerie Spadaro, whom he married in 1998. Joining the 32 BJ Union, Pat embarked on a career as a porter at 1125 Park Avenue in Manhattan. The arrival of his beloved daughter, Caitlin Elizabeth Griffin, in 1999 brought immeasurable joy into his life. Pat's leisure pursuits included biking, cherished moments with family, and exploration of the vibrant streets of New York City. In later years, he developed a passion for history, genealogy, and sharing nostalgic anecdotes from his youth.

Pat will forever be remembered as a compassionate, witty, and courageous individual, renowned for his captivating storytelling. His absence leaves a profound void in the hearts of his numerous friends, family, and animals especially his best friend and special assistant Jack Russell; “Bella”. 

Pat is survived by his fiancée, Paula, his daughter Caitlin, and his sisters Marie (Noel) Ryan, Claire (Joe) Ryan, Hilary Griffin, and Catherine (Joe) Grace. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Kieran and Gwen Canavan, along with nine cherished nephews, nieces, and a grandniece. He is predeceased by his parents, Edward & Rita Griffin, his brother Gerard Griffin, and his sister Margaret Griffin.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat's memory to St. Jude's, Tunnel to Towers, or The Westchester Humane Society.

A celebration of Pat's life will be held at the Pelham Funeral Home, 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham, New York, on Tuesday,  March 5th, from 4-8 pm. A Funeral Mass will follow at St. Barnabas Church, 241st Street and Martha Avenue, Bronx, New York, on Wednesday, March 6th at 9:30 am. Pat will be repatriated to Ireland for burial at Lisboney Cemetery in Nenagh. For further details or to leave condolences, please visit www.pelhamfuneral.com.

 

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