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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Services set for Pat Turner Kavanaugh

Pat being honored at a YMCA gala by Freeholder Linda Carter.

Services for Plainfield activist Pat Turner Kavanaugh were listed on the website of the Higgins Home For Funerals Wednesday afternoon (see here). Visitation will take place at the Plainfield location, West 8th Street at Arlington Avenue, Sunday October 12, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, with a brief service at 4:00 PM.

Pat died suddenly and unexpectedly this past Friday and was discovered by friends and a neighbor after she had failed to show up for a dinner party Saturday evening.

A 'Hartridge girl', Pat was resolute in her support of organizations and activities that showed Plainfield's promise and better nature.

We had been friendly acquaintances for many, many years and crossed each other's paths on a regular basis. A longtime YMCA board member, Pat was also active in the League of Women Voters and most recently served as the president of FOSH (Friends of Sleepy Hollow) as well as sitting on the Historic Preservation Commission.

Pat often regaled me with tales of roguery at City Hall during her tenure as Plainfield's first public information officer and we would commiserate over the foibles of the Queen City's political players over the years.

A staunch Republican but a committed pragmatist, she looked for ways people of different persuasions could work together. She had little patience, though, with fools of any persuasion and her comments could be quick, acerbic and cutting.

And we both shared a love of words and their proper use -- she often referring to herself as 'the grammar grouch'.

You might say she was the quince in Plainfield's fruit bowl, and she will be sorely missed.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

The City of Plainfield has lost its fiercest advocate and FOSH has lost a tireless leader. I miss her already.

Shannon Pacheco