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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pat Turner Kvanaugh memorial Sunday

Longtime YMCA board member Pat Turner Kavanaugh
at the 2013 Y Bike Ride fundraiser for its summer camp program.

A memorial service for the late Plainfield activist Pat Turner Kavanaugh will be held this Sunday at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School on Inman Avenue from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. See a full memorial service obituary in the Courier here.

I posted this remembrance of Pat when she passed last October --

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.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Children's Room of the Plainfield Public Library (800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060), or to her alma mater the Wardlaw-Hartridge School (see the obit for details).

To check the exact location of the service and for parking information, call Tamica Lloyd at the school, (908) 754-1882.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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