On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, Patricia Gaffney, loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many, passed away at the age of 57. She was born on Valentine's Day in 1961.
Patti was predeceased by her father, William J. Gaffney Jr. She is survived by a loving mother, Lois Gaffney (Geiger); brother and sister-in-law, William Gaffney III and Cindy; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Kevin Majewski; and five nieces and nephews, Kevin Majewski, Abigail and Joseph Edwards, Jill Majewski and Sarah Gaffney; and great niece, Brooke Edwards.
Patti was a graduate of St. Bartholomew School and East Brunswick High School; and the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ.
She was primarily an educator by trade and began her career at Corpus Christi School in South River. She also worked as a researcher at Datamark and ran the research department at LIUNA Union in Monroe. She also was Assistant Principal at the Montessori Country Day School.
As an actress and board member at Stagecrafters in South River, she appeared in numerous shows including "No No Nanette", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", and "Cinderella" with her dad. As an assistant director, stage manager and co-producer, she was involved with productions of "Rumors" and Heroes" at Playhouse 22 in East Brunswick. She also co-produced "I'm beginning to see the light", a cabaret show at Danny's Skylight Room in New York City.
Patti had a passion for jewelry - creating it, buying it and wearing it. Her big heart and sense of humor brought a smile to everyone she met and she was loved by many.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, October 20th, 9:30 AM, at St. Bartholomew RC Church, East Brunswick, under the direction of BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. Cremation will be private.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, October 19th, 4:00 - 8:00 PM. For directions, please see our "Services" page.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org), or Deborah Heart and Lung Center, 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015 (www.demanddeborah.org).
my goddess friend
Dear friend Patti, with Joyce McMullen and myself, at East Brunswick High School Graduation, in 1980. Thanks for the memories, dear friend.
The world lost one of the good ones. I was fortunate to see Patti a few years ago when she was selling her jewelry at a craft fair near my home. We chatted and laughed and reminisced about the old St. Bart's days. I'll always remember our visits - boat to boat - and our trips to the Seaside boardwalk.
Sending love and prayers to you all.
Patti...my lifelong friend. We met in first grade in St.Bart's and were instant pals. Growing up we were always together, Girl Scouts, Pep Squad, and always after school. Though we lost touch after HS we reconnected about 11 years ago and picked up right where we left off. Patti was the kindest person I've ever known. She loved big. when she loved you, you always knew it. She loved me exactly as I am ...that is a rare and beautiful gift and I will treasure her love and friendship always. He positive outlook saw me thru so many bumps in the road. I am so grateful to have traveled this journey with her for 52 years. We had a bond like no other and I am broken hearted that she has left this planet. My love goes out to her entire family and her countless friends. May her beautiful smile , cheerful ways and treasured memories bring comfort to all. We were all so Blessed to have know her. Farewell my goddess friend....I'll be talking to you.....
Patti and I had been friends for 40+ years. We met in High School as rivalries, (which we had joked about many times) but soon became very good friends and have remained close through the years. She made me laugh, she made me cry, mostly from laughing so hard and I loved her for it, I will miss her deeply. We had a private joke between us and I will say it to her one last time. Hey Chick… seeyalaterbye! Millie
Dear Gaffney Family-
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. As children we were all friends and our families knew each other. It’s sad to think one of us is now gone. Our thoughts and prays are with all of you at this most difficult time.
- The Aprea Family
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