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Patrick Bernard McGreevy

Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland, USA
Death 6 Sep 2008 (aged 67)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 176337676 · View Source
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Times-News, Cumberland, Maryland " PITTSBURGH, Pa.-Patrick Bernard McGreevy, 67, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Jan. 1, 1941, in Cumberland, he was a son of the late Dominic Arnold and Mary (Malloy) McGreevy. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, John McGreevy and Dr. Arnold G. McGreevy. He graduated from LaSalle High School, Cumberland, and attended Frostburg State College. Patrick went on to serve in the U.S. Army in the early 1960’s and was stationed in Germany. After extensive travel across Europe and studying for a time at La Sorbonne in Paris, he returned to earn undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Maryland. He further pursued his education earning a master’s degree in political science from West Virginia University. A long time professor at the Community College of Allegheny County, he spent 30 years teaching and for a time was the chair of the political science department, Boyce Campus, Monroeville. After retiring in 1999, he would spend his winters in San Patricio, Mexico, a small village on the country’s western coast. He is survived by a daughter, Kelly of Swissvale; and sons, Rob and Brian, both of Austin, Texas; and girlfriend, Carolyn Hughes, Pittsburgh. A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. at the Polish Club, 691 6th St., Trafford, PA 15085. All family and friends are welcome."
Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sun 14 Sept 2008 by Daniel Malloy: "Patrick Bernard McGreevy/CCAC professor embraced life's pleasures-Jan. 1, 1941 - Sept. 6, 2008-A longtime professor at the Community College of Allegheny County, Patrick McGreevy bore a sharp wit and a penchant for rabble-rousing. But the quality that stuck out most to his loved ones was his ability to make friends quickly and relate to everyone, from the elite of academia to Mexican villagers. Mr. McGreevy, of Swisshelm Park, died Sept. 6 of a heart attack. He was 67. Born to an Irish Catholic coal mining family in Cumberland, Md., Mr. McGreevy always maintained his appreciation for labor, but strived for a better life through education. His first stint in college at Frostburg State didn't work out, so he joined the Army. Mr. McGreevy was stationed in Germany during the early 1960s, sparking his lifelong love of travel. Later he would crisscross Europe several times -- he studied for a time at La Sorbonne in Paris -- as well as Central and South America. He learned to speak Spanish and French, and could also get by with German and Italian. After leaving the Army, Mr. McGreevy earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Maryland, but practicing law was not his plan. "He suffered fools not greatly at all," said Mr. McGreevy's second wife, Beckie McGreevy Hickock. "And he had a real passion for learning and teaching." After earning a master's degree in political science from West Virginia University, Mr. McGreevy was hired by CCAC, where he spent the next 30 years as a professor and for a time the chair of the political science department at the Boyce campus. "Pat was always the faculty member that made everybody think out of the box," said accounting professor Jerry Berardino. "He'd push everybody to the limit, including students." Mr. McGreevy also made his mark as a union official, helping to organize a teachers strike in 1972. His pro-union bent fit his staunchly Democratic politics, which he loved to discuss over a pint with just about anyone. Taverns, in Pittsburgh or during his travels, were a constant. "The world trembled at his feet when he did bar trivia," said his son Brian. Sociable and affable, Mr. McGreevy got along with most people. His girlfriend, Carolyn Hughes, who lived with Mr. McGreevy for the past five years, was astounded at his ability to remain friendly with his two ex-wives -- Carol Dean McGreevy Morales and Mrs. Hickock. Yet the relationship that lasted the longest for Mr. McGreevy was his love affair with San Patricio, Mexico, a small village on the country's western coast. Mr. McGreevy visited there frequently. After he retired in 1999, he would spend the entire winter basking in the sun and easygoing lifestyle, a Pittsburgher in paradise. The love was reciprocated. Mr. McGreevy would be invited to local children's birthday parties and First Communions, and he even was a fixture in the St. Patrick's Day parade. Naturally, he played St. Patrick. "In any culture, in any language, this guy had it," Ms. Hughes said. "There was no affectation. He was a great soul." Mr. McGreevy is survived by a daughter, Kelly, of Swissvale, and sons Rob and Brian, both of Austin, Texas. A remembrance will be held at a later date. Daniel Malloy can be reached at 412-263-1731."

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