Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pat Corrigan

Patricia Callahan Corrigan, Lifelong Saltairian, Passes Away

Longtime Saltaire resident Patricia Callahan Corrigan passed away on March 24, 2014 after a sudden illness. She was 86. A young Patricia Callahan first came to the Village in 1937, summering in a house on Ocean Promenade, an oceanfront boardwalk that was washed away in the Great Hurricane of 1938. Her father had brought the family to Saltaire after her mother passed away at the suggestion of her aunt and uncle, Hazel and Harry Marschalk, who were introduced to the village by their friends, the Weidhopfs. She had found a place to call home.
The Callahan clan, three younger boys, Joe, Pete and Dan, and Pat, were accompanied by their German governess, “Mademoiselle.” Her brothers still tell stories of their strict upbringing and the challenges of reconciling that with the freewheeling life of Saltaire. Forced to go to bed early on Saturday night so that they could attend mass fresh on Sunday morning, the boys would leave the windows open, soon finding their way to the Saltaire Yacht Club. Mademoiselle was known to visit the club in her bathrobe and pull them out. Settling in a house on Marine Walk (later the Lynch house), the Callahan family competed in just about every sport under the sun, including the legendary “Marine Walk against the World” softball tournament.
After graduating from Smith College, Patricia married Kevin Corrigan and, although they eventually settled along the Long Island Sound in Connecticut, her heart remained in Saltaire. They brought their four children to the village for vacations, often staying at the Marschalks on Broadway.
In 1971, Mrs. Corrigan built her own Saltaire house. It was designed by Thomas L. Moore, a Saltaire neighbor and noted modern architect who, with his wife Nonnie, became close friends. Their collaboration was featured in The New York Times Magazine. The house on Neptune Walk served as a family gathering place for the next 42 years. Kevin passed away in 1995, and Pat continued to spend every summer there, completing the New York Times crossword puzzle on Sundays and always hosting a legion of visitors, including her eight grandchildren
Pat and Kevin enjoyed many wonderful friends over the course of their years in Saltaire: Rita and Paul Connelly, Frank and Jean Jessup, Dick and Helen Goddard, Charlie and Sally Ludlow, Bob and Louise Wright, Bob and Harriet Aherne, Harry and Mary Jane Scanlan, Virginia O’Brien, Ken and Dorothy Campbell, Herb and Judy Schlosser, Helen and Bill Weinlandt, among them. Their dressy cocktail parties and dinners set the rhythm of life on weekends, which only ended on Sunday nights when the husbands took the ferry back to the mainland. Her close-knit group of friends, “The Ladies Circle,” stayed behind, spending long summers at the beach with children in tow. Pat continued to make good friends over the years, including fellow Smith alum Carol Mihaly and neighbors Peggy Patterson and Grace Gallagher.
Her life in Saltaire also revolved around Our Lady Star of the Sea. She attended mass there each Sunday and later went daily. From the early days of Father “Fitz” to now Father Richard Viladesau, the church and its pastors became part of the Callahan and then Corrigan families. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals in Saltaire and elsewhere were often conducted by a priest from Our Lady Star of the Sea. On March 28th, Father Richard spoke at her funeral mass at St. Catherine of Siena in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she was also a longtime member of the parish. He quoted a poem by Robert Frost about people gazing out at the ocean, and used the analogy to describe her deep and enduring relationship with Saltaire – its natural beauty, community of people, and special way of life. A memorial mass in her honor will be scheduled for this summer at Our Lady Star of the Sea.
She is survived by her children, Michael Joseph Corrigan of San Diego, California, Kathryn Corrigan Woods (Richard) of Great Falls, Virginia, Peter Corrigan of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Maura Corrigan McCurdy (Brendan) of West Sayville, New York; her grandchildren, Peter, Robert and Amelia Woods, Merritt and Michael Corrigan, and Aidan, Colum and Kathryn McCurdy; and by two brothers, Joseph Mortimer Callahan of Tarrytown, New York and Daniel Callahan of Denver, Colorado.

Article by Kathryn Corrigan Woods and Maura Corrigan McCurdy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

fabulous photo
Merry Wetherall