Patricia Mary (Mulvaney) Hoy was born 12/28/1927 in Charlton (Southeast London), England to parents Francis & Eva Sarah (Woolvet) Mulvaney. Pat had 9 brothers and 3 sisters. She finished school at age 14 and starting working folding laundry sheets. During WWII Pat, along with a sister and brother, were evacuated to the countryside for several months.
Hugh was born and raised in Kilmarnock, Scotland. After the war he moved down to London to look for work. During this era everyone went to dance halls on Saturday nights, but since he was new to this area he didn’t know where to go for dancing. (Pre GPS). Hugh was out walking around and spotted a couple of girls carrying brown bags. Hugh knew this meant they had their dance shoes in these bags so he followed them to find a dance hall and went inside for a pint. He soon spotted someone standing up against the wall wearing a black dress and asked her to dance and the rest as they say is history.
They married on St Patrick’s day in Charlton England at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in 1954. The reception was held next door to her childhood home called the Conservative Club. That night Pat sang to her husband the song called “Tonight You Belong to Me.” Patricia and Hugh had 2 sons in England, David & Peter. The family of 4 took off in 1957 on the ship called the “Empress of Britain” to Canada, where Hugh already had 2 brothers residing, Henry & Thomas. They spent 6 years in the Toronto area, where Maureen & Irene were born. In 1963 they moved to WNY where they had 2 more sons, John and Thomas. In May of 1967 we moved to Kingswood Dr. in Orchard Park and this would become our family home for 52 years. (The long running joke is that they stopped moving to different countries to avoid having two more children.)
In Orchard Park, the entire family would develop lifelong friendships, and create lifelong memories. Patricia always enjoyed life, laughter, singing and dancing. She also was very happy sitting around with a cup of tea having a laugh with her close friends Jess, Marie and Peggy. She worked mostly as a housewife, raising 6 kids. She learned how to drive when she was in her 40s and began to work in the kitchen at Our Lady of Sacred Heart school in Orchard Park. She worked there while her youngest (and then years later) two of her grandsons attended school at OLSH. Pat was a member of the Bishop’s Committee, Altar and Rosary Society at Our Lady of Sacred Heart and volunteered at a soup kitchen.
Mom loved to perform. She was line and tap dancing away for years at the O.P senior center with the Sassy Seniors, enjoying performing and working on her costumes. She was a born performer, she sang and danced at age 9 with her Mom playing piano, which she said was her fondest memory as a child.
One of our fondest memories are Sunday mornings after the entire family went to Mass, we would have a ‘big fry up.’ We would play big band music on a reel to reel tape player. Mom and Dad would be singing and dancing in the living room. Mom would never miss an opportunity to sing and tap dance on the kitchen floor.
As we hear condolences from family and friends it seems unanimous that she will be remembered as a very kind, friendly, big hearted, fun loving person. Patricia loved her husband Hugh of 66 years, her family & friends.
We all love you and are very thankful for so many years of wonderful memories.
Hoy, Patricia M. (nee Mulvaney) April 30, 2020 of Orchard Park, NY. Beloved wife of Hugh Hoy; devoted mother of David (Tina), Peter (Debbie), Maureen (Rick) Rost, Irene (Stan) Seyler, John (Sherry), and Thomas (Jessie Thomas) Hoy; cherished grandmother of Rebecca, Jessica, Rebecca, Peter, Paul, Mark, Jamie, Tony, Ian, and Ella; loving great-grandmother of Nathan, Dominick, and Noah; also survived by many nieces and nephews. For the safety of family and friends, private services were held. Arrangements by LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 716-627-2919. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Please leave online donations and condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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