Patsy A. Chirico, 72, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Patsy A. Chirico, 72, Watertown, NY, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County.

Calling hours will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at  D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Monday, May 16, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. A private burial will be held in Glenwood Cemetery in June. His wishes were to be cremated. Mask and social distancing will be required at the visitation and prayer service.

Born July 17, 1949, in Watertown, NY, to the late Anthony and Georgeina (McCoy) Chirico, he graduated from Watertown High School. Following graduation, he joined the Army Reserves receiving an honorable discharge in 1976.

He worked several years for P&C Foods as night manager and co-manager. In 1979, he went to work for New York Air Brake working in the Quality Control  Department until his retirement.

On  Sept. 20, 1974, he married the former Cathy McManaman at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. They were married  for 47 years.

Pat was an avid hunter and classic car enthusiast. One of his proudest accomplishments was the restoration of his 1941 street rod with help from his special friends Jerry Burnett and the late Howard Shettleton. He loved the summer months when he could take the hot rod out for a cruise with the radio cranked up  listening to songs from the  Oldies but Goodies. He enjoyed  going to the car shows, especially his annual trips to the Syracuse Nationals with his sons and grandkids. It was a special day for him and his boys.

He always looked forward to his early morning walks with his wife, but most of all  time spent with his family especially those special moments with his grandkids. They loved their Papa and he will always hold a special place in their hearts.

Pat was a wonderful husband who held his family together with his love, strength and devotion. He  was truly an example of what a father should be. Pat remained strong during his battle with cancer; never complaining but instead  concentrated on making sure everything got done that needed to be done. During Pat’s  final days, we were reminded that nothing last  forever; that time is precious so enjoy life and make each day count.

Among his survivors are his beloved wife Cathy; three sons, Jeremy (Jennifer) Watertown, NY, Justin (Megan) LaFargeville, NY, and Patrick (Brittany) Watertown, NY; siblings, Cathy (David) Butler, Eva Rathbun, and Anthony Chirico and companion Marnie O’Connor of Watertown, NY; grandchildren, Jude, Jonah, Sawyer, Wellesley, Waverly and  Wilder; a brother-in-law, Glenn Turner, Omaha, NE; and several  nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Antoinette Rodriguez, a father-in- law, Paul McManaman, a sister-in-law, Paula McManaman Turner; and a nephew, Ken Shean.

We would like to thank the nursing staff from Hospice for the wonderful care given to Pat and the kindness and compassion that was shown to our family.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY  13601.

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