The Daily Star
---- — Patrick J. Christman
COOPERSTOWN — Patrick J. Christman, 64, died Sunday evening, March 2, 2014, at his home on Grove Street in Cooperstown.
Born Feb. 15, 1950, Pat was a son of James B. and June (Smerski) Christman. His very early youth was spent at the family’s home just outside of Cooperstown but, following a fire that destroyed their Christian Hill home, he and his family moved into the Village of Cooperstown where he was raised.
He graduated from Cooperstown Central School and was a proud member of the “Class of 1968.” Pat was especially proud that in his senior year he was a member of the undefeated CCS football team and that he was “forever a Redskin.”
Following high school Pat attended and graduated with highest honors from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. Following graduation he was employed by Dean Funeral Home in Oneida and Tillapaugh Funeral Service in Cooperstown.
Shortly after completing his residency Pat decided to change careers and he embarked on a 20-year career with the McDonald’s Corporation ultimately managing what was then one of the company’s largest and busiest restaurants, the McDonald’s franchise on Times Square in New York City.
Following his retirement in the early 1990s Pat, and his daughter, Elizabeth, returned to Cooperstown where he became a managing funeral director at Tillapaugh Funeral Service in Cooperstown and Milford.
Pat will long be remembered by his friends for his ability to find good fun, humor and joy in virtually any situation; his willingness to go out of his way to help others; his gregarious, outgoing and fun loving attitude; his ever ready willingness to party for any reason and on any occasion with friends; his unending kindness to others; his pride and love of family; his pride in being a Cooperstown native; his love of Otsego Lake, the New York Giants, the New York Yankees; and his steadfast and never ending loyalty to friends and local traditions, among them the “noon whistle” and his treasured “KP-3” license plate.
Pat was a member of the Cooperstown “Sons of the American Legion,” serving currently as its Commander, he was a member of the “Cooperstown Native Sons,” and was, throughout his life, active in his church, St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church where he had served as an altar boy in his youth and was currently serving as an usher and as the sexton of St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index.
Pat is survived by his beloved daughter, Elizabeth; his sisters, Kathleen (James) Brizzell of Loudonville, JoAnn Christman of Clay, Angela Christman of Watertown; and his brother, Timothy (Laura) Christman of Marcellus. He is also survived by his aunts, Elizabeth Morris of Chestertown, and Genevieve Smerski of Cooperstown; as well as by seven nieces and nephews; and many cousins and by friends literally too numerous to mention.
A Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown with Father John P. Rosson officiating. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow the service.
Friends are invited to call at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Vigil prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m.
The family suggests that those who wish make contributions in Pat’s memory, and in recognition of his love of animals, to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the supervision of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and by local members of the Leatherstocking Funeral Directors Association.