Marie Claudette Patricia (Patricia) Savoie, née Gallant, of Dieppe, formerly of Bathurst, NB, passed away on Sunday December 9, 2018, surrounded by her loved ones. Born on August 14th, 1942, in Moncton, Patricia was the youngest of 17 children born to Philorome and Henriette (Daigle) Gallant. Patricia trained to be a nurse at Hotel Dieu de L’Assomption, class of 1964, and worked in hospitals in both Ottawa and Montréal after graduation.
Patricia originally met Urbain Savoie, of Grande-Anse, NB, while he was a student at Université de Moncton and she was a nursing student and novice nun. They met again, years later, in Montreal, and were married there on June 27, 1970. After the birth of their first son, Patricia and Urbain settled in Bathurst, NB. While Urbain started his architecture business, Patricia devoted herself to raising their sons, Leo and Andre. Ever curious, Patricia was a talented student of photography, having taken numerous photography classes, including one with the renowned photographer Ansel Adams. Fiercely independent, Patricia was the kind of woman who, in her mid-60’s, bought herself a chainsaw in order to take on an overgrown area of their property in Grande-Anse—alone. Patricia will be remembered by her loved ones for her strength, determination, and ability to fearlessly take on the world.
Patricia is survived by her husband Urbain; her son Leo and his wife Mireille Savoie, of Sackville, NB; and son Andre and his wife Hillary Savoie, of Troy, NY; her grandchildren, Nicolas, Katherine, and Esme; her brothers Leonard Gallant and Raymond-Guy Gallant. She is preceded in death by her parents Philorome and Henriette (Daigle) Gallant, and siblings: Cecilia, Antoinette, Marie Louise, Jeanne, Edmond, Ernest, Therese, Bernadette, Roger, Paul Andre, Marie Yvette, Marguerita, Marie Celine, and Rose Marie.
Visitation will be held from the Chartersville Funeral Home, 363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, (857-1901) on Friday, December 14th 2018 from 2 pm until time of service.
A Celebration of the Word will be held from the Chartersville Funeral Home Chapel, 3 pm, followed by a reception.
Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.