Clinton-Mary Paterson (O’Malley) Philbin, 76, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at UMASS Memorial Hospital with her family by her side following a short illness. Mary Pat was predeceased by her husband of 31 years, Philip E. Philbin, in 1993. She is survived by her children, Philip Philbin and his wife Hadar of Clinton, Maureen Philbin and Kerrie Philbin of Middletown RI, and Timothy Philbin of Boston. She also leaves three grandsons, Eben and Aidan Philbin of Clinton, and Eoin Egan of Middleton, RI.
Mary Pat was born in Clinton, daughter of William F. and Dorothy (Sarkisian) O’Malley. She graduated from Clinton High School and attended Clark University where she studied to be a Lab Technician. Mary Pat completed her Lab Technician and Phlebotomy training at Worcester City and Boston City Hospitals. Following her marriage to Philip in 1962, she took a break from working to raise her children. Once her children were school aged, Mary Pat returned to the career she loved. Over the next 45 years, Mary Pat put her heart and soul into caring for her community by being a very skilled Lab Technician and Phlebotomist. Mary Pat had a gentle touch and caring ear for everyone she met at her work and daily life. She was a deeply spiritual person and parishioner of the Holy Rosary Parish in Clinton until its closing, and most recently attended St. Joseph the Good Provider Church in Berlin. Mary Pat was committed to her faith in both duty and action. Over the years, she was at given times, a catechism teacher, youth group leader and volunteer. She was active in her local community, notably as a long time member of the Democratic Town Committee. She was also on the Advisory Board of the Philip E. Philbin Clinton Adult Learning Center. Above all, Mary Pat was generous and kind to others. She was an avid reader and enjoyed puttering around her home and gardens. Mary Pat cherished her summer vacations at Moody Beach. She enjoyed the company of her many friends, but most of all, loved time spent at her home entertaining and spoiling her children and grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Mary Pat’s family on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 4 until 7PM in the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton. A Liturgy of the Word Service will be celebrated at 10AM on Friday April 14, 2017 in St. Joseph the Good Provider Church, 52 West St., Berlin, with burial to follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Philip E. Philbin, Clinton Adult Learning Center, 150 School St., Clinton, MA, 01510. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com