November 1, 1928 - September 11, 2016
Patricia "Pat" Corby, of Cornwall, NY entered into eternal rest on September 11, 2016 at Elant at Meadow Hill in Newburgh, NY, with her family by her side. She was 87 years old.
The daughter of the late Irving and Ida Mae Ferguson, Pat was born on November 1, 1928 in New York City, NY.
Pat received her Associate's degree at Julliard School of Music, where she perfected her craft as a pianist. She later received a Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Empire State College, followed by a Master's Degree at Herbert Lehman College. She was very proud of her accomplishments as a musician, student, and teacher. Pat retired from her job as a Special Education Teacher at the Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, NY in 1994. She then worked as a Piano Teacher in Cornwall, until she became too ill to teach in 2014. She was a proud member of The American College of Musicians, as well as an active member of the local chapter of Orange County Musicians.
A family statement reads: "Pat was a dedicated musician and teacher, who worked with many children and adults in the Cornwall area. Many of her students went on to become very successful musicians. She loved animals, and people, and spent her life truly living it to the fullest. She will be missed greatly by her family, friends, and students. One of her catch phrases in life was, "This is not a dress rehearsal, life is going on now," and she lived by that motto.
Pat is survived by her loving husband, Robert W. Corby, at home; her son, Robert C. Corby of Rochester, NY; her daughters, Jennifer C. Mavrorasakis of Garnerville, NY and Paula V. Conroy of Haverstraw, NY; her former husband and good friend, James Conroy, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She would want to mention her very close friends, including Jeanne Doyle, Virginia Borghesan, Mary Devine, and Frank Reynolds who helped her through her very difficult illness.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 15th, at Quigley Bros. Funeral Home, 337 Hudson St. Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 16th at the funeral home. Interment will follow the Service at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Mountainville, NY.
Memorial contributions in Pat's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Ste. 203, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley Bros. Funeral Home; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home, please go to www.Quigleybros.com