Obituary, Patrick Joseph “Buddy” Predham Jr.


Patrick Joseph “Buddy” Predham Jr., 84, a longtime resident of Pawling passed away June 11, 2015 at New Milford Hospital in Connecticut with his family by his side.

Pat was born in Brooklyn, NY to Patrick and Margaret Mary (Coady) Predham on August 24, 1930, attended Pawling School, joined the US Navy at age 17 serving in the Korean War on various diesel submarines including SS-425 Trumpetfish and SS-408 Sennett. After receiving an honorable discharge, he married Ann Clair (Gallagher) on October 19, 1954 in Brooklyn, NY. Pat joined the New York State Police in 1954, proudly serving as a Trooper for 21 years until his “retirement” in 1974. Since his “retirement” he was employed at: Neptune World Wide Moving in New Rochelle, Vanguard Tours in Ossining, along with teaching many Defensive Driving courses. He also volunteered his time for Boy Scout Troop 88 in Pawling serving as Assistant Scoutmaster and later Scoutmaster. Pat was also involved in coaching Little League, Pawling Fish and Game Association, Pawling Lions Club, Hasler-Kamp Post American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus.

In his later years Pat would express himself in his poetry writing hundreds of poems showing joys, sorrows, and concerns. He also enjoyed ocean fishing trips, visiting New Hampshire, flea markets, and Irish music. He especially enjoyed a trip he took with his brother Bill in 2011 to Galveston, TX for a SS Sennett reunion.

Pat is survived by his three children, Patrick and his wife Cathy Predham, Whitney Point, NY, John and his wife Kelly Predham, Sherman, CT, and Lisa and her husband Patrick Cody, Pawling. He is also survived by three siblings, his sister Dolores and her husband Thomas Dance, Pawling, and brothers, William and his wife Judy Predham, NH, and Richard Predham, Pawling; six grandchildren, Clair, Aubrey, Rachel, Avery, Brooke, Patrick Joseph “PJ”; as well as two great grandchildren, Kaylee and Evelyn; sister-in-law, Theresa Dugan and brother-in-law Charles Vorbach; and many nieces, nephews, along with extended family in Brooklyn, and friends.

Pat was predeceased by both parents, Patrick and Margaret Mary Predham, his wife Ann Clair Gallagher Predham, his sister Margret Goodin and his Grandson Michael “Mikey” Cody.

Arrangements are as follows, calling hours will be at Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 E. Main Street, Pawling, Monday, June 15th from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John’s Catholic Church in Pawling at 10am Tuesday June 16th. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s memory may be made to: The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30, 120 State St., Suite 2, Albany, NY 12207 Signal 30 Benefit

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Author: Harlem Valley News