Friends and family gathered this week to comfort each other over the loss of Patricia Anne Waskom. Pat passed peacefully on January 21, 2018, surrounded by family, after sharing a joyous afternoon of, well, Waskom-ness. Only she could bring joy to the ICU. Her death was unexpected.

Born in 1944 to Tom and Marge Casey, of New Hyde Park, New York, Pat spent her childhood enjoying egg creams, Umberto’s pizza, cousins and the occasional bad perm.

Her perfect blend of grace, humor, knowing what to do, and phenomenal good looks meant that Michael Waskom didn’t have a prayer of marrying her. But miracles will happen and they celebrated their nuptials in 1966. There were two rolling bars. You would have loved it.

What followed was a mutually agreed, passionate remit: ensure a functional family, include anyone you meet in it, give unconditionally, shop frequently, and vault the ceiling.

Pat was a chef, a theater producer, an architect, a designer, a gardener, and a professional shopper but only received wages for her years as a labor and delivery nurse. The latter came in quite handy when the doctor missed the birth of her grandson. She was good in a crisis and could guarantee that if your son accidentally sliced your husband’s leg with a chainsaw, no furniture or car leather would be stained in the emergency process. And she’d offer the EMT’s a bite to eat.

In Pat’s absence, Coca-cola’s stock is expected to decline, as are cruise bookings. Restaurants and retail establishments in both Fairfield County, Connecticut and Pompano Beach, Florida will hold emergency meetings next week to discuss anticipated shortfalls.

She is survived by too many to count, including her children: Keith and Elizabeth Waskom; Tara and Tim Cummins; Tobin and Ted Bassani as well as her grandchildren: Kailey, Connor, Maggie, Patrick, Marcus, Rebecca, and though not related by blood: Julia, Evelyn, Nicholas, Jack, Lily, Katie, Luke, Amber, Tracey, Janice, Berta and Dave, Mike and Kelly, a few angry groundhogs, and hundreds of children who found joy at the Waskom poolside. To them, she was “Grandma Pat.” The July 4th celebrations were epic.

Most importantly, Pat is survived by Michael Waskom, her spouse of 52 years. You will know him by his cowboy hat because he hides his superhero cape.

A celebration of Pat’s life is being planned for a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to The Center for Growth and Development, 84 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897-4450 US.

Let’s face it, your local florist can’t hold a candle to Pat’s garden.