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George Pataki's Mother Dies at 101

Peggy Pataki/YouTube

By    |   Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:29 PM

Peggy Pataki, the beloved mother of former New York Gov. George Pataki, died on April 3 at her home in Garrison, N.Y. She was 101 years old.

"After 101 years my mother Margaret 'Peggy' Pataki passed away peacefully in her sleep this morning. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers," Pataki said in a tweet.

A pictorial remembrance of the woman known as "the first grandmother of New York," has been posted on YouTube by her granddaughter Emily Pataki. The tribute is accompanied by a poignant rendition of "Danny Boy," the beloved ballad set to an ancient Irish melody.

Peggy Pataki was born in New York City to parents who immigrated from Italy and Ireland. She moved to Peekskill as a teenager, and in 1938, married Louis Pataki, who was Peekskill's assistant postmaster.

She was a member of the Women's Club of Peekskill-Cortlandt, a director of the Irish Hunger Memorial, and a Good-Will Ambassador for the New York State Commission on Aging, according to the Putnam Daily Voice.

She is survived by George, and another son, Louis, their wives, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Rob Cole, a former aide to the governor, wrote in a column published by The Journal News newspaper:

"As a young staffer, I had the unenvious job of being the person who had to wake the governor at 5 a.m.

"I would go to their home in Garrison, and Grandma, being an early riser herself, would always greet me with a smile and say, "Want me to get George out of bed? I don't mind, he won't yell at his mother. By the way, I made you some coffee.'"

Cole called Peggy Pataki, "one of the kindest and smartest people I have ever met, a winning combination of charm, intelligence, and humor."

"I can still hear her laughter and smell the coffee she made at 5, but most of all I remember a kind, fearless and wonderful woman who relished life," he said.

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Peggy Pataki, the beloved mother of former New York Gov. George Pataki, died on April 3 at her home in Garrison, N.Y.
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