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PJ (Patricia) Curley
  • 60 years old
  • Date of birth: May 12, 1953
  • Date of passing: Oct 16, 2013

A memorial service will be held at Ted Mayr Funeral Home (3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura CA) on Saturday, October 26th 2013 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  

A reception will follow at the Curley home from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at 403 N. Montgomery Street, Ojai CA 93023

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in PJ's memory to the Ojai Public Library.

A service is planned for friends & family in Summit, NJ, but details have yet to be determined.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Nilufer Torun on 16th October 2014

"I lit a candle this morning and sent Blessings of Love and Light and whatever poured out of my heart for PJ on the first anniversary of her passing.  Her smiling and cheerful presence was immediately felt!  What a wonderful experience. Dearest PJ I thank you for your 'brief visit' ~ it reminds me of our great laughs together ~ thanks for letting us know you're just a thought away.  May you be surrounded with Love, Light, Beauty and Laughter, Nilufer"

This tribute was added by Bernardette Haken on 12th September 2014

"I just learned today, Friday, 9/12/14, that my dear friend Pat died almost a year ago.    I am so sorry to be writing this so late and hope it doesn't dredge up memories, but I so want to pay tribute to her.
John, I first met Pat in the early 80's here in Manhattan.    She was working as a CPA for someone who was renting office space from my firm.   You may even have heard of the 'boss' of my firm as he and Pat became such good friends also, having the same initials as Pat at that time also - PJ Brennan.  
Pat and I hit it off immediately.    We were both at the beginning our NY careers.    We would go out for lunch and/or dinner and multiple functions of the Brennan family and chat and gossip whenever we could!
I've read the tributes above and I see the standout comments about Pat are regarding her warm personality.    I see that everyone felt as I did - she was a warm, loving, personable, true, honest, full of life person, who made you feel so close to her.   Whenever I spoke with or met up with Pat, she was a true friend, even though it wasn't on a constant basis.    We always fell back into step with each other.
The last time I saw her, John, was when you were away I believe, and she came to visit my husband Steve and I in Pennsylvania.   She had told me about you several years before and so we felt almost that we knew you.   From her description, and with no disrespect intended, we felt as though we knew you too.,
Please accept our most sincere regrets on your behalf.   We are devastated and cannot imagine how it is for you.    Again, my utmost apologies for writing so late.   I had no idea....
Bernardette Haken"

This tribute was added by Carol Micco on 1st May 2014

"Dear John,
I am shocked beyond words to find out of Pat's passing.  I am in Pasadena with my mother and just tried to contact to Pat to see if we could get together and am devastated to hear of her passing.  Pat was the first friend I made in NYC.  It was back in 1977.  We were both getting our brokers license.  It was such a treat for me, a real gift to get to know her.  We've shared so many experiences over the years.  I know Pat was blessed to have had you in her life.  You must be missing her terribly.  I will keep you in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Lisa Nemeroff on 9th January 2014

"Dear John,
I am so sorry to hear of Pat's death. I loved seeing her in Telluride and had such fun with her. We were lucky enough to share many winters but unfortunately not the last few years. Our timing was off. I am in a state of shock about this. My thoughts are with you and I know how difficult it can be as I lost my husband awhile back. Things will get better. Pat was a terrific gal I will miss her."

This tribute was added by Nilufer Torun on 7th January 2014

"Dear John and Family ~

I just learned of P.J.'s passing and am deeply, deeply saddened.  I met her in a workshop in Ojai and was blessed to meet with her a few more times during the last few years; the last time on my birthday where I met you John,  for the first time.  Oh, we had such great belly laughs together ~ I was actually still looking forward to seeing more of her this year.  I just lit a candle and sent her great blessings of Love, Beauty, Light and lots of Joy.  My thoughts are with you John ~ may your heart strengthen which each cherished memory and abide in Peace."

This tribute was added by Simon Lovat on 21st November 2013

"Dear Jonh
So sorry to hear your sad news from Betsy today.
We will be in L A  over Christmas 25...29 would love to catch up if posible.
We will be staying at the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive
Much love. From Blandina and Geoff Sydney Australial"

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Farrar on 20th November 2013

"Dear John,

Craig and I never got to meet you but like you we loved P.J.  I met her in ski class and we instantaneously connected.  We were talking to each other on the lift three days after we met and the woman riding the lift with us asked how long we had been friends because the connection was so apparent.  We've looked forward to her return every year, share the Met opera simulcasts, Oscar nominated shorts presentations and numerous meals.  We can't believe she is gone.  We will miss her.  Please know that our thoughts are with you."

This tribute was added by Anne Flournoy on 8th November 2013

"OH.  I am shocked and saddened to learn this terrible news.  PJ and I were in an Artists Way class together at the Open Center in NYC in 2007.  Though I don't think we ever met, she was a tremendous support to the work I started after that class.  I am so very sorry for your terrible loss."

This tribute was added by Bruce Beyer on 5th November 2013

"John, it is with heartfelt prayers, astonishment and tears that we just learned about PJ's passing.  Shocking is not a strong enough term.  Our hearts and prayers go out to you.  Take good care of yourself."

This tribute was added by Doug Beckwith on 29th October 2013

"I was shocked and saddened to hear of PJ's passing. I considered her a very good friend, although we never got around to meeting in person. We were River Club pen pals trading my winter week for one of her summer weeks. I always enjoyed hearing from her. She was so full of life and humor in her notes. I will miss our friendship. All my sympathy to her family and friends.  --Doug"

This tribute was added by Thomas MacCalla on 25th October 2013

"We are so sorry for the loss of PJ.  We will celebrate her life and our fond memories of her.  She was a dear hiking and OVAC colleague for many years, and then a personal friend.  Through her, we got to know and love John, so we are grateful to her as well.  We will miss her.  In sorrow, and with our condolences to John and family, Tom and Jean"

This tribute was added by Scott Forman on 22nd October 2013

"John and Danny - I am sorry to hear about PJ's passing. She was way too young, in age and in spirit. I will miss our annual golf outing at the Summit Muni but will continue with you guys in her honor. I only knew her for a couple of years but will miss her summer stays in Summit and say a prayer for her."

This tribute was added by Phil Caruthers on 22nd October 2013

"John, our words can't convey the sorrow we feel at PJ's sudden passage. Though we knew her only for a too short time, we loved her smile, her enthusiasm for life and those around her. Our deepest sympathy for your loss, and hope that your memories will help restore your world.
- Phil & Aryna"

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Kun on 21st October 2013

"We were so very saddened to hear of PJ's passing. She was always a delight - fun, kind-hearted, busy, busy, busy, and, more importantly, full of life. We will miss her sense of humor and quick smile. Our deepest condolences to you, John, and to all who loved her.  - Russell and Elizabeth Kun"

This tribute was added by Maureen Miller on 21st October 2013

"John,

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I was saddened to hear about Pat.  I met her when I joined the book group and we shared our stories often, She was always fun, enthusiastic and had a wonderful sense of adventure.  I am happy to have known her."

This tribute was added by Karen Stevinson on 21st October 2013

"To John and family,
  I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing.  She was a lively and fun part of our book club in New Jersey, and we were sorry to lose her to CA.,
although happy that she had found you and was starting a new life with you in CA.  
she will be missed."

This tribute was added by Robert Evans on 20th October 2013

"P.J loved hiking,music,reading and writing but most of all she loved John! We will hold her memory in our hearts and cherish the times we spent together, Robert and Susan Evans"

This tribute was added by Margaret Monaco on 20th October 2013

"John and Family,

Shocking and very sad news.  I remember how happy Pat was to have met and married you (and your children).  And how thrilled she was to move to Ojai for the two of you to start a new chapter in your lives and to pursue her passion for writing.  My very sincere condolences."

This tribute was added by Annette Pfister on 19th October 2013

"John, my thoughts are with you. PJ was a gift to all of us here in Summit. I so admired her spirit and was learning how much we had in common. We are deeply feeling the news that she has left us for a more divine place."


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