Patricia P. Larkin of West Springfield, Massachusetts died Saturday, October 19, 2019 at
Baystate Medical Center. She was the daughter of John Phillips and Ruth Bryson Phillips of Wilmington, Delaware and sister to Jane Schlirf and Margaret Christfield, all deceased. She was the beloved wife of James Larkin. She leaves behind her four children; Julianne Leissner of Galveston, Texas, Shaun Larkin of West Springfield, MA, Colleen Twomey of Arroyo Grande, CA and Shannon Larkin of Cambridge, MA. She also leaves her grandchildren Christopher and Cassie Leissner, Jamie Sanchez, Christopher Larkin, Joseph Larkin-Avin, Liam Twomey and Bridget Twomey; and two great-grandchildren Brendan and Austin Sanchez. Born in Philadelphia and brought up in Wilmington, DE, Pat settled in West Springfield with her husband, James "Tip" Larkin and made her lifelong home here, with regular summer vacations on Cape Cod, to see her beloved Nauset Beach. Pat was a lifelong learner and teacher. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. She taught English in the West Springfield schools, and music both privately and at the Community Music School of Springfield, the Westfield Community Music Program, and the Northampton Community Music Center. She was a founding member of the choral ensemble Novi Cantori, sang with the Springfield Symphony Chorus and its Chamber Chorus, and sang at many churches in the Springfield area. She took up the Celtic harp in her fifties and within a few years was playing in weddings and concerts and teaching the instrument to others. Her many students in the area will remember her fondly. She was a graduate of the Music Healing and Transition Program and was a certified practitioner, providing bedside harp music as a Hospice volunteer. She was a member of the American Recorder Society, the Folk Harp Society, and has served on the board of directors of Amherst Early Music, Inc. She was rarely seen without her collie dog by her side, in recent years, a rescued one. She looked forward to the Collie Club of America National Dog Show at the Eastern States Exposition because it would bring her collie friends from far and wide to stay at her house with their dogs. For many years, she attended Camp Gone to the Dogs, doing activities like agility, lure coursing, and nose work with her pets. A celebration of her life will be held on October 26 at 11:00 am at TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield Street, West Springfield, MA 01089. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State Street Springfield, MA 01103.
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