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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Patrick Pierre McCurdy
September 14, 1928 - March 1, 2018

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Visitation - Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Ann’s Choice, Warminster
Memorial Service - Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:00 AM at Ann’s Choice, Warminster


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Place - Ann’s Choice - 10000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warminster, PA 18974 - 215-443-3801 - Map
Family Florist - Beth’s Flower Boutique - 369 Easton Road, Horsham, PA 19044 - 215-672-8901 - Map

The following remembrance was lovingly composed by Patrick’s family:

Patrick Pierre McCurdy of Warminster, Pennsylvania, died Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Ann’s Choice.  He was 89 years old.  Patrick was born on September 14, 1928, in Angers, France, son of the late Joseph Alexander McCurdy and the late Constance Yolande McCurdy (nee - de Boisferon).  He was the beloved husband of 62 years to the late Eiko Y. McCurdy; father of Alan and his wife Sheila, Wendy, Alec and his wife Karen, and Jeffrey and his wife Barbara; grandfather of Tina, David, Brett, Alex, Nikki, Adam, Jeff, Megan, Haley, Brody, Eiko, and Veronica; great grandfather of Paige and Dexter; brother of the late Rene McCurdy and his wife Jessie.
Patrick was raised and educated in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a 1946 graduate of Shady Side Academy and a 1949 graduate of Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon), receiving his BS in Chemical Engineering. Patrick was commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1950 and served honorably until his discharge as a First Lieutenant in 1954, later achieving the rank of Captain in the reserves. It was during his time stationed in Japan, that he met Eiko Yamada. The two fell in love and were married in Tokyo in 1953. After leaving the army, Patrick went on to a career in publishing, serving as editor-in-chief for several trade magazines, including Chemical Week and Chemical and Engineering News, which are the chief publications for the chemical industry. In his retirement, he helped to found Today’s Chemist, a publication of the American Chemical Society. He was well known in his field, and was in demand as a speaker at industry events.  In 1979 he was awarded the Jesse H. Neal Award for excellence in business journalism. He was also a recipient of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Merit Award. 
Patrick was a huge fan of all things Pittsburgh, and a great lover of classical and contemporary music. He was a voracious reader, and especially well-read in the field of history. Winston Churchill was his hero. He loved classic movies, with “Casablanca” his favorite. He had a passion for cars, and could name the make, model, and year of most old cars spotted in movies or elsewhere. He enjoyed taking pictures, and was rarely seen without his camera at family or professional events. He also loved watches, and gadgets of all kinds.
Relatives and friends are invited to the remembrance service of Patrick P. McCurdy on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Ann’s Choice Chapel, 10000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warminster, PA 18974. Guests will be greeted in the chapel vestibule beginning at 10 a.m. Service begins at 11 a.m.
Religious services will be conducted by Rev. Paul McCurdy. Ronald A. Kolla will be the pianist.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Patrick P. McCurdy’s memory to the Ann’s Choice Scholars Fund, 20000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warminster, PA, 18974, would be greatly appreciated.
Family flowers arranged by Beth’s Flower Boutique 215-672-8901.

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