Patricia Kelly Surrick

  • Born: May 29, 1939
  • Died: January 12, 2021
  • Location: Media, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Patterson Family Funeral Homes

43 E. Baltimore Ave
Media, PA 19063
Tel. (610) 566-3400

Tribute & Message From The Family

Patricia Kelly Surrick, 81, of Media, PA, died on January 12, 2021, surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, the Honorable R. Barclay Surrick, her children Kelly (Jeff Edwards), Maryann (Scott Popma), and Barclay, and her grandsons Benjamin and William Popma.

Born in Flushing, NY on May 29, 1939, Patricia was the second of Eleanor and Clifford Kelly's three children and their only daughter. She grew up on the water in Bay Shore, Long Island, climbing trees and catching snakes with her older brother Cliff, reading voraciously, listening to Yankees' games with her father, and looking out for her younger brother Billy when he arrived nearly a decade after her.

Patricia made the fateful decision to attend Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where a slightly rakish collegiate athlete named Barc spotted her walking across campus and went on a mission to learn her name. Luck led to a chance encounter soon after, and they have been together ever since, marrying on August 13, 1961. A move to Delaware County following Barc's graduation from law school brought with it a switch in Patricia's allegiance from the Yankees to the Phillies -- a loyalty that never wavered, regardless of wins and losses.

You would be hard-pressed to find a bigger sports fan than Patricia, or someone who drew more joy from her garden. She cherished her time in the Providence Garden Club and the friendships she gained through it. She also loved old movies, Big Band music, Agatha Christie mysteries, and animals of every variety. (She counts her Labrador, Clementine, and innumerable woodland creatures among those who grieve her loss.)

Patricia and Barc raised their children in a home filled with humor, warmth, love, and frequent grammatical corrections. An English teacher by trade and temperament, Patricia believed there was never a bad time to expound on the appropriate use of lie and lay. Generations of students at Henderson High School, The Swarthmore Academy, and finally The Concept School learned lessons about grammar, literature, and the charm in not taking oneself too seriously in Patricia's classes.

From her contagious smile to her sprawling English gardens, Patricia made the world a more beautiful place. The very definition of grace, she had excellent comedic timing and loved to laugh, especially at herself. These qualities endeared Patricia to virtually everyone she met, and her numerous friends adored her for her light-heartedness and wit. Above all else, Patricia was kind and compassionate, with a resolute commitment to justice and a remarkable inner strength.

Patricia's family will hold a celebration of her life later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be sent to The Concept School, 1120 Street Road, Westtown Township, PA 19395.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Barc,

We were deeply saddened to learn of Pat's passing. The two of you are long remembered as the most attractive and esteemed couple on the Dickinson College Campus. May knowing that friends care and your many warm and wonderful memories of Pat be a continual source of comfort and strength for you and your family.

In deepest sympathy, Howard and Shirley Bahrs Kalis

Posted by Shirley Kalis - Classmate   January 25, 2021

My deepest condolences to Barc and the rest of Pat's family. I never knew Pat to be anything but upbeat, fun, and compassionate. I so enjoyed spending time with her. I know how much Barc will miss here as we all will. Mary McLaughlin

Posted by Mary McLaughlin - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   January 20, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Pat's passing. I was lucky enough to have worked with her at The Concept School. She had a wonderful sense of style and we shared a fondness of shoes! She has left behind a wonderful legacy, her family and the students whose lives she touched. With my sympathy.

Posted by Maureen Sullivan - West Chester, PA   January 19, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the (Kelly) Surrick Families for the loss of your loved one, Patricia, and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength.

Posted by JW/JKH    January 18, 2021

Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Surrick family! Aunt Pat will be missed, Uncle Barclay, I am happy to hear that your support system, (our cousins), my mother and many others are looking out for you. Hang in there everyone. Andy and Kim, Michael and Kevin Cramp

Posted by Andrew Cramp - San Diego, CA - Family   January 18, 2021

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the entire Surrick family. My son was so very fortunate to have Mrs. Surrick as his English teacher at The Swarthmore Academy; she was such a marvelous educator and a lovely person. I have very fond memories of Mrs. Surrick. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you; the world has lost a truly wonderful person. Donna M. Lion

Posted by Donna M. Lion - Acquaintance   January 15, 2021

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Posted by Sis Dresden Messinger - Media, PA - Friend   January 15, 2021

Uncle Barc, Kelly, Maryann and "little" Barc,

Toni and I share the sadness and sense of loss all who knew Aunt Pat are feeling right now. There are few words that can rightly express these feelings. What a truly special person she was in the lives of so many.

Especially to a precocious young man like me when at nine years old, she entered my life and became, Aunt Patty.

She tutored me, she listened to me, she guided me and she helped me develop as a young man. The years have passed since those days and as is often the case time and distance intervened, but I will always remember how much Aunt Pat meant to me, so if I may, I'd like to quote Leo Buscaglia: "I know for certain that we never lose people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make..." I will remember Aunt Pat with love and affection and maybe in doing so, this is the greatest condolence of all. With love, John (Johnny) Cramp, Jr.

Posted by John Cramp - Saint Augustine, FL - Family   January 15, 2021

Dearest Surrick Family, It was with great sadness that I think about your loss. Mrs. Surrick was always such a warm and beautiful person, whose smile and humour touched all of us lucky enough to have know her. These are the gifts that she has left Kelly, Maryann and Barclay. We are all better having had her in our lives. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Kevin Conallen - London - Family Friend   January 15, 2021

Dear Mr. Surrick and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Surrick was always so kind to me whenever I spent time at your house over so many years, and always greeted me with a bright smile and friendly conversation. She was truly an extraordinary person. Please know I am thinking of you.
Love, Marion

Posted by Marion Willetts - El Paso, IL - Family Friend   January 14, 2021

Doug and I mourn the loss of my Aunt Pat. To Uncle Barclay, and cousins Kelly, Maryann, and Barc, and 4 legged friend Clemmie, we send our condolences. Aunt Pat was a safe beacon to me, growing up, gardening with her, on Beatty Road, a safe place from the trials of a young boys life. I love you, Aunt Pat.

Posted by David Barclay Cramp- Case - Red Hook, NY - Family   January 14, 2021

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