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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Peggy Garrity

Peggy Joan Garrity

September 23, 2020
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Peggy Joan Garrity, 68, of Simsbury, unexpectedly died Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at John Dempsey Hospital. She was born January 13, 1952 in Hartford, daughter of the late James Joseph and Florence (Peg) (Gadd) Garrity. She graduated from Berkley Secretarial School in White Plains, NY and attended Central Connecticut State University. Peggy worked for the Aetna for 44 years. She was the project lead for their widely regarded African American History Calendar, annual reports and CEO external event requests. Peggy brought a unique and valuable perspective to her work. Her co-workers looked to her for the benefit of her insight and deep experience.

Peggy was young at heart and always up for an adventure and a good time. She was able to travel to places that she loved, including visiting her ancestry home of Ireland on several occasions, with as many family members in tow as she could arrange. She loved going to New York City during the holidays with Patti to do her favorite activity: shopping. The itinerary was always a quick stop at Rock Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, then spend the day at Macy’s and Lord & Taylor, capped off with cocktails at The Warwick before jumping on the train home. Her nieces best remember her for weekend sleepovers when they were young where she spoiled them by bringing them shopping, taking them on fabulous vacations and introducing fine dining where they could order whatever they wanted off the menu. Her cheerful personality and generous heart always brought the family together at her home for holidays. Sitting around the dining table, she always asked about others and was genuinely interested to know what was going on in their lives. Peggy was so talented as well. She is best known to her family and friends for her extraordinary cooking and baking. Her famous chocolate chip cookies were her signature recipe. Along with cooking, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, taking walks, watching classic black and white movies and the occasional reality TV show and Broadway musicals (Jersey Boys was her favorite). She enjoyed volunteering at McLean in Simsbury and was a member of the Flower and Social Action Committees at St. Mary’s Church in Simsbury. Most of all, Peggy loved spending time with her beloved family. Her grace and class was one of a kind.

She is survived by her siblings, Patti Grace and husband Joe of Simsbury, Judy Kargle and husband Ray of Oakdale, PA, Joe Garrity and wife Barbara of Burlington, Dennis Garrity and wife Ann of Farmington and Mike Garrity of Torrington; her beloved nieces and nephews, Don Clifford and wife Carol of Sailsbury, NC, Brian Clifford and wife Sheri of Simsbury, Alisha Mayer and husband Chuck of North Granby, Jeffrey Kargle and wife Lori Demnyan of McDonald, PA, Jane Montanaro and husband Michael of Old Lyme, Gail Ross and husband Eric of Burlington, Sharon Zaleski and husband Dave of Burlington, Karen McCoubrey and husband Bill of New Hartford, Jennifer Kargle of Pittsburgh, PA and her great nieces and great nephews who she adored and in return loved Aunt Peggy, Megan Kraft and husband Freddie of Mooresville, NC, Caitlyn and Kelley Clifford of Simsbury, Enzo and Katie Farina of San Diego, CA, Shayuna and Josh Olson of Fredericksburg, VA, Taimah, Adahy and Theodore Williams of Pittsburgh, PA, Victoria and Caroline Montanaro, Loren and Olivia Ross, Ashley and Avery Zaleski, Liam and Kian McCoubrey. She will be missed by cousins and friends, especially Lenore and John.

Her family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 29th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Funeral will be Wednesday, September 30th, 9:15 AM from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian, 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Simsbury. Burial will follow in Simsbury Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit Peggy’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.
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  • Visitation

    September 29, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    September 29, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Vincent Funeral Home - Simsbury
    Address
    880 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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  • Service

    September 30, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    September 30, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Mary's Church - Simsbury
    Address
    942 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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    Officiant
    Fr. Frank Matera
  • Interment

    Location
    Simsbury Cemetery
    Address
    16 Plank HIll Road
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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Mary Nagy

Posted at 02:41am
Peggy was a childhood and lifelong friend to my sister Janet Nagy Hanley. Peggy as a little girl was such a delight to have come to your home - she was a frequent household visitor and Jan’s best friend. We all went to St. Mary School in Simsbury. We love and miss you Peggy and would have wanted to attend all your services, wake, funeral Mass and burial. Your day of passing is a special saint’s day Padre Pio. I pray to him for you and your family and condolences to your little brother Michael who is my classmate, and big brother Joe who is my brother Ray’s classmate, and to each of your siblings. This is written by Mary Nagy (previously of Seminary Road Simsbury) to you and your siblings who lived on Massacco just up from St. Mary’s.
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Lisa Santoro

Posted at 05:38pm
I knew Peggy from our work on the Aetna African American History Calendar. I had the honor of being the calendar designer for over a decade. Over that time Peggy became more than a client she became a close friend. We enjoyed many dinners and glasses of wine together. She loved talking about her nieces and the adventures they had, one including a Segway tour. When my mom passed away unexpectedly in February of this year she had texted me "This is why it is so important to celebrate every day we have." And she was so right. Peggy, I already miss you.
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Myrna Blum

Posted at 07:23pm
I worked with Peggy for many years on Aetna's annual report, African American History Calendar and many, many other corporate communications. She was a gem to work with as well as to know. Extremely dedicated, efficient and thorough. No job was ever too big or complicated for her. Always a lady who got the job done! I am heartbroken, but will treasure my wonderful memories of working with and knowing Peggy. Rest in peace, Peggy. You will be missed.
Myrna Blum
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Gary Frank

Posted at 03:05pm
I was at Aetna for about five years and I always enjoyed working with Peggy. She was kind, thoroughly professional, and a joy to talk with. Her passing means the world has lost a great measure of class and grace. Requiescat in pace, Peggy.
JH

John Hawkins

Posted at 02:38pm
Peggy was an absolute delight to work with at Aetna. During my time there, she made my job in media relations so much easier. I look back on the many hours we spent preparing for the Annual Shareholders Meeting and the incredible work she did in preparing the background database so we could make the CEO's job easier in handling questions from shareholders. What I remember most is her unfailingly pleasant and cheerful attitude, her "can-do" spirit and her lovely smile. May God embrace her in His loving arms. John Hawkins, St. Augustine, Florida
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