Francis Joseph McPartlin (“Joe”) passed away on March 19, 2018 at his home surrounded by his devoted family after an 18-month battle with cancer. Mr. McPartlin was born on October 28, 1936 in Mt. Vernon, New York to Frank McPartlin, fresh from Scotland, and Madeline Slowey, from Sag Harbor. He and his younger sisters, Marie and Eileen (predeceased), and their families were a close knit, Irish Catholic family who always loved having a houseful of friends and relatives throughout his life, said family members this week. One of the many stories his sisters recounted over the years was how Mr. McPartlin told them they had to drive fast if they wanted him to teach them to drive. That is how he lived his life, in overdrive, with zest and exuberance, said family, adding that he was a devout Catholic always faithful to his moral values.
Mr. McPartlin’s early years were spent in Southern Connecticut until the family moved to Sag Harbor. The backyard of his home bordered that of his four first cousins and they had a ball growing up and raising hell together, said family. His father, a vacuum cleaner salesman for Sears Roebuck, left a note to the family when he died saying, “Always be good Christians and good friends just as you are already doing” and that is exactly what they did.
Mr. McPartlin graduated from Iona College in 1958. He served in the Army and was stationed in Germany from 1958 to 1960 and then served in the reserves from 1960 to 1962. He began working at General Motors Acceptance Corporation in 1961 collecting past due accounts and repossessing cars in the Bronx. He worked long days and advanced through many jobs in Manhattan and later in Massachusetts and Buffalo eventually earning the job of Vice President of Leasing in the company’s Detroit headquarters.
Mr. McPartlin married Claudia Guerin (predeceased), for whom he had affection ever since his newspaper delivery days, on February 4, 1961 during a blizzard and snow held a certain magic in their relationship for evermore. They were happily married for 38 years until Claudia’s death in 1999 and had five children, they affectionately referred to as “the troops,” who they raised primarily in East Northport, New York, with many weekends spent visiting relatives’ homes in Sag Harbor over the years. Upon Mr. McPartlin’s retirement in 1995, they returned to Sag Harbor. The McPartlin children are Cathy McPartlin Beaumont (husband Peter) of Andover, Massachusetts, Michael (wife Marian) of N. Andover, Massachusetts, Jim (wife Lorraine) of Mooresville, North Carolina, Stephen (predeceased) and Claudia McPartlin Weihler (husband Ryan) of Royal Oak, Michigan. He had six grandchildren, Carolyn, Stephen Patrick, Joe, Ryan, Kaity and Stephen Thomas, all of Massachusetts who family say were always so proud to have him as their grandpa.
Mr. McPartlin was blessed to have found the second “love of his life,” Pat Manzi, who brought immense joy to him and his family over the past 17 years. The couple had many adventures over the years and traveling both inside and outside of the United States.
Visiting hours are Thursday, March 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home, 91 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor. The Celebration of Life will be at St. Andrew Church on Friday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Church, 122 Division St., Sag Harbor. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Andrews Church, 122 Division Street, Sag Harbor, NY, 11963.