Around the Emerald Green 2021


Irish Echo 12/22/21

Death Notification*

Past President Patrick Comaskey

Patrick Francis Comaskey
March 1, 1932 – June 28, 2021

Patrick Francis Comaskey, a long-time resident of Wallington, NJ. passed away peacefully with his family in South Carolina at the age of 89. Patrick (Frank) was born on March 1st, 1932, in Mullingar, Ireland. As a young man, he joined the British Army and served in the Royal Mechanical Engineers during the Korean War in 1954-1955.

He received his college degree from Hunter’s College in New York and went on to a long and successful career as an accountant with the United States Customs service. Throughout his career, Patrick remained closely connected to his Irish culture and heritage, serving as the President of the US Customs Emerald Society and Grand Council of Emerald Societies, as Aide to the Grand Marshall in the New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and establishing March as Irish Heritage month with the US Custom’s organization. Irish music and dancing were a consistent part of Patrick’s family life, and he was an avid collector of musical instruments and military memorabilia.

Patrick was a quick-witted, discerning man who embodied the values of hard work and grit. He equally appreciated a joke, a good laugh, and a well-poured pint. He will be dearly missed. Patrick will return home to Mullingar, Ireland, for burial.

*Late notification (Posted online on July 23, 2021, Published in Record and Herald News).

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam 

Peter F. Whalen, Presiden

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