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

Patricia E. Huyghebaert

May 13, 1936 - October 1, 2020
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Patricia Eileen “Pat” (Gorman) Huyghebaert, 84, of Collinsville, loving wife of the late Emil “Huygie” J. Huyghebaert, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at McLean in Simsbury. Born May 13, 1936 in Paterson, NJ, Patricia was the daughter and only child of the late Thomas and Ethel (Huyler) Gorman. Raised in Paterson, NJ until moving to Totowa, NJ in 1947, she attended Passaic Valley High school class of 1953. In her senior year, Pat was the president of the Girls Athletic Association and received the Sportsmanship Award. After high school Pat attended William Patterson University and graduated with honors in the class of 1957 with a Bachelors of Education.

Two days after her college graduation, Pat married her high school sweetheart Emil J. Huyghebaert on June 15, 1957. Together, they spent time in New Jersey, Ohio, and Michigan before settling down in Collinsville, CT in 1960. There, she and Emil raised their four children on Freedom Drive.

After her youngest started school, Pat would begin her teaching career in the Canton school system where she would teach elementary education for twenty years (1976-1996). During this time Pat would complete her six year and Masters of Education from Saint Joseph. Pat was an active member of St. Patrick’s Church in Collinsville.
Pat was an avid reader, sewer and crafter. She enjoyed listening to Irish music, gardening and spending time with her family.

One of Pat’s favorite places was the Jersey shore, where she delighted in spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She began going “down the shore” as a young child with her parents for summer vacations and continued this tradition with her own children and later her grandchildren. Eventually, Pat and Emil would split their retirement years, between Collinsville, CT and South Seaside Park, NJ. Over the years, Pat made many friends at the shore.

She is survived by her sons, Emil J.B. Huyghebaert of New Hartford, Thomas Huyghebaert and his wife Gaylynn of South Roylaton, VT and John Huyghebaert of Collinsville, CT; her daughter, Sue Ellen Boyer and her husband Stephen of Barnegat, NJ; her grandchildren, Jessica Huyghebaert, Kelsey Huyghebaert and wife Anneke, Avery Boyer, Sydney Boyer and Remi Huyghebaert and a great grandchild, Fenner Huyghebaert.

The family would like to thank Arden Courts of Avon, McLean Hospice Care, Jim Keane, and Terry Schrijn for the wonderful care and support they gave to Pat in her tenacious battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Collinsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489. The Vincent Funeral Home of Canton is caring for the arrangements. The Huyghebaert family would greatly appreciate Pat’s friends, coworkers, and past students to visit the “Book of Memories” at and share stories and memories.
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Karen V. Richards

Posted at 05:44pm
Pat will be remembered for her smile and a joke or two. She was always upbeat and positive.
We shared a love for the Jersey Shore, especially Seaside Park and South Seaside Park, and for education in the Canton, Ct. public schools. Will miss you, Pat. Karen V. Richards

Cynthia Farrington Cameron

Posted at 04:14pm
I am so sorry to read of the death of your mother. She was my first friend (outside of school) my first year of teaching. I met your mom when you were in my first grade class and you ended up in the hospital in October. Later, I went to your home to work with you in early November and so after Thanksgiving when I was in a accident (and had to fly back to CT from ME), I called your mom when I arrived at the airport, having no idea where I was (distance-wise) and your mom said, "Sure", picked up your sister from a nap, and drove to pick me up and then take me to school for my first parent conferences. I was so appreciative and had believed her when she said, if I ever needed anything to call her. I will forever appreciate her kindness to me that year and still have a letter she wrote to the superintendent on my behalf. Your sweet mother made a huge impression on me fifty years ago. Kindnesses never expire.

Jeff P

Posted at 11:05pm
Mrs Huyghebaert was my 2’nd Grade Teacher. Always have great memories from having had her for a Teacher and enjoyed running into her around town in the years after.

John Perkins

Posted at 01:01pm
John, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your Mom. I wish you comfort over these tough days and weeks.


Posted at 10:27am
John, Im so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
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