Kathleen “Kit” (Gorman) McGillicuddy, age 76, of Southampton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 20, 2020, surrounded by her loving family after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Newtown, Clogher, County Mayo, Ireland to the late Patrick and Margaret (Mulchrone) Gorman, and went to Manchester, England at the age of 15 to live and work with her eldest sister, Maureen Martin and her husband, Tim. Coming to America in 1963, Kit joined her brother, John Gorman, and sister, Ann Baker, residing with her Aunt Bridie and Uncle Russell Finley. She returned to Ireland in 1966 for a brief visit when she met the love of her life, Neil McGillicuddy. They were engaged within two weeks and married in Ireland the following year. They came to America together in 1968, living in West Hartford, CT before making their home on Governor Street in the Hungry Hill section of Springfield for over 40 years. Kit and Neil celebrated 46 years together before Neil’s passing in 2013. She was employed at the Wesson Hospital, The US Envelope Company, Aetna Insurance Company, Milton Bradley, and The American Red Cross, and she was also “Mrs. Fix-It” at the Sears & Roebuck Company in Springfield. But, Kit’s greatest role was Mom and caregiver to many in the area. She leaves behind her son, Cornelius, and daughter, Ann-Margaret of Southampton; her brother, John Gorman and his wife Mary of Manchester, CT; her sisters: Ann Baker and her husband Sean of Chicopee, and Margaret O’Connor and her husband Michael of County Mayo, Ireland (who called without fail everyday); her sister-in-law, Myra O’Connor of Ireland; her dearest friend, Mary O’Shea of Longmeadow; and many loving nieces and nephews. She joins in eternal rest her loving husband, Neil; her son, Patrick; her sisters: Maureen, Bridie, and Lill; and many loved ones. The greatest joy in her life was her family, extended family, and close friends. UP MAYO! Relatives and friends are invited to meet for Kit’s Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am on Friday, July 3rd at Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield. There are no calling hours and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or to the John Boyle O’Reilly Scholarship Fund. The Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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