Patricia Marie McGoughran

October 14, 1957 - August 22, 2023

10/14/1957 - 08/22/2023

Past Services

Saturday September 09, 2023
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Breakers on the Ocean
1507 Ocean Ave N
Spring Lake, NJ 07762

Patricia Marie McGoughran, lovingly known as Patty, “Tuffy McG”, passed away on August 22, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Born on October 14, 1957, in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, Patty lived a remarkable life filled with passion, service, and unforgettable moments. 

Patty dedicated over 25 years of her life to serving her country proudly in the Army and Army Reserves retiring after twenty years of service as Master Sergeant. Her unwavering commitment and dedication to her duties earned her the admiration and respect of her fellow soldiers. Following her military career, Patty transitioned into the corporate world, taking on the role of an Application Support Manager for a prominent IT company. Throughout her professional journey, she demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and an unmatched work ethic.

Patty also attended Robert Morris College finishing with a 3.96 GPA with one B (of which we are sure she disputed). 

Outside of work, Patty embraced life and all its adventures. She had a deep love for traveling and delighted in exploring different parts of the world. With a keen eye for detail and a flair for creativity, Patty excelled as a party planner, always ensuring that each event she organized was filled with joy and laughter. Her fun-loving spirit and vibrant personality made her the life of every gathering, and her generous and kind nature endeared her to everyone she encountered.

Patty will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Patricia McGoughran. Left to cherish her memory are her siblings Bill McGoughran and his wife Karen, Timothy Fletcher McGoughran and his wife Allison, and Lesley Brinton and her husband John. Patty also leaves behind her adored nieces and nephews Liam, Morgan, Melinda, William, Ian, Jay and Bobby whose lives she enriched with her affection and guidance.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate Patty’s life will take place on September 9, at the Breakers in Spring Lake 1507 Ocean Avenue Spring Lake, NJ 07762 from noon until 3pm.  During this gathering, family, friends, and loved ones will come together to remember a remarkable woman who touched the hearts of many and left an enduring legacy of love, laughter, and kindness.

As we bid farewell to Patty, let us remember her with fondness and gratitude for the joy she brought into our lives. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her spirit continue to inspire us to live each day with the same fervor and zest that Patty exemplified so beautifully. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation ( or Feed the Hungry ( 

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Michael Demas
7 months ago

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I was deeply saddened by the news of her passing. Patty was an incredible person, and a good friend. She will be dearly missed.

7 months ago

Patty was a such a joyful woman. My prayers and love to your entire family.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
7 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Patricia Marie Mcgoughran, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Patricia Marie McGoughran, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Karen O’Sullivan
7 months ago

I’m so very sad to hear this news. I worked with Patty for years. She was larger than life and we still talk about her in the office. My sincere condolences to all her family and friends.

Chintu Bajaj
7 months ago

Am gutted to hear this news. Patty and I worked together and have lots of memories. Heartfelt Condolences to the entire family. RIP Patty.

Glenn & Cindy Easton
7 months ago

Our hearts are broken by your loss. Patty was one-of-a-kind who will always be remembered….with a smile. May her memory forever be a blessing and inspiration. May you find some comfort and solace in precious memories.

William Mattox
7 months ago

My sincere condolences to the family. Patty was the best boss I ever had. – William Mattox

Karen Walker
7 months ago

Sending our deepest condolences to Patti’s family! Growing up across the street from the fabulous McGoughran family was such fun… many good memories! Rest in peace Patti!

Karen Davis Mulholland
7 months ago

Toot and I send our condolences to you all. Patty was someone who was always smiling. We last saw her at a Carlynton class reunion. Many memories from Rosslyn Farms and high school.

Michael Ferguson
7 months ago

So sad to hear of this great loss. Patty was such an incredibly smart mentor and friend. We are lucky to have known her. She touched so many with her energy, sense of humor and laughter.

-Ferg and Sofia