Patti McGillicuddy

Patricia McGillicuddy
Patricia (Patti) McGillicuddy, age 70, of Woodstock, Ontario passed away peacefully at Sakura House Hospice on Sunday May 8, 2023, following the sudden onset of, and a courageous fight with, liver disease. She was born November 21, 1952, in Woodstock to the late Jack and Betty McGillicuddy.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by her wife Äse Hallgren, and brothers Peter (Margie) and David (Akinyi). 
Much beloved Aunt to Jason (Becky) and Darryl (Kara), Dain (Mackenzie) and Spencer (Alex), Mikayla and Kaleb, Emily, and Molly, and great Aunt to Zoe and Abby. 
Cherished and adored by family and friends Bjorn, Svein, and Per; Ronna; Kathy; Sarka, Heather, Marilyn and Anne; Mike and Paul; Albert and Linda; Pat and Pat; Penny and Bob; Sirkka and Maureen; and so many more.
She was predeceased by her dear sister Carol and brother-in-law David.
Patti worked as a professor, counsellor, and social worker for many years at the University of Toronto.
She was an early and prominent supporter of LGBTQ rights, women's rights, and human rights, and the reach and influence of her research, her social activism, and her dedication to these causes cannot be understated.
Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Avenue, Woodstock was entrusted with Final Arrangements. Your messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared here at

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  • Dear Ase – thinking of you. This is such sad news. Patti was a joy to know. Always witty and so clear in her thinking. A very positive and amazing woman.

    Catherine Anne Crowe
  • Sincere and heartfelt condolences for all who loved Patti and all whom Patti loved. Such a surprise to learn of her passing.
    I had the pleasure of working with Patti at UHN, and so enjoyed her sense of humour.

    Judith Hart, RN, PhD
  • Patti’s much too short life embodied love for her partner, family, friends, colleagues and community. She was intelligent, political, spiritual, generous and kind. She worked relentlessly to make sense of the world around her. She was a mentor to others, changer of systems, lover of life and laughter. Social worker, teacher, advocate, counselor, author, artist, gardener, traveller and much much more. A bright star in the sky has been dimmed. All who have gone ahead have welcomed Patti with open hearts and arms. We wait to see you again Patti. But we miss you so so much.

    sirkka and maureen
  • Dear friend you will be missed! You inspired me as an example of how to lead with kindness. Your actions left a legacy that will be felt around us for a long time to come xxx

    Louise Pothier
  • David and Peter,to you and your families,

    It has been awhile since we were all together but I just heard about your sister Patti and wanted to reach out and send my sincere condolences to you.
    May you be comforted in your many memories and through the support of family and friends.
    Very sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose those we love and care for, so reassuring to know that others care also.

    Lois (Allan) Emmel
  • We are so saddend of the passing of Patti. Patti will be sorely missed and we will cherish her and Ase’s friendship forever.

    Pat and Pat
  • I am deeply saddened to hear of Patti’s passing. My memories of working with Patti are so positive and she was a warm and intelligent advocate for interprofessional care and education. I had the privilege of teaching with Patti many times and always learned so much about compassion and caring. She will be missed by our UofT community.

    Lynne Sinclair
  • Patti and I worked together in the late 1980’s. She was wonderful to work with, She was warm and funny as others have said. More importantly, for me, she was a voice for women in abusive situations, working tirelessly to be of assistance to them and also to change the social structures that supported, and still support violence against women.

    Lynda Davies
  • Patti was a beloved colleague and mentor who made an incredible impact on allied health staff at UHN. She was also a tremendously generous leader with a great sense of humor. Working with Patti was a true privilege. Ase, thinking of you at this difficulty time and sending condolences to your entire family.

    Andrea Sharp
  • Dear Ase and family, I am so sorry to hear the sad news of Patti’s death. She was a much respected colleague, trusted by many to always be kind, supportive and wise. Patti was courageous, never failing to address a difficult situation. I will also remember her lovely smile and ability bring a chuckle to a situation. She touched many people and leaves us with the challenge to always try to do just a bit better. My sincerest condolences to you. Jan Lackstrom

    Jan Lackstrom
  • Patti holds a very special place in my heart. My relationship with her resulted in her being a steady and loving presence in the lives of my daughters, Molly and Emily. Her love and influence was a gift to them and I will be forever grateful to her. My very deepest condolences to all who knew and loved her.

    Diane Nannarone
  • I was shocked and saddened to learn of Patti’s passing and my thoughts and prayer are with her family right now. I can’t imagine your loss.

    I had the pleasure of working with and reporting to Patti for her last three years at UHN, but her legacy I have carried in my heart and mind and will do so forever.
    Patti was the most inspirational leader I ever met, the most compassionate and non-judgmental human being, and an exquisite communicator and faciltator of interpersonal relationships and interprofessional learning. She had an exquisite and curious mind and wasn’t afraid to ask the difficult questions.

    I am sending my deepest condolences. The world is a shade dimmer this week without Patti’s light.


    Debra L Rolfe
  • Saddened by the passing of our dear friend Patti.
    Condolences to Åse and family.
    A Macintosh apple tree will grow in Nova Scotia in remembrance of her and her accomplishments in life.

    Penny and Bob
  • Saddened by the passing of our dear friend Patti.
    Condolences to Åse and family.
    A Macintosh apple tree will grow in Nova Scotia in remembrance of her and her accomplishments in life.

    Penny and Bob
  • I am so sorry to hear of Patti’s passing. I remember her invaluable contributions to the Lesbian and Cancers initiatives in the early 2000’s. Sending sincere condolences to her partner and family.

    Jennifer Alexander
  • Ase, I am so very sorry. You are in mine and David’s thoughts.

    Sande Gunning
  • I would like to leave my memories, thoughts and feelings about Patti on this page. I would also like to be able to see the comments that other people leave as it helps me to grieve with others.

    Lynda Davies
  • I am shocked and saddened to hear of Patti’s death and send my deepest regards of sympathy to her family and friends. I will always remember Patti’s steady, wise and heartfelt mentorship with so much gratitude.


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