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Patricia Joan Lovejoy
Patricia Joan Lovejoy, age 83, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, beloved mother, grandmother and friend passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center-Nassau.
Born in Saratoga Springs, New York on April 5, 1937, Pat was one of four daughters born to Urban J. and Lorraine Tromper Hance. She graduated from Scotia High School in 1955 and received a BA degree, graduating cum laude, as well as a Masters of Arts degree from the State University of New York.
Upon retiring from teaching, she discovered that she had a love for the Irish harp and after much study, began a second career where she provided music therapy weekly at Baptist Medical Center-Nassau for more than twenty years. She also gave harp lessons and performed at various occasions on Amelia Island. In her words, �It is a labor of love for me.�
She is preceded in death by Forrest G. Barnes, Jr. and Michael J. Lovejoy.
Pat leaves behind her two children, Sherri Pietrantone (Joe) of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Forrest G. Barnes (Monica) of Chapin, South Carolina; two step-children, Cindy Hoffstadt (Steve) of Camden-Wyoming, Delaware and Col. David Lovejoy (Hyun Jung) of Burke, Virginia; three sisters, Maureen Juno, Lainey Pudney (Paul), Lynne Firth (Bill) and thirteen grandchildren.
There will be a private service at a later date when circumstances permit.
JIM TIPPINS (RETIRED CHAPLAIN FOR BMCN) April 26, 2020
Pat will always be a treasure kept close to my heart which she loved to ease with her smile and her much. For 13 years she played outside my office at Baptist Nassau Medical Center. Some days it seemed she played just for me as I went to see patients and families and help them during difficult or Travis times.
She would tell me to put my hand on the harp as she played and then she�d teach me about the spiritual and musical harmonics needed to live gently.
I knew she wasn�t playing just for me but for the hundreds and thousands of people that passed through the lobby, stood by the baby window, or were clinging to hope and life in the ICU.
I was with her and Mike in his last days and saw the love they shared.
Patricia Lovejoy is everything her name implies. Our world was more gentle, more peaceful more sacred because of her. Thanks be to God for such a gift.
SUSAN MARKIW, PT April 26, 2020
When I worked at Baptist Nassau, I would hear Pat playing the harp and thought how wonderful the sound. About a year ago, while waiting on my husband undergoing some medical testing, I had the pleasure of sitting in the lobby listening to her play and talking with her about her love of the harp. I told her how much I enjoyed hearing her as I wandered the halls caring for patients but was so thankful now to sit with her for 20 minutes of nonstop music. She was truly an angel in disguise. May she rest well and continue to play the harp in heaven.
KATHY BLAND April 29, 2020
I remember Mrs. Lovejoy from BMC. Such beautiful music enjoyed by patients and staff. It was a special talent to share.
CHRISTINE & PAUL MEEHAN April 30, 2020
Pat gave me a wonderful gift last year of accepting me as her last harp student and I will be forever grateful. She is still playing but with a heavenly chorus of harp players now. Her generosity to our community will be missed but forever treasured.
ELLEN BLAIR May 6, 2020
I knew Pat as quiet, gentle, sweet, encouraging woman. When I started attending St Peter�s Parrish I was drawn to her welcoming smile and the constant twinkle in her eyes. She was such a good listener and always had time to stop and visit a while. Oh how she loved to play her harp at the hospital and during the Celtic service at church sharing generously her musical talent with us. It was truly music that fed the soul. When she read scripture in church, she read with a clear strong voice bringing life to the selected word for the day. I will miss her greatly. She will be ever present in her seat at church and I will think of her fondly as I walk by her pew during the processional. Her twinkle will remain fixed in my mind. Thank you for touching my life, Pat!.