Patricia Colvig—1949-2021

Flavia PotenzaBy Flavia Potenza      October 1, 2021

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Patricia Colvig—1949-2021
Photos courtesy of Colvig family Patty Colvig always had dogs. From her lab mix, Honey, who wore pearls to a ‘70s dinner party, to Seamus (above) who, with Patty, hosted “Bacon Sundays” for their canine neighbors on Encina Road.
Patricia Colvig, talented researcher for films and movies, was a big-hearted, fiercely independent, rambunctious, and witty woman with an eye for beauty and a passion for her bestie canine friends. She had many beloved pups over her 72 years, and each one was pampered with dog movies and ice cream and, on Sundays, bacon, which she fried up for all the neighborhood dogs who visited. She loved nature and lived surrounded by it in her beautiful Topanga Canyon home, decorated with lovely art and artifacts she had collected on her journeys around the world. A fighter from an early age, when cancer took one of her eyes, Patty passed away at home September 16, 2021, a beautiful sunny day in the canyon. She was surrounded by family, and a large circle of her dearest friends, showering her with love. Her hard journey with metastatic breast cancer was over, and she left this world with grace and peace. Patty was born in the spring of 1949 in Denver, Colorado, to Fred and Mary Brigid (Honey) Colvig. She graduated from Marymount High School in 1967. She took a sabbatical during her college years to travel through Eastern Europe by VW van, and it was there she discovered her love of art history. She then spent two years sailing in the South Pacific, exploring the islands, teaching native women new skills, and working as paid crew, including on an oceanographic research vessel. She visited Australia and Indonesia during this time. Patty eventually came home and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Printmaking and Art History from CSU Long Beach. She never lost her passion for world travel, and toured extensively around North America. In more recent years Patty was so happy to visit her cousin, John, in Madagascar. She had long hoped to travel to Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India, to recover the remains of her father, who was killed in a plane crash returning from a journalistic assignment to Indonesia for the Denver Post when she was just four months old. Unfortunately, this goal was never accomplished due to her health. Patty began working in films and TV in 1985. She loved research and production. Hill Street Blues (NBC), The Astronomers (PBS), Planet Earth (PBS), The History of Christianity – The First Thousand Years (A&E), I Witness Video (NBC News), and Channel One News, are among some of the productions she worked on. Her colleagues remember her as insightful, creative, devoted, authentic, and a team player. She took no guff and was full of mischief. When one of her bosses, an entertainment lawyer, asked her to fetch a file for him, she put the file in her mouth, got down on all fours, and trotted into his office like a dog. A male waiter at a local restaurant—where Patty was one of the first women hired to serve—gave her a hard time about her eye, calling her “the freak.” He liked ice in his beer. So Patty reached into her purse for her spare glass eye one night and dropped it in his schooner. He almost fell off his stool when it clinked against his teeth. A pretty blue-eyed woman with an infectious deep laugh, Patty loved bringing people together to celebrate life. Parties on the deck of her Topanga Canyon home were legendary. She loved passing out her signature margaritas, made with fresh squeezed lime juice and Cointreau. Patty lived life to the fullest and had deep gratitude for family, friends, experiences, opportunities, and a home to share with others where she ultimately ended her journey. Patty’s courage in facing this final challenge was a model to all of us who were lucky enough to have her in our lives. She is survived by her beloved pup, Seamus; her sisters Brigid Miller and Michol Frain; cousins David Reddy and John Reddy; eight nieces and nephews; 12 great-nieces and nephews; six great-great nieces and nephews; many honorary nieces and nephews; and more dear friends than one could count. One of her greatest joys was being “Ant” Patty (as she preferred to be called), and she went above and beyond to be a big part of their lives, sharing family heritage and history She is preceded in death by her father Fred Colvig, mother Honey Faust, step-father Gus Faust, brother Christopher “Kit” Colvig, sister-in-law Mary Colvig-Rhodes, and numerous “fur-babies.” A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Patty asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations are sent to Topanga Women’s Circle, an organization for which she was an active volunteer for many years. n ht tps://topangawomenscircle.org/files/
Patty loved research, film and TV production. Friends remember her as authentic and full of mischief.
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