Patricia Kathleen Bond Marino passed away in the early morning as the sun was rising on Monday, July 13, 2020. Patty was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on June 28, 1952 while her father was stationed in that city serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. But the family moved shortly thereafter to New Orleans which became her true hometown until later in life when she spent ten (10) fabulous years from 2008 until 2018, in her Parisian apartment located in the Marais District (3d Arr.) just steps from the famed Place des Vosges. Patty returned to New Orleans on August 31, 2018. Patty married Anthony C. “Tony” Marino on October 12, 1985. They were married in the fabulous patio of their then residence (rented from the long-time preservationists and owners, the late Milton Melton and late Stephen Scalia – affectionately referred to as the “Uncles”). Patty and Tony catered their own wedding on a wonderful Autumn day. Patty and Tony lovingly called each other “Bunny”. While actual bunnies are known for being very prolific, “The Bunnies” had no children but were very fortunate to raise and care for rescue animals, Lydia Marie (Catahoula/Beagle mix), Manouche (Terrier/Pomeranian mix and King Barkus XI), Voodoo (Tabby feline), and Bunny Berrigan (A Sparrow-like Canary) until their demise. Although Patty and Tony were physically separated from each other beginning in 1998 until Patty’s passing, The Bunnies continued in marriage apart, but remained very close and the best of friends.
Throughout her life, she had many interests and careers. She was a voracious reader of quirky authors such as M.F K. Fisher. In her early adult life, she ruled as a famed bartender at such places in the 1970’s as Molly’s at the Market (then owned by Jim Monaghan) and The Abbey (then owned by Max Clevenger) when denizens of the Vieux Carré frequented the Decatur Street establishments long before the current days of the hipsters. She was famous for her own inspired cocktail called “The Peppermint Patty”. Later she worked as a Manager at Jonah’s Deli at The Market (then owned and operated by Jon Stern) before moving to work for the same owner to become the General Manager of Royal Café. The Royal Café was located in the most photographed building in the Vieux Carré – The LaBranche House (700 Royal Street). In addition, the business serviced overnight guests in the third-floor suites operated by Patty. Shortly, thereafter Patty had another change later in life when she attended the University of New Orleans to obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French in the mid-1990’s which lead her to soon accept a position as a French Teacher at Louise McGhee School where she taught until her departure in 2000. In 2001, Patty opened her owned licensed Bed & Breakfast in the Faubourg Marigny on Chartres Street near Frenchman (2114-2116 Chartres Street). She owned and operated The Bijou Bed & Breakfast (The English translation of “Bijou” is “Jewel Box”). Patty designed and decorated the three-bedroom suites herself – cooking delectable breakfast meals based on her own recipes. The bed and breakfast operations were interrupted in 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. It was right after Hurricane Katrina that Patty was diagnosed with breast cancer but she was successfully treated and recovered to lease space to boarders for a short time after Hurricane Katrina as part of the Road Home Program. As tourism returned to the city, Post-Katrina, Patty continued to operate The Bijou until 2008 when she was able to live her long-desired dream of becoming a resident of Paris. In the fall of 2008, she moved to the historic Marais District where she resided on Rue Roger Verlomme vowing never to return to her home city of New Orleans. Unfortunately, due to growing health reasons, with the assistance of her husband, Tony, on August 31, 2018, she returned with her little dig, a Parisian born Bichon Frise named Mijo.
Prior to Patty’s moving to Paris in 2008, in addition to travel in the United States, Patty and Tony traveled frequently to foreign lands, England, Scotland, France, Belgium and Italy. But Patty was a true Francophile and decided that Paris would be her home. On one trip to the South of France, because of her most idolized author, M.F. K. Fisher, Patty insisted that they stay at The Grand Hotel Beauvau in Marseille, France overlooking the Vieux Port where legendary author, M.F. K. Fisher was once a longtime resident along with other writers and musicians of the day. Patty had a very unique perspective on these things and every moment spent with her was truly special because of that.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Earlleen D’Avy (a native of Opelousas, Louisiana) and James Bond (native of Pontotoc, Mississippi), her elder sister, Sharon Bond Brachet, and
her elder brother, James Bond, Jr. Patty is survived by Tony, along with her aunt, Jackie D’Avy (residing in Cave City, Kentucky), her brother, Richard P. Bond (residing in New Orleans), her sister, Jaquelyn Bond Parchman (residing in Austin, Texas), her niece, Oreana Brachet (residing in Guadalajara, Mexico), and grandnieces, Ana Brachet and Paula Brachet (both residing in Guadalajara, Mexico).
Patty has been cremated, as was her wish, and where she now resides at The Bunnies’ Bourbon Street home on the in-home St. Joseph Altar. At some time later to come, we will celebrate Patty’s life at the Bourbon Street home. In lieu of the usual remembrances, you may donate to The Mystic Krewe of Barkus www.barkus.org or The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) www.theaftd.org.
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