Bridget Theresa Cusack (née Kinney) passed away peacefully in her home on September 19, 2021. A daughter of Irish immigrants Ann and James Kinney, Bridget grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. She graduated from St. Luke's High School and the College of Mount St. Vincent. Bridget, a longtime resident of New York City and Darien, Connecticut, loved to travel, especially to the South of France.
Bridget is survived by her husband, Bob; they married 52 years ago on April 26, 1969.
Bridget was a remarkable woman in so many ways. She taught the deaf for more than 20 years in New York City and vigorously fought for the rights of deaf students.
Along with her husband, Bridget directed and acted in countless plays in Manhattan and Connecticut. She led the first New York City production interpreted into sign language in association with the Eugene O'Neill Foundation for the Deaf. Bridget was an accomplished playwright and an award-winning painter. Never one to rest on her laurels, after her retirement from teaching, she graduated from Pace University Law School and devoted her practice to defending victims of predatory lending pro bono.
Bridget enjoyed reading at the beach, learning new languages, and creating works of art in many forms.
Bridget is survived by her three sons: Brendan, Kieran and Bobby, his wife Joyce, and grandchildren Kyle, Caroline and Lauren; and her sisters Ann and Kathleen. Bridget is predeceased by her brothers, James Kinney, Jr. and John Kinney, Sr.
Visitation will be on Thursday, September 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home at 109 Darlington Avenue in Ramsey, New Jersey. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul R.C. Church at 200 Wyckoff Avenue in Ramsey, New Jersey. The mass will be live streamed on the website of St. Paul R.C. Church at this link https://www.facebook.com/stpaulrcchurch/live
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bridget's memory and in celebration of her life and work on behalf of the deaf may be made to the New York Deaf Theatre at newyorkdeaftheatre.org.
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