Patricia Doherty – Cumberland

Patricia Doherty – Cumberland

Patricia (Heaney) Doherty, age 81, a resident of Avita in Needham, Mass., died on March 27, 2017, following a period of declining health. She was born February 27, 1936, in Pawtucket, R.I., and formerly a resident of Cumberland, R.I., Narragansett, R.I. and Naples, Fla.

She leaves her children, Kathleen Doherty of Lincoln, R.I.; Ann Doherty Egan and her husband, Christopher, of Brookline, Mass.; and Phil Doherty and his wife, Siobhan, of Dover, Mass. She also leaves behind four beloved grandchildren, Grace, Vanessa, Coleman and Paige. She was predeceased by her brother, David Heaney, and parents, Theodore and Margaret Heaney.

Patricia attended Rhode Island College and upon graduation worked as an elementary teacher for 30 years at Community School in Cumberland, R.I. Upon retirement, she continued her commitment to education as a substitute teacher and tutor in Naples, Fla., where she was an active organizer of the annual Scholar Bowl and leader in the American Associate of University Women (AAUW). She was an active alumnae of both Pawtucket East High, Class of 1953, and Rhode Island College, Class of 1957.

In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling to Ireland, London, Greece, Italy and Canada as well as being active in art, bridge club, mahjong, book club and water aerobics. She was a supporter of the arts as an usher at Theater-by-the-Sea in R.I. and Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Fla. She was also an active member of St. Mary’s by the Sea in Narragansett, R.I. and St. Leo’s in Naples, Fa.

Her funeral will be held from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St., (Rt 16) Wellesley, Mass., on Friday, Mar. 31 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in Most Precious Blood Church, Dover, Mass., at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visitation will be held prior to Mass in the funeral home from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland, R.I., Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patricia's memory to the Alzheimer's Association at PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090 or alz.org.