Patricia Lyons Harrington
Patricia Lyons Harrington, a former teacher and music supervisor for the
Boston Public Schools passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019
at her home in Essex,
the age of 106. Formerly of Dorchester and Marshfield, Patricia
spent the last thirty-one years of her life on the North Shore.
Pat was born on September 25, 1913 to Drs. Marie F. Gavin and Joseph V.
Lyons at their home in Roxbury, Massachusetts. She attended Notre Dame
Academy, Girlís Latin School and was accepted to Radcliffe College but
attended Boston Teacherís College where she graduated with a degree in
music and a minor in geography.
Pat worked in Boston as a music teacher for forty-five years at the Mather
and Grover Cleveland schools and was known for putting on the most
spectacular shows and holiday assemblies.
trained and directed the schoolís orchestra and chorus as well as talent
shows, pageants, and safety broadcasts. Pat enjoyed supervising the
Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall. When she was not teaching music, Pat
could be found on the Charles River teaching sailing at Community
Pat was a supporter and subscriber of the BSO for many years. In addition
to her passion for music, she loved world travel and spending time with
family. Trips to the farm at Sharon when she was a young girl with her
immediate and extended families were some of her fondest memories.
She is survived by her nephew George Gavin Lyons and his wife, Ann, whom she
lived with for thirty-one years; their three children, Mary, Katherine,
Patricia and her husband Casey. Other survivors include her three
nieces Veronica Norton and her husband Shane, Patricia Kastli, Marie
Lopresti and her husband John, many great-nieces and great-nephews, Pamela
Harrington Tomkinson and her husband Don. She is pre-deceased by her
brother, US Navy Commander George A Lyons, formerly of Marshfield, sisters-in-law, Elinor
Lyons, Rodolphe Kastli and
husband John Evans Harrington.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on December 14 at 10:00 am at St.
John the Baptist Church, 52 Martin Street, Essex. Arrangements are
under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In
lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in the name of Patricia
Lyons Harrington to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street B-102, Danvers, MA,
01923 where contributions will be directed into a fund that provides
at-home care and services for families.
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