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Patricia Ann (Sweeney) Whitford

October 30, 1953 ~ May 6, 2021 (age 67)

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Patricia Ann (Sweeney) Whitford age 67, of Ware, MA.  Born in Cambridge, gave up the fight on May 6, 2021 at Baystate Wing Hospital with her husband by her side.  She leaves her husband, Henry of Ware, several brothers and sisters in Massachusetts, Maine and Florida, as well as nieces, nephews and friends that were family, along with friends. Patricia, also called Pat, Patti, Patty Cakes and Trish.  She believed in hard work & never ever taking a short cut.  She wouldn't ask anybody to do anything that she wouldn't do herself.  Patti enjoyed gardening and flowers, she had a green thumb, loved the ocean and taking cruises.  But most of all loved helping people and protecting women, children and animals.  She always put others first and never looked for credit for it.  Patti loved cooking and baking for the whole neighborhood and family wherever she was.  She lived in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Virginia, Florida and many other places.  She was an M&M hard on the outside and soft in the middle.  Patti was an old soul and I believe her Totem is a bear (mother bear).  She has had them around her in Massachusetts, Maine and Virginia.  She always tried to see the good in everyone, and wanted everyone to get along.  She wouldn't say bad things about people, she would just say you have to love them with long arms.  You always knew were you stood, she was always straight and to the point when she would say something.  She had a niece would ask her, "Ant Patricia, now tell us how you really feel". In Virginia she was nick named the Hummingbird Whisperer.  Hummingbirds would land on her and stay there.  She loved to go to Music Night, where many of the performers were graduates of the Julliard School.  She especially loved meeting Lucy Goldberg.  Another place she enjoyed going to was the Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Virginia Country Store.  Patti lived a very diverse life style.  She didn't only talk the talk, she walked the walk.  She could go from high heels, dressed to the nines, to wearing a hard hat, working in the trenches.  She was asked to join the MENSA Society.  She was an avid reader.  She had been a Guardian Ad Litem.  She was a foster parent of many.  She dropped out of school, but received her GED and went on.  She was homeless at the age of 13.  Patti was not a quitter, and made the best out of any situation.  She was an amazing special person and touched so many peoples' lives.  She never let on about herself or what she was going through.  She was an angel that walked among us, now she has gone home to get her wings and be with her dog Bella.  She was one of a kind, which they don't make like her anymore.  The world needs more "Patti's" in it, and it would be a better world.  When she was younger she was in a head on car accident, which the car was wrapped around her, they needed the jaws of life to remove her.  While working for a farm, a large machine fell on her and she was in a body cast for over a year.  She beat Thyroid Cancer 14 years ago, she beat a massive brain stem stroke, 6 years ago.  She spent almost a year in and out of the hospital, she had to go for infusions 7 days a week for 3 months.  She never complained, and always had a positive attitude.  She was a Mass Girl from Dorchester, and proud of it.  A few days ago she asked me how do I say goodbye without saying goodbye.  She was my best friend and now is one of my Guardian Angels.  I am honored to have known her for 31 years.  Most do not know her story, and this is only part of it.  She liked Opera, Jazz and Rock and Roll.  She helped start the Fort Myers Drum Circle.  When she was young she would sit on Jimmy Durante's lap and he would sing to her.  She met Mini Pearl, May West, Carmen Miranda, Arthur Fiedler, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ricky Med Locke and many more.  She helped save people in a three story burning building which she was the last one out of the third floor.  She was on the front page of the Record American for running across the field at Fenway, when Tony Conigliaro and Carl Yastrzemski received the Golden Bat in the 60's.  She baby sat the Wahlbergs,  went to Woodstock and Watkins Glen.  She worked at the Falling Angel, Talber House and Ladd School.  She was the first Line Woman in New England for Narragansett Electric.  She also ran bars on the Block Island Ferry, where she met Charlie Daniels and many more.  She was the Executive Director of the Jonny Cake Center.  She must have been inspired by Rosie the Riveter (we can do it).  So long, see you on the other side.  You never know what someone is going through by looking at them, so don't be judgmental.  There will be no service and a private burial will take place.

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