Shrewsbury – Pat Borbone might be remembered as a true Renaissance woman. A woman of many talents she was gifted in all the arts…fine art, painting and drawing, music and a talented quilter. With a project always at hand she was able to tend to electrical issues or other household projects. Upon the death of her much loved husband, Vin, she drove her 2002 Corvette across the country alone and then back to her native Shrewsbury. She raced her prized Corvette in Louden, N.H. in 2013 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and took up piano in 2012 and would practice for hours on end each day on a gift given to herself….her Steinway. “Life isn’t’ defined by the number of breaths we take but rather by the number of moments that take our breath away.” Pat breathed her last Thursday, July 14, 2016 in Rose Monahan Hospice Residence after a valiant battle with brain cancer. She was 75.
Patricia L. Molinari was born Oct. 8, 1940, a daughter of the late Italian immigrants Roland “Red” and Mary (Conti) Molinari. Raised and educated in Worcester, she was a graduate of the former Commerce High School and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. She remained a strong advocate for education for her family.
Pat began work in the kitchen design department as commercial artist for Sawyer’s in Worcester. She provided full color sketches and elevations of proposed projects. She was a valuable aid in closing sales by dramatizing work-saving ideas and designing.
She married Vincent L. Borbone in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church May 25, 1963. She later worked as an independent tax consultant from her home for many years. Vin died May 17, 2012 and while life changed…it didn’t end. She learned to live life independently and finally took time to tackle the many things on her bucket list. Her lifelong passion for the arts and music continued and she always had a keen interest in history.
She loved her homes in Shrewsbury and at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. She entertained many family and friends with an afternoon tea and conversation. For many of Italian heritage, one of richest of traditions is Christmas Eve, and Pat loved nothing more than her house filled with family and friends. Her tables were set with thought and precision and her cooking…unmatched. It was an enjoyable and memorable holiday for all those gathered in her home. She will be very much missed.
In addition to her husband, Vin, and her parents she is predeceased by her only sister, Carol Laraia.
In the end what matter most to Pat was her family, but this was the case for her 75 years. She leaves her children, Vincent Borbone and his wife Samantha of Hampstead, N.H. and Myra Suraci and her husband Stephen of Newton, N.H.; her grandchildren, Nicola and Anthony Borbone and Natalia and Edward Suraci; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Pat’s life by gathering for calling hours Monday, July 18, from 5-8 p.m., at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center. Her funeral service will be celebrated Tuesday, July 19, at 11 a.m., in the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery of Worcester.
Memorials in her name may be made to First Congregational Church, Arts on the Green, in c/o Malcolm Halliday, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.