Portrush Run, Estero, FL – Patricia A. (Mackin) Newsham, ‘Pat’, 89, of Portrush Run, Estero, FL, formerly of Narragansett, RI, Shrewsbury, MA, and South Weymouth, MA, died on December 29, 2022, after a brief illness. In her final days, she was surrounded by her caring and heartbroken children. Pat was the devoted wife of the late John, “Jack,” Newsham for nearly 50 years.
Pat was born in Bronx, NY on October 5, 1933. She was 1 of 14 children who grew up in Providence, RI. She had 8 children; 32 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late John J. and Margaret (Whelpley) Mackin. Pat was the loving mother of Diane (Timothy) Baum of Scarborough, ME; Elizabeth Newsham of Narragansett, RI; AnnMarie (Edmund) Zaborski of East Greenwich, RI; Stephen (Cynthia) Newsham of Fitchburg, MA; Peter (Krystyna) Newsham, of Woodbridge VA; Patricia (Mark) Garufi of Milton, MA; Christine (Thomas) Patricca of Estero, FL; and Paul (Sarah) Newsham of Paxton, MA.
She was the adored grandmother (‘Gida’) of Michael (Allison), Brian (Cassie), Matthew (Abigail), and Kristen Baum; Christina, Eric, and Joshua (Melissa) Peterson; Victoria (Drew) Finneran, Kevin (Tyler), John (Hilary), and Nathanial Patterson and Cassandra Zaborski; Katherine, Paige, Margaret, and John Newsham and Meghan and Sean Doyle; Danielle and Nicholas Newsham and Michaela and Joshua Maher; Alexandria (John) Salo, Ericka (Eric) McKee, and Emily Garufi; Patti, Jack, and Thomas Patricca and Grady Bonin; and Jacob and Zachary Newsham and Morgan George.
Pat was also the cherished great-grandmother of Miley and Parker Baum; Charley Baum; Emily and Allison Byrne; Brooke, Zoey, and Quinn Peterson; Gracen, Tristan, Stella, and Dorian Finneran; Jackson, Blake, Benjamin, Kellen, and Maeve Patterson; Owen Patterson; Joseph Newsham; and Levi Salo.
Pat was the devoted sister of Joan (Robert) Allen of Cape Elizabeth, ME; Lee (Robert) Lorimer of Richmond, RI; the late Charles (Sandra) Mackin of East Longmeadow, MA; the late Richard (Shirley) Mackin of Austin, TX; the late Peter Mackin of Cataumet MA; the late Margaret (David) Harrington of Narragansett, RI; Ann Mackin of North Providence RI; the late Jeanne (James) Harrington of North Kingston, RI; the late Barbara (Kenneth) Fraielli of Providence, RI; Mary Arey of North Providence, RI; Kathleen (Richard) Sullivan of North Providence, RI; Jack (Dana) Mackin of Lincoln, RI ; and Eileen (Edward) Calcagni of North Providence, RI. Pat was the amiable and faithful sister-in-law of Phyllis (James) McBride of Estero, FL and Patricia (James) Davis of Lake Girard, NJ. She was a loyal sister-in-law, aunt, and friend to an unfathomably large group of people.
Pat was a parishioner and communicant at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Estero, FL and a communicant at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Narragansett, RI. She graduated from David Hale Fanning School of Nursing, earning her LPN. Pat was an avid card player and a huge fan of her beloved New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins. She had a sharp wit and a tremendous sense of humor that was recognized and celebrated by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Above all, Pat was truly a matriarch to her behemoth family in that she maintained a special relationship with each and every one of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, so much so that they often jostled for the position of being Pat’s “favorite.” Her family was her purpose in life, and it will be her greatest legacy.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Avery Storti Funeral Home, 88 Columbia St, Wakefield, RI 02879. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 864 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882. Burial will follow at Rhode Island Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 301 S County Trail, Exeter, RI 02822.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Pat’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Or, donations can be made online at https://www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.html.