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CONLEY, Patricia F. Of Hyde Park died peacefully at home on August 6th after a battle with lung cancer. Patricia was the daughter of Francis "Red" Jackson and Edith "Edie" Amuzzini Jackson of Hyde Park. Pat was born on May 11, 1936 in Boston and graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1954. Pat was close to her only sister Linda Adams and loved to participate in sports, and attend Boston Braves baseball games with her uncles and father. Upon graduating from high school Pat began working for the Boston Juvenile Court for Chief Probation Officer Louis Maglio who thanked Pat for many wonderful years in helping troubled youth before the Boston Juvenile Court. In 1962 Pat married her loving husband Robert M. Conley and they remained married for 48 great years until Bob's death, raising 3 children Michael L. Conley, Robert F. Conley and Dale M. Conley. Patricia was a devoted mother and wife who sacrificed greatly for her family as she was the primary caregiver for her loving daughter Dale and husband Bob during their battles with illness. After attending ceramics and arts classes in the early 1970's Pat became interested in ceramics and soon opened Pat's Place Ceramics from her home in Hyde Park. Soon she purchased a 2-story building at 81 Fairmount Ave. to run her very successful and expanding ceramics retail and teaching business. After a great run as a small business owner, she sold Pat's Place Ceramics and began to explore fitness activities, specifically running. Starting in 1985, Pat entered and won her age group at many local road races as the fitness and running bugs had bitten her. From 1988 to 2008 she worked as a Physical Fitness Instructor at the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, MA. Pat loved working at the Y, especially with senior citizens and special needs children, and committed time to helping others less fortunate than she was. Pat developed close relationships with many of her coworkers and clients at the Y, including Tammy, a young girl with Huntington's Disease, and twins Matt and Melissa who were born with Cystic Fibrosis. With her typical grace and compassion, she developed a loving relationship with those children and made a major positive difference in their lives and the lives of their families. Despite her trips back and forth between Boston and Sarasota, FL and the time off required to care for her daughter and husband when sick, Pat was always welcomed back and loved her work at the West Suburban YMCA. After Dale's death, she also developed a passion for gardening and a single visit to the yard at her home in Hyde Park tells the whole story. Around 1980, Pat and Bob adopted Sarasota as their second home and began to split time between Florida and Massachusetts. She loved Sarasota for many reasons including the beautiful beaches, the arts community, her husband's need for warm weather and for all of the close relationships she developed in Sarasota. She will be dearly missed by her many friends and family including her sister and confidant Linda Adams, her nieces Jody, Karen and Tracy, her aunt Margaret Dunn, her loving cousins, her sons Michael and Robert, and her 9 grandchildren Natalie, Lindsey, Patrick, Sean, Anson, Presley, Bridget, Ailish and Owen. Visiting hours will be held at Laughlin, Nichols and Pennacchio Funeral Home, 34 Oak St., HYDE PARK, Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a Funeral Service in celebration of Pat's life at 7:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Expressions of symapthy can be made in Pat's memory to Old Colony Hospice, 247 North Main St., Suite 400, Randolph, MA 02368. (Doorman parking). Laughlin, Nichols & Pennacchio F.H. Hyde Park 617-361-2410

Published in The Boston Globe from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2012
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