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Patricia Marie (Blanchet) Roix, 72, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2020 after living to hear Vice-President elect Kamala Harris' victory speech.

Pat grew up in Southbridge, MA, daughter of Louis and Marcelle (Toulmond) Blanchet. She spent her childhood surrounded by a loving family, especially her five brothers: Peter, Louis, Michael, Joseph, and Paul. Her mother was a french-speaking immigrant from Belgium, her father was an American-born WWII veteran from a French Canadian immigrant family. As a result of her education in Southbridge, MA, and her close relationship to her Belgian relatives, she maintained a fluency in French throughout her life. Pat graduated from Marianhill Central Catholic High School in 1966 and went on to attend Framingham State College, graduating with a teaching degree in 1970.

She married the love of her life, George, in 1972 and together they raised three sons. Pat taught elementary school, alongside George, for a couple of years in the Southwest, where George attended graduate school. Following the birth of their first son, they returned "home" to Central Massachusetts.

Not long after arriving in Athol, Pat took a part-time job teaching swimming lessons at the Athol Area YMCA. Some 30 years later, she retired from the Y, having been the full-time fitness director for much of her tenure. She was instrumental in modernizing the fitness facilities at the Y and was beloved by staff and members alike. After her retirement from the YMCA, Pat continued her lifelong passion for serving others through health and fitness by becoming a certified Wellness Coach and teaching yoga.

Pat loved the outdoors, hiking, swimming, canoeing, and running. She enjoyed competing and organizing local races. She organized many of the early Athol YMCA road races in the 80's and 90's. She also enjoyed competitive canoeing, highlighted by years in the canoe with her good friend, the late Dorothy "Dottie" Fisk of Royalston, in an all female triathlon team that placed in numerous bike/run/paddle triathlons throughout New England. As a runner, she successfully completed the famous Mt Washington Auto Road race, a feat of endurance that most impressed her husband and children at the time!

She and George were long-time parishioners of Our Lady Immaculate Church on School Street in Athol.

Pat was a champion for the environment, peace, and equity, and inspired many to join her. She loved her adopted hometown of Athol, both the landscape and the people. She served on the School Committee for several years in the 90s. More recently, she served on the town energy committee, looking for ways to adopt more climate friendly energy generation and conservation policy. In later years she enjoyed participating in community cleanups with her husband George and friends new and old, as well as general political rabble-rousing involving plastic bag bans and other environmental issues.

She loved spending time with family and friends at the Camp in Woodstock, CT. She especially loved being surrounded by her four grandchildren. Pat loved with a passion. It was palpable. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 48 years, George, for whom she cared for the past 10 years while he struggled with Alzheimer's. She also leaves three sons and daughter-in-laws, Steven and Julie, John and Robyn, and Daniel and Clair; four grandchildren, Aiden, Troy, Amelia, and Henry; as well as her five brothers and their families, beloved sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws in the Roix family, nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins in the US and Belgium. She will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Athol Area YMCA or Valuing Our Children in Athol, MA.

The family plans a memorial service for summer of 2021 when they hope it will be safer to bring together all those that wish to celebrate Pat's life.

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Published in Athol Daily News on Nov. 12, 2020.
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November 18, 2020
Pat was a member of our small monthly coach buddy group for the past several years. We had all studied to be wellness coaches with Wellcoaches together. We were reminiscing today about her deep presence, her keen ability to listen, her intelligent observations. As a coach, I can only dream of being as right on as her. I know she loved helping to train future wellness coaches. Her talent and friendship will be very missed. I'm happy to know she got to hear Kamala Harris' victory speech! And we all appreciated reading more about her here. What a special light and soul. My condolences to you all.
Lea Gracer
November 17, 2020
Pat was an amazing woman. I knew her most as a proud, committed fellow "rabble-rouser." Her family, friends, and the rabble-rousing community of North Quabbin will miss her terribly. My deepest condolences.
Genevieve C Fraser
November 16, 2020
Pat helped me get my Flying Fish badge when I was 16. I will never forget her!
Michelle M Gallien
November 16, 2020
I only knew Pat for a short time but found her to be an amazing woman. Worked on many volunteer projects together: Green Clean Athol, Athol Bird & Nature,the Annual Senior Picnic at Silver Lake. Especially enjoyed watching George dance with the love of his life at that picnic. An awesome asset to our community, she will be missed immensely.
Marie Lalena
November 15, 2020
What a wonderful lady! I started in the pool with Pat Roix when I was knee high to a toad school and ended with Pat overseeing me as a young adult working as a life guard.

Having grown and lived in many places, I now know that a haven like the Athol YMCA does not exist everywhere. A place where people like Dottie Fisk and Pat Roix could be surrogate parents, teachers, role models, leaders and friends to hundreds of children.

Pat Roix was a treasure to this world who may never know how many people she influenced.

In love-
Lesley (Shulenburg) Healy
Lesley (Shulenburg) Healy
November 14, 2020
So sad to hear of Pat's passing - such a wonderful person and family. With children in the same class (my daughter, Becky Dabkowski Marcinkevich) and her son, John, their were many interactions in addition to church activities, so had the chance to see how wonderful she and George were as parents and just genuinely nice people. My sincerest condolences to all the family.
Sharon Morse
November 14, 2020
I was deeply grieved on learning of Pat's passing. When my late wife Jean McNally and I moved to Athol, Pat and George embraced and welcomed us into our new parish family. Jean and Pat were both YMCA staffers, one in Greenfield the other in Athol. My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to George and their three sons and families.
Raymond Ovila Dufort
November 14, 2020
I am saddened to learn of Pat’s death. She was always a shining light, and will be missed and remembered.
Sally Howe
November 13, 2020
I'm so saddened to hear of Pat's passing. She always had such a beautiful warmth and kindness to her. Pat loved teaching children to swim. I learned how to teach them by following her lead. Her positive energy was infectious. She and George also helped out on the Big Cheese 5K. Heather Brissette and I really appreciated their assistance and support. I hope that Pat and her friend Dottie Fisk are exercising and enjoying nature together. Both such lovely women who made a difference in *so many* lives. Please know that Pat is remembered and will be deeply missed. My condolences to her family and to everyone who knew and loved her.
Susan Black Allen
November 13, 2020
Pat was for many years one of the most outstanding positive and caring people in the North Quabbin Region. She will be missed. Thanks for this excellent photo and obituary. My thoughts are with her family in a time of loss and sorrow.
Allen Young
November 13, 2020
The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni extends its condolences to Pat's family and friends. She was a valued member of our alumni family and will be especially missed by her friends in the class of 1970.
Francesca Cerutti-Harris
November 13, 2020
So many of my fond memories of growing up involve the YMCA and the always-kind and smiling Pat Roix. I especially appreciated the gracious way she let my sister and me join a step-aerobics class when our coordination may have suggested it’d be better not to. My sincere condolences go to her family and the entire community.
Jane Gagliardi
November 12, 2020
We were so very close throughout high school, and even though distance and raising children and just life kept us from remaining in contact we will always be friends and share the same memories and stories from formative years. I’m certain we’ll make up for lost time on the other side, Pat. I will miss you and send my love to George, your boys, and all the Blanchet family whom I love. Rest easy my friend.
Christine Milner
November 12, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. So sorry to hear about Pat. She was a wonderful special lady who was always smiling and kind to everyone
Laurie Fisher
November 12, 2020
Despite the distance, our heart is with you in these difficult times, Pat has always been a strong link between us lost in Europe and our cousins in America.
Whenever we have had the chance to visit your area, we have always felt particularly welcomed not only by Pat but the whole family and always felt like at home. We very much appreciate your exceptional and wonderful family spirit to which Pat has greatly contibuted
Jeanine, Michel, Celine, Caroline et Julien
Jeanine et michel Cassart-Dauvin et enfants
November 12, 2020
A beautiful obituary! She really did love life and all of you. She will be missed by many.
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