Patrice A.'s Story
Patrice Grande, 63, of Rockport, passed away at her home on October 9, 2017, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Patrice attended Everett and Medford public schools. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Education from Northeastern University, a Masters of Special Education degree from Fitchburg State College, and a Masters of Special Education degree from U Mass Boston.
Patrice was a special educator during her career, which spanned 38 years. She first taught at the Lakeside School in Peabody. She later worked as a teacher in the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative, teaching high school special needs students at Methuen High School. She subsequently was employed by the Northshore Education Consortium, where she initially worked assessing students vocationally and placing them in various work settings. While still at NEC, she was cofounder of the Embark Program, and sole founder of the SOAR Program, both of which provide academic, community, and vocational education to special education students. Patrice retired in 2013. She loved her work, and provided innumerable opportunities and guidance to hundreds of students.
In addition to her teaching career, Patrice worked for many years as a waitress at the Rudder and Studio restaurants on Rocky Neck in Gloucester during the summer vacations.
Patrice loved boating, cooking, and entertaining. She was an outgoing, generous, kind, and fun-loving person. She was a wonderful hostess, well known for her ability to entertain flawlessly, whether on her boat or in her home. She will be sorely missed.
Patrice was the daughter of the late Patrick and Madeline Grande. She is survived by her brother, Paul Grande, and sister-in-law, Lucia of Rockland. She is also survived by many cousins, close friend, Janis Collamore of Rockport, numerous other friends, and her beloved cats, Sarah and Misty.
In honoring with Patrice’s requests, there will be no service. A celebration of her life will be planned for a later date. Donation’s in Patrice’s name may be made to the Northshore Education Consortium Transitions Program, 112 Sohier Road, Beverly, MA 01915 and Thatcher Island Association, c/o Paul St. Germain, 74 Marmion Way, Rockport, MA 01966. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
The Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published on  October 18, 2017