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GLOUCESTER: Patricia G. (Galvin) DeSimone, 78, of Gloucester, wife of the late Salvatore E. DeSimone, passed away on the evening of October 29, 2015, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Mass., with her loving family at her side. Patricia was born on August 24, 1937, in Boston, Mass. The daughter of the late Major General Michael J. and Eleanor (Stevens) Galvin, she grew up and watched her father rise to the rank of General in the U.S. Army. The Galvin Memorial Park in Cambridge, Mass., was named after him. A statue of his likeness was erected there in 1998. Patricia absolutely adored her grandchildren and spent as much time with them as she possibly could. Singing Beach and Good Harbor Beach were her favorite areas to spend some quiet time in the summer. She had a passion for reading a little bit of everything, and when she became legally blind she would listen to talking books and television news programs to keep her updated and involved with the world. She will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her son, Stefan DeSimone; and her three grandchildren, Jessica, Peter and Cassandra DeSimone, all of Gloucester; three sisters, Gail Casaday and her husband, Joe of Florida, Noreen Dunn and her husband, George of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Priscilla Watkins and her late husband, Bill; and very close family friends, Jim Connelly and Cliff McKillop (thank you, Cliff, for all your help and friendship over the years). She was predeceased by her brother, Michael Galvin.

In keeping with Patricia’s wishes there are no visiting hours or services. Her burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to The Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins Trust, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472, or call 617-972-7651. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 2, 2015
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