Patricia Ann (Adams)'s Story
Patricia Ann (Adams) Jacobus, 89, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester. She lived there a short time and was very appreciative of the care she received. She and her family had great fondness for the staff of the facility.
Patricia was born on St. Patrick’s Day, 1927, in Newport, R.I. to the late Charles E. and Adelaide (Baker) Adams. The family resided in Newport at the time of her birth while her father was stationed there serving in the U.S. Navy. The family returned to Gloucester shortly after her birth. Patricia grew up in Gloucester and graduated from Gloucester High School in 1945. She was a member of the girl’s rifle team, as well as the Victory Corps. She was a sergeant in the GHS girl’s drill team, an experience she remembered fondly throughout her life.
Patricia worked many years for New England telephone company. She began work as an operator on an old-fashioned switchboard. She then moved to Miami, Fla., in 1962, where she continued her career in telecommunications with the Southern Bell Telephone Company. She was promoted to Group Chief Operator, in which capacity she remained until her retirement in 1982. She returned to Gloucester a few years later.
She was well known for her wit and lively personality. She brought many laughs to her family, often times without meaning to. She loved cooking and baking for her family. Patricia was a big fan of Englebert Humperdinck, Celtic Thunder and KISS singer Gene Simmons, and believed she was Simmons' oldest fan.
She was also an avid candlepin bowler. In 1960, she began the Women’s Bowling League with Barb Patil, and later was a member of the Women’s Pro team at the Cape Ann Bowling Alley.
Patricia loved her trips to Las Vegas. In later years, she enjoyed bingo, weekly card nights with friends, and trips to Foxwoods. For a time, she served as the Treasurer for the Lincoln Park Tenant Organization.
She is survived by her four children, Laura J. Risoli and her longtime companion, John H. Kinsman, John J. Cooney, Jr. and his wife, Carol (Parisi), Pamela Cooney, Scott D. Jacobus and his longtime companion, Alexis Smith, all of Gloucester; four grandchildren, Gina (Risoli) Smith, and James P. Smith, parents of three of her great-grandchildren, Ryan-Michael Smith, Evan Smith and Avery Smith; Lauren Jacobus of Gloucester; Frank N. Risoli of Charlotte, N.C., and Michelle Erwin and husband, Jim of Minnesota and their children, Angel, Tyler, Randy and Aaron Erwin; two great-great grandchildren, Layla and Allana Erwin; lifelong friends, Gaye and Leland Lane of Gloucester, Lillian Campbell of Jacksonville, Fla., and the late Barb Patil, of Hollywood, Fla.; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Patricia was predeceased by her parents and six siblings, Marjorie E. and husband, Carlos Godinho, Sr., Robert B. Adams, Jean B. and husband, Harold K. Williams, and Charles ‘Eddie’ Adams Jr., all of Gloucester; Dorothy J. and husband, Earl Barnes of Spring Hill, Fla.; Geraldine M. and Donald Davis of Sunrise, Fla. She was also predeceased by her husbands, Wilfred S. Tappen of Athens, N.Y., John Cooney, Sr. of Gloucester, and Louis Jacobus of Miami, Fla.
At her request, a private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA. 01930. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester.
Published on  July 23, 2016