Patricia A. (McCann) Tevyaw, 81, of Warwick, died peacefully on September 26, 2012 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, in the company of her loving family.
Born in Providence February 5, 1931, to John and Veronica (Malone) McCann, Patricia graduated from St. Xavier Academy in 1949. Pat enjoyed social gatherings with friends in the Gaspee Seniors Club as well as the occasional guilty pleasure of an outing to the casino slot machines with her sister Gerry and their late cousin Anne. For many years, she participated with the Saint Peter’s Monday night ladies’ bowling league and exercised her civic duty by volunteering at the election polls. A devoted parishioner of St. Peter’s for 48 years, Pat maintained lasting relationships with dear friends in the community. Her Catholic values inspired the way she lived each day, and she liked to pray the rosary regularly. At home, Pat enjoyed cooking and baking every day, was an avid reader and a fan of the Sunday crossword puzzle and “Jeopardy”. She was never happier than when surrounded by family, including her own children, their many spouses, partners, generations of kids, and the vast clans of Tevyaw and McCann. Pat was a kind, thoughtful and humble lady who always placed others ahead of herself. She will be sadly missed by so many whose lives she touched.
She married the late Robert J. Tevyaw in 1954. Ever composed, with profound inner strength, Pat managed a household of 13 and was a loving mother and role model to eight daughters and three sons. She was “Mom” to Susan DaCruz of Warwick, Robert Jr. of Providence, Kathleen Tevyaw of Rumford, Nancy Fisher of Rehoboth, Maureen Stenberg and Anne Geary, both of Warwick, Arlene Tevyaw of North Attleboro, Denise Alkins of East Greenwich, Timothy Tevyaw of Lakewood, Illinois, Theresa Murphy of South Kingstown, and Joseph Tevyaw of Cranston. Pat was also “Gram” or “Grandma Tev” and frequently called upon in that capacity as a reliable (and experienced) babysitter. She leaves 17 grandsons, 10 granddaughters; one great-grandson and three great-granddaughters. She took special delight in their company, never missed a birthday and cheered them on at countless ball games and other activities year-round. She was the beloved sister of Mary Geraldine Fitzpatrick, James, Frank, and the late John (Bud) McCann.
Her funeral was held on Saturday, September 29, from the Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Peter Church, 350 Fair Street, Warwick. Burial was in the Rhode Island Veterans’ Cemetery, Exeter.
Donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (www.jdrf.org).