Patricia Ann McGee of Winthrop passed away peacefully on February 24th at the age of 94. Born in Somerville, MA and educated at St Mary’s High School she moved to Point Shirley in Winthrop after World War II with her parents, Charles and Helen Beattie and her 5 siblings. She always loved living on “The Point” and resided there for the next 80 years.
Pat was the devoted wife to the late Arthur J McGee and sister to Norma Gobiel (and her late husband Jim), Brenda Bertino (and her husband Joe), the late Gina Cerulli (and her late husband Fred), and the late Charles Beattie all from Winthrop and Joan Pitts of California.
Her beloved children; Paul McGee and his partner Rosemary MacDonald of Winthrop, Trisha McGee Diaz and her partner Paul O'Sullivan of Winthrop, Kevin McGee and his wife Joanne of Derry, NH and John McGee and his wife Joan Durkee of Newton survive her.
She was the grandmother to Marissa Eruzione (and her husband Paul), Robert "Bo" Diaz, Michael Diaz of Winthrop, Max McGee and his partner Molly Ann of Middletown, CT and Caitlin McGee (and her husband Patrick Woodall) of Los Angeles, CA.
She became a recent great grandmother to Juniper McGee Woodall of Los Angeles.
Pat had numerous interests and professions in her long life. She was a local real estate broker for 40 years in Winthrop, a church soloist at the Holy Rosary Church in Point Shirley and a long time board member of the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. Pat was a dedicated Winthrop Playmakers Theatre member for 60 years as president, director, producer of numerous musical review fundraisers, and performer. Her lovely soprano voice was heard in many successful productions and favorite roles were Marion in “The Music Man”, Fiona in “Brigadoon” and Guinevere in “Camelot”. She took enormous pleasure every summer leading the Point Shirley 4th of July parade and kicked off the day's festivities by singing the Star Spangled Banner.
Coach Pat McGee began her career first as a volunteer and next as an assistant track coach at WHS in 1974. When the head-coaching position became available in 1981 she proudly landed the job coaching boys cross-country, indoor and spring track, making her the first woman in Massachusetts to coach a boy’s high school team. She encouraged all students to join her teams, asking only for a positive attitude and hard work both on the track and in the classroom.
Named Coach of the Year nine times in 36 years, she won 14 NEC championships, 14 conference championships, 5 class D state relay championships, and 3 state track championships. She is a member of the Winthrop High School Hall of Fame, received Winthrop Chamber of Commerce service awards and was one of the first women to be inducted into the Massachusetts Track Coach Hall of Fame. In recognition of her accomplishments the new track at WHS was named the Patricia “Pat” McGee Track in her honor.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the funeral home on Thursday March 2, 2023 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. The funeral will be conducted on Friday, March 3, 2023 from the funeral home at 9:00 am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10:00 am. Services will conclude with the internment in the Cross St. section of Winthrop Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Viking Pride Foundation at www.vikingpride.org or to Winthrop Charities at www.winthropcharities.org. in her name.
Patricia’s spirit will live on through the memories she created with her family, friends, community and the student athletes she supported all her life.
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