Patricia Ann McGee
She Had Many Talents and Interests in Her Long Life
Patricia Ann McGee of Winthrop passed away peacefully on February 24th at the age of 94. Born in Somerville and educated at St Maryâ€™s High School, she moved to Point Shirley in Winthrop after World War II with her parents, Charles and Helen Beattie and her five siblings. She always loved living on â€œThe Pointâ€ 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 Oâ€™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 â€œBoâ€ 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 a performer. Her lovely soprano voice was heard in many successful productions and favorite roles were Marion in â€œThe Music Man,â€ Fiona in â€œBrigadoonâ€ and Guinevere in â€œCamelot.â€ She took enormous pleasure every summer leading the Point Shirley 4th of July parade and kicked off the dayâ€™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 boyâ€™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 â€œPatâ€ McGee Track in her honor.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-Oâ€™Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday March 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted on Friday, March 3 from the funeral home at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. 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.
Patriciaâ€™s spirit will live on through the memories she created with her family, friends, community and the student athletes she supported all her life.
Michael Angelo Conti
He Had a Tremendous Work Ethic and Was Incredibly Likable
Michael Angelo Conti, 70, of Winthrop, passed away on February 26 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Mike was born on January 20, 1953 to Mildred and Frank Conti in Boston. After graduating from Winthrop High School in 1971 where he was affectionately known as â€œHubbyâ€ by his classmates, Mike went on to Mass Maritime before entering the workforce.
Mike had a tremendous work ethic and was incredibly likable. His smile was infectious. He was an entrepreneur who owned his own liquor store and car detailing business. Mike was loyal and honest.
He believed that being nice was easy, so why be anything else?
Mike loved bringing his family and friends together through boating and trips to Cape Cod, creating a lifetime of memories. Mike was the life of the party and a light in the lives of those around him. He was a lifetime member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and Winthrop Lodge of Elks.
Mike is survived by his wife, Ellen (Streeter) Conti, his daughter, Andrea (Conti) Schwartz, her husband, Scott, and their son, Cole â€” as well as his son, Michael Angelo Jr. and his wife, Brittany. A true family man, Mikeâ€™s memory lives on with his brothers-in-law, Greg, Kenny and Michael Streeter, their families, and his many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by his parents-in-law, Betty and Irv Streeter, as well as his siblings: Agatha Schultz, Charles Conti, Rose MacDonald and Frank Conti.
Visiting hours will be held in St. Michael the Archangel Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church) 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, March 4 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass beginning at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be private.
At the familyâ€™s request, please omit flowers. If you wish to make a donation in Mikeâ€™s memory, please consider St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital (stjude.org) or Kaplan Family Hospice House (caredimensions.org/support-our-mission).
Funeral arrangements from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. To sign Michaelâ€™s guestbook, please visit:â€‹ www.mauricekirbyfh.comâ€‹.