Kathleen L. “Kay” (Cullen) Pattison

May 18, 2018

Kathleen L. “Kay” (Cullen) Pattison

 In Woburn, May 18th. Beloved wife of the late James B. Pattison. Devoted mother of Jeanne C. Pattison and her spouse, Dr. Franca Centorrino of Watertown, Maryellen Schissler and her husband Stephen of Burlington, Shawn H. Pattison of NYC, Brendan J. Pattison of Santa Monica, CA, and the late Robert E. And Christopher J. Pattison. Loving grandmother of Nicholas Moore of Woburn and Danielle, Lauren, and Sarah Schissler of Burlington. Dear sister of  John “Jack” Cullen of FL, and the late Mary Bruno, Jeanne,  Francis “Frank”, Lawrence “Larry”, Anthony “Joe”, Jerome “Jerry” Cullen.  Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, May 25th at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in the Funeral Home, Thursday 4 – 8 p.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 

Kathleen “Kay” (Cullen) Pattison, 83, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully, Friday May 18, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her children.  Her bright eyes, kind and loving ways and laughter will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.  Kay was preceded in death by her loving husband of almost 50 years, James B. Pattison.

Born at Choate Memorial Hospital in Woburn and raised on Campbell Street, Kay was one of eight children of the late Anthony and Mary Ellen (Jones) Cullen.   Growing up in the Great Depression, Kay and her siblings learned the value of a dollar and hard work early, whether berry picking, hunting for bottle returns, or babysitting for families throughout the city.  Later, she graduated from St. Charles High School and worked in the insurance industry in Boston.   

In 1954, she met James Pattison of Burlington and his family of nine siblings, many of whom would become Kay’s life-long friends.  The couple dated and then married two years later at St. Charles Church.  What followed was what Jimmy and Kay both called “an extended honeymoon” as Jimmy’s work took them across the United States. The couple returned to Woburn and in 1958 settled in the city’s South End. The house, overlooking their beloved Horn Pond, would be their home for the remainder of their lives.

Once settled, Kay and Jimmy began a family and welcomed six children into their lives.  The two were a team.  Jimmy, a hard-working man with an extraordinary work ethic, provided for his growing family. Kay devoted herself to the rearing of their much loved, and at times rambunctious, children who numbered five under the age of six at one time.  Raising such a large family was filled with love and joy as well as trials and tribulations. Regardless, Kay stood by her children, celebrated their successes and lifted them up when they fell.  Her children were her world, her love for each unconditional.  That love grew even greater when her grandchildren began to arrive.  Nana, together with Papa, relished this role.  Kay was the quintessential grandmother – babysitting, crafts and tea parties, shopping, soccer games, ice shows, concerts and school plays, birthday parties and graduations.  Nana was there for them all, beaming with pride.  

Kay was a woman of many talents, as evidenced by her lifelong passion for painting and drawing.  The walls of her home are adorned with her works in oils and pastels.  That same passion informed her giving, of both time and money, to the many causes dear to her heart.  Kay was a fighter for what she believed in, for causes that were important to her, her husband and their children.  Whether it be for a cleaner environment, gay rights, veterans support, social justice or keeping the neighborhood George I. Clapp Elementary School for the people of Woburn, you knew where she stood, her voice heard.  

Kay is survived by four of her six children. Jeanne C. Pattison and her spouse Dr. Franca Centorrino of Watertown, Maryellen (Pattison) Schissler and her husband Stephen of Burlington, Shawn H. Pattison of Manhattan, and Brendan J. Pattison of Woburn.  Kay was the very proud Nana to her four grandchildren, Nicholas Moore of North Reading, and Danielle, Lauren and Sarah Schissler of Burlington.  Kay was further survived by her faithful canine companion, Jolly Dog.

The death of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare.  Sadly, Kay experienced that heartache and loss twice in her lifetime.  Her son Bob was at work on the 110th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  Eight years later, she again faced that horror when her eldest child Chris succumbed to a lengthy illness. In those darkest of days, days no mother should experience, her dignity, her grace and her resilience inspired and uplifted; a pillar of strength, a beacon of hope. 

 Kay was the dear sister of John “Jack” Cullen of FL, and the late Mary Bruno, Jeanne Cronin, Francis “Frank”, Lawrence “Larry”, Anthony “Joe”, and Jerome “Jerry” Cullen.  Kay also leaves a large circle of brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, May 25th, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Calling hours are on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances can be made in Kay’s honor to the charity of your choice.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, May 25th at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in the Funeral Home, Thursday 4 – 8 p.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington.

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  1. We met Kay through our 9/11 support group and we all bonded very quickly. She was a sweet person who always had a smile on her face. The group had stayed in touch periodically and it was great when we were able to get together. She will be missed.

  2. Roberto Elena e Roèl Lo Presti

    Vicini con il cuore in questo momento difficile…
    Condoglianze…
    Famiglia Lo Presti

  3. Franca & Nino Gatto

    Jeanne & family, our condolences on the passing of your mom. May your good memories carry you through this difficult time and keep them always in your hearts. Prayers for your mom and each and every one of you. RIP Kay.

    Love your cousins
    Nino, Franca, Natalina, Julia and Joe

  4. Pat Cullen-Chessick

    Dear Jeanne, Maryellen, Shawn and Brendan,

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear Mom. May loving memories of her surround you, your families and all of us who loved her during this most difficult time.

    Holding you close in thoughts and prayers,

    Patty

  5. Kevin and Sue Montgomery

    Dear Jeanne, Maryellen, Shawn and Brendon,

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your families on the passing of your dear Mom. She will always be remembered and hold a special place in our hearts.

  6. Giovanna Centorrino

    I know that what you are going through right now is very difficult, may God put her in a special place where she will be watching and protect you and the people who loved her

  7. The Doucette Family

    Pattison family,
    Very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We have many great memories of her and your brothers growing up.

  8. Dear Shawn,
    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    Sending prayers to you, your mother, and your family.
    Love,
    Barbara & Frank Sgro

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