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“To Megan and Joanna and Families,To Brayton and Suzanne and FamilyI never knew Trisha was even ill, so so sorry to just now see this.My belated...Read More »
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“Brayton and Suzanne,My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved Trish. My thoughts will be with you tomorrow as you celebrate her life.Love...Read More »
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“Although I only met Patricia once, I was immediately taken by her warmth and funny stories. I felt like I had known her for ages! Im sure she will...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Alice Scanlon - Queens, NY

“We didnt know Patricia well, but enjoyed the moments we shared together. She was charming and kind and loved talking about her enormous family! The...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: adam, Lisa, and Ren Scanlon - NY

“Very sorry to hear of Pat's death. We were classmates in college and shared many fun times. You have my deepest sympathy. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Lois Flagg Stabach - Portland, CT

“Pat is a long-time classmate and friend from St.Anselm's College, from where her brother, Brayton, also graduated. We shared the 50th and 51st...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Ewell - Redondo Beach, CA

“My sincerest condolences. ”
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Patricia Ellen Shanley of New York, New York joined her husband Joe in heaven on April 23, 2020. She passed peacefully in her daughter's home, surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. She was born in 1943 in Bronxville NY to Thomas Brayton Shanley and his wife Ellen McDonald Shanley. She was raised in Pelham NY along with her brother Brayton. In 1964 she graduated from St. Anselm College in Manchester New Hampshire with a BSRN, and began a fruitful career in nursing administration. She received a Master's degree in Public Administration in the 1980s while working for The Department of Mental Health as an administrator. She met her husband, Joseph Ruane in 1968, and settled in the Boston area. She leaves behind her two daughters, Megan Ruane Ferguson, husband Daniel and their children, Caroline, Joseph and Ella. As well as her daughter Joanna Alice Ruane, husband Ian Sax son Leo and daughter Margot. She also leaves behind her brother Brayton Shanley and his wife Suzanne and one niece Teresa Shanley and many cousins.

Patricia's favorite place on earth was with her family in Little Compton, RI. Where she, her husband Joe and her children, and now grandchildren spent every day on the beach or sitting on the deck watching the sunset. Upon retirement, she took up painting and discovered her passion for painting still life as well as landscapes. Her artwork resides in family and friends homes, as well as the Assisted Living facility she resided in.
Patricia was an avid traveler, visiting India, Tanzania, France and Europe. She took every one of her grandchildren to Tanzania on a safari trip in order to pass on her love of all cultures, individuals and animals.

In her last days, her humor and compassion shone through her struggle as she made everyone feel as beloved and cared for as she did her whole life. She was braver than any of us could have been in the end due to her strong willed nature to be fiercely independent.

Due to the Covid 19 virus, her family will hold off on services until a safer time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Innocence Project, 40 Worth St. #701, New York, NY 10013.