Patricia McGinn Mitchell

Date of Passing:

July 3, 2021

Patricia McGinn Mitchell of Warren, RI, died peacefully on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Born on August 7, 1963, Patti was the daughter of Eileen O’Grady McGinn and Frank D. McGinn, Jr. Patti was also the beloved wife of Roddy Mitchell.
As a child, Patti delighted as much in the winter ski trips taken with her parents and siblings in Northern New England as in the summer vacations spent at their beach house in Bonnet Shores. As an adult, Patti was a bona fide beach bum. A day together with her children at the Kendbrin Swim Club was a perfect day for Patti. She was immensely happy reading a Danielle Steele novel under a beach umbrella, and a certified fan of sunning in the Caribbean or Italy (or Ireland, in between the clouds). She loved adventures with her Ya-Yas (the loudest group at any restaurant they visited) which generally included too many Martinis and, in a good case scenario, Swedish fish. In order to prove she was no slouch, Patti also made sure to complete a triathlon in 2004, in dedication to her recently deceased mother.
Patti’s smile, kindness, and love of laughter charmed all who met her, but most of all Roddy. In 1979, Roddy risked asking Patti to the Barrington High School Holiday Dance. She said yes. It was the start of their wonderful life together: full of travel, bicycling, moving from one house that Roddy made to another (all in Barrington, before finally landing in Warren), and raising two sons.
Patti graduated from Pine Manor College and later received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rhode Island College. She was immensely fond of teaching at the Lincoln School in Providence, as well as in the East Providence and Barrington school districts, but her greatest joy was her family.
Besides her husband Roddy, Patti is also survived by her son Benjamin Mitchell (and partner Madison Philipp) of Warren, RI; her son Patrick Mitchell (and fiancée Francesca Bernardo) of Allentown, PA; her siblings Frank D. McGinn, III, (husband Thomas) and Mae McGinn Kurkoski (husband Mark); her brother-in-law Alexy Mitchell (wife Laura); her sister-in-law Juli Mitchell (husband Travis); her loving mother-in-law Janis “Mom” Sallinger (husband Greg) with whom much ice cream was eaten and many movies seen; her father-in-law Alan (wife MAK); her niece Maggie Kurkoski; her nephews Sam and Teddy Kurkoski, and Max and Toby Mitchell; her loving caregiver and angel Emma Chacon; and many other loving extended family members.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday July 10, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside. Calling hours are Friday July 9, 2021 from 4-8 p.m.
Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Patti’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of RI, 245 Waterman Street, Suite #306, Providence, RI 02906 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. So sorry for your loss!!!!! I loved my cousin with all my heart!!!!! Rip Patty!!!!!

  2. always looked forward to working together.

  3. Noooo just heard so so sorry! I just found out reach For me I love you both always
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  4. I was so sorry to hear of Patti’s passing. I remember her bright energy as a young mom of two active sons, chatting on the playground or beach and always filled with laughter. Our condolences to the entire family.

  5. We send our prayers and wishes for peace and pleasant memories of Patti to Rod, Ben, Pete, the McGinn family, and friends near and far.

    Love and Condolences,
    Robin Saunders, Garry, Raven and Wayne Whyles

  6. Dear especially Mae and Mark, so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister! My thoughts are with you all.

  7. I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful woman Pattie. I remember her smile and her grace. May you find peace and strength in your beautiful memories. She will never be forgotten. RIP gone way too soon ❤️?

  8. I am so sorry to read the news of Patti’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family.

    The Reilly Family

  9. Patty was one of a kind…always smiling, happy, and so loving and giving…my deepest condolences and much love to you, her dear family…her legacy will live on in all of you forever.

  10. So sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies are with you all during these trying times.

  11. Deeply sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Patti was a bright spirit who will be missed by all who knew her. Sending love to all of her family. May her memory always be a blessing.

  13. Rod and family,
    Pattie had such a great smile and was always so friendly and kind. I will pass this little saying along. No one is gone till the last person that remembers them has passed. Pattie will be with you and live in the hearts of all she touched for many years. My sincere sympathy.

  14. So sorry for your loss of such a lovely person. We will be saying our prayers for you and your family.

  15. My precious cousins,

    I’m sending so much love to you all.

  16. I am so very, very sorry to learn of Patti’s passing. She was a lovely woman—fun, kind, caring. I’ll always remember how strong her love was for Roddy and her sons. She will live in my memory as a young woman with an infectious laugh, bright eyes and a wide smile.

  17. Our deepest sympathies extended to the McGinn and Mitchell families. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Stu and Renée MacDonald

  18. My deepest sympathy to all of Patti’s immediate and extended family members. Patti will be missed by all.

  19. Dearest Rod, Ben and Pete, Patti’s beloved family, Howard and I hold you in our hearts and in our prayers.

  20. I am so sorry to hear of Patti’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  21. I am so very sorry for your loss. Patti was such a wonderful woman. So full of energy and life. I have very fond memories of many an exercise class that we did together and lots of laughter we shared when our kids were younger. Sending thoughts of love and prayers for peace to all of you.

  22. Dear Rod, Ben, and Pete, we are heart broken for you. Patti was so warm and giving and such a joy to be around. I still remember with such fondness the day the two of you married. We hope you will find strength and courage to carry you through the difficult days, weeks, months, and years to come. Our prayers go with you. Love, Michelle and Ray

  23. My deepest condolences to the McGinn and Mitchell families and to all whose Patti’s beautiful, smiling eyes touched. Patti’s kindness touched my life many years ago and while our pathways parted, I know she will be missed by many. Sending peace and solace to all who are grieving her loss. She seemed to live life to the fullest just like we did together as teenagers driving around in her mother’s FIIAT sportscar with the top down (of course) listening to the Rolling Stones. Blessings to you, my old friend.

  24. Rod, I’m deeply saddened to hear this news today. Patti was fun and classy lady. I admire your steadfast commitment to her through many challenging years… you are a great example for all!!!

  25. We are terribly sad to hear of Patti’s passing. Her loss will leave a gaping hole for her family and and friends. Sending you all love, strength, and peace during these difficult times. Love, Meme, Brad, Jake, and Steven.

  26. I am so sorry to hear the news of Patti’s passing. She was such a beautiful woman! I and my family are keeping Rod, Pete, Benjamin, and all of Patti’s and Rod’s extended family in my prayers.

  27. My deepest condolences to all of Patty’s family. Although the world has lost a beautiful person, Heaven has gained an extraordinary and wonderful free spirit.
    God bless during this tragic time.
    My love to all.

  28. What a vivacious woman Patti was – she could light up a room with her smile. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Patti’s family and friends.

  29. I am so sorry to read the news of Patti’s passing. My thoughts go out to the whole family and friends. I babysat for Ben and Pete when I was in high school. Patti was such a role model – beautiful, fun loving, witty and adored those two boys. I have thought about her many times over the past 25+ years.

  30. Patti certainly had a zest for life as evident in her ever smiling Irish eyes. My heart goes out to all who loved her. RIP Patti

  31. Mae and Family,
    Please know we are thinking of you all…❤️

  32. Mae & family: So sorry to learn of your beautiful sister’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  33. The Kingstons have so many loving memories of Patty and the McGinn family whether skiing in Vermont or family gatherings in Barrington. Her loving and kind spirit remains in our thoughts. We have many childhood memories of our parents hiding Easter baskets in the trees on Dole Hill, staying at their summer house at bonnet shores and the laughter when things didn’t go quite go as planned. We are greatly saddened by her passing but send our warmest thoughts to Roddy and the entire family. Much love to all. The Kingstons & Donahues

  34. My deepest sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with your family during this very sad time.

  35. Sincere condolences and prayers for the family. So sorry for such a great loss of an incredible woman.

  36. My sincere condolences to the family. My mother Marion Disalvo was close to patty’s grandmother, mrs O’grady.

  37. Am so very sorry for your loss. Patti had the greatest and most genuine laugh and radiated joy. Am glad her short life was surrounded by so much love first from the Buckingham Bunch & then the love of her life Rod and their handsome boys.
    Love, GiGi

  38. I’m so Deeply sorry for your loss
    You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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