Folsom Funeral Service

Spada, Patricia A. (McGrath)



Patricia A. Spada, a lifelong resident of Dedham, died Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at the age of 51. Patty grew up the second youngest of six children. She attended St. Mary’s elementary school, Dedham High School, and then continued her education by graduating from hairdressing school, as well as Bentley College in Waltham, where she earned an Associates degree in Accounting. Patty was a hard worker from the beginning.  She was a successful hairdresser, cosmetologist, and accountant. She worked side by side with her husband running the family business, Spada Paving and Landscaping.  Patty loved working part time with her daughter, Dee Dee, at Estee Lauder.  At the time of her death, she had worked for J.M. Forbes & Co. of Boston in real estate management and accounting for 4 years.  She was committed to the community as an active member of St. Mary’s Church, and she volunteered as a Dedham Little League softball coach. She loved her team. Patty was treasurer of The Justin House Inc., a healing ministry for young adults trying to build a better life.The most important thing in Patty’s life was her family. She was a devoted daughter to her parents, John E. and Anna B. (Connolly) McGrath of Dedham, and she enjoyed caring for them. She married her husband, the late William F. Spada, on Valentine’s Day in 1982 but they were together for over 30 years. Patty was an incredible mother and dedicated wife. She loved trips to Cape Cod, shopping in Chatham, long beach days, bike riding the railway trails, and enjoying a good hot fudge sundae. Her laugh was infectious and very unique, one that will be remembered for a long time to come. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, William F. Spada Jr. of Dedham and Deirdre Spada of Dedham, who were the pride and joy of her life; her brothers,  John E. McGrath III of Dedham, Thomas C., and his wife Angela M. McGrath, of Attleboro, Paul JB, and his wife Karen D. McGrath, of Roslindale; and her sister Sheila M., and her husband Michael Jewel of Randolph. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial Friday, December 17th  at 10 O’clock at St. Mary’s Church, 420 High St., Dedham, followed by burial in Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham. Visiting hours will be Thursday at the church from 2-4 & 6-9 pm. Donations in Patty’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 420 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026, The Justin House Inc., P.O. Box 83, Dedham, MA 02027, or the Deirdre Spada Medical Fund c/o Dedham Institute for Savings, 55 Elm Street, Dedham, MA 02026.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Bonnie
    December 14th, 2010 | 3:16 pm

    God Bless both you and Billy. May you both rest in peace and watch over your children. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  2. ginny jones
    December 14th, 2010 | 5:53 pm

    Also from the class of 77, my sympanthy to the McGrath and Spada families. God be with you during this very difficult time.

    Port Richey Florida

  3. Friend in JesusChrist
    December 15th, 2010 | 1:54 am

    You are so Beautiful, so pure, the very best,..our hearts are so sore and at such unrest. We loved you then, we love you now, we will care for your children as a promise and a vow. Jesus is holding you, we will pray everyday..we will meet you again in a Beautiful Way. Peace, Love and Hugs Patty….We Love You.

  4. Dawn Pearsall Florek
    December 15th, 2010 | 9:44 am

    You will always be in our hearts Patty…Dawn & Joe-Joe

  5. Judy Thomas
    December 15th, 2010 | 1:19 pm

    Dear Billy and DeeDee, and to the rest of your family, I’m so sorry to hear about the tragedy in your family. Im so sad for all of you. My heart breaks for you. I remember your mom as a beautiful, adorable girl. Love from a classmate of your moms – 1977

  6. Judy Thomas
    December 15th, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    A message to DeeDee, Please stay strong and I hope to hear your going to recover from this tragedy. Hope to hear your doing better. sorry for everything you went through and your boyfriend. and to little billy and the rest of your family. sorry again. love from a classmate of your moms

  7. Johnny O'Mara and Family
    December 15th, 2010 | 2:31 pm

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Beau Perkiins
    December 15th, 2010 | 2:41 pm

    My heart goes out to to the Spada Family. Patty was a pleasure to work with; always with good humor to share. With deepest sympathy, Beau Perkins

  9. HeavenlyLove
    December 15th, 2010 | 7:13 pm

    I know our lives are fragile.Patty because of your death..I turn now to God more than ever. We need Jesus to heal our souls and hearts. You lived a Good life and were so blessed. I love You Patty …Pray for us as you enter His Kingdom that when our time is up that we may go to Heaven and see you again.and there is forgivness…Merry Christmas little ones. I pray for Billy, and his beautiful sister DeeDee, that she does not suffer…and is at Peace ..I pray for all the Doctors that care for her that they keep her comfortable. Love You All…You will be in His Kingdom.

  10. Janet (Clifford) O'Keeffe
    December 15th, 2010 | 10:38 pm

    Dear John and Anna, My mother, Pat, and I are heartbroken for your loss. We will keep Patty and her family and yourselves in our prayers. May the Blessed Mother wrap her arms around you, comfort you and watch over your grandchildren. In your golden chain of friendship please regard us as a link.
    Patty Clifford & Janet O’Keeffe

    December 16th, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  12. Cynthia (Fitzhenry) Douglas
    December 19th, 2010 | 11:21 am

    Although I’ve been away from Dedham for many years, Dedham is my home. Patty and I were friends in high school and married one of my relatives. I’ve never forgotten Patty’s smile and her laugh. At times like these, it’s friends and family that will help you through. Please know, that many people, some you don’t even know, are praying for your family, each you, to give you strength. God bless.

  13. Bob McLaren
    January 4th, 2011 | 2:07 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Spada and McGrath families.

    The McLaren Family, Southern California.

  14. Adam
    January 7th, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    May you rest in peace, Patty, and Christ hold you in his arms forever.

    March 24th, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    As I hold up Dee-Dee’s picture today against yours I say to myself that’s Patty’s pride and joy, but she is “Our Miracle”. Miss you and R.I.P.

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