"While Pat McLane's health has not been good for the last few years, her passing is definitely a big loss to her family, friends and the entire equine hoof-care world," says Frank Lessiter, Editor/Publisher of American Farriers Journal.
Frank fondly recalls the first time that he and his wife, Pam, met Pat McLane.
"It was in February of 1992 and we had just purchased the American Farriers Journal about a month earlier," he recalls. "When Pam and I walked into the Holiday Inn at the American Farriers Association annual convention that year in Daytona Beach, Florida, Pat was the very first person we met. She was very friendly, welcomed us to the equine footcare industry and made us feel like we were an important part of the farrier world.
"These were traits of friendliness that I'm sure she shared during her lifetime with many other people. But I still remember more than 20 years later how she went out of her way to welcome us to the industry."
Pat McLane's Obituary
Patricia L. (Souza) McLane, 72, of Somerset passed away on Saturday May 18, 2013 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. She was the wife of forty-seven years to Myron E. McLane.
Patricia was born in Fall River the daughter of the late Manuel and Mary (Cabral) Souza. She was a graduate of BMC Durfee High School class of 1959. Patricia then went to graduate from the Truesdale Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1965. Mrs. McLane worked in the operating room at Truesdale Hospital for a few years. Patricia then worked as the bookkeeper for the family farrier business in Somerset for many years. Mrs. McLane traveled extensively with her husband. They wintered in Lauderdale by the Sea in Florida and summered at East Beach in Westport for many years. She cherished the time she spent with her family and friends especially her grandchildren. Survivors besides her husband are a daughter: Amy E. McLane Fitzgerald of Somerset, MA, and two grandchildren: Sarah and Julia.
Her funeral Service will be held on THURSDAY at 9am from the HATHAWAY COMMUNITY HOME for FUNERALS, 900 Buffinton St., Somerset, followed by a mass of Christian burial at in Saint Patrick Church 306 South Street, Somerset, burial to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery Fall River. CALLING HOURS are WEDNESDAY from 4-7pm
Memorial donations in her memory can be made to Saint Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105