Patricia entered into rest in Lindsay, Ontario on October 10, 2020
at the age of 84. She was the beloved wife of the late Patrick Anzovino of Fort Erie,
Ontario (1993), mother of Michael (Cathy), Patrick (Heather), Theresa (Dan) and Tim
(Denise) and dear grandmother of several grandchildren including Reilly predeceased
Patricia was the daughter of the late Veronica (Doherty) and Joseph O’Reilly; and sister
of the late Dorothy and the late Sister Veronica O’Reilly. Beloved sister also of Joseph
and Beverley O’Reilly of Lindsay, Mary O’Reilly and John Pearson of Aurora, Patrick
O’Reilly and Michael O’Reilly both of Little Britain.
Patricia lived most of her life in Fort Erie where she taught school and raised her family.
She was educated at Kenney’s School, Ops Township, St. Joseph’s Academy, Lindsay,
Normal School in Peterborough, and later at the Universities of Brock and Waterloo. For
some 50 years Patricia was an active volunteer in the Fort Erie – Greater Niagara Region
working extensively in the field of Social Justice and with newcomers to Canada. In
recognition of her many years of volunteer work and community activism she was named
“Woman of the Year” for Canada on two separate occasions; once by the Federal
Government (Therese Casgrian Award) and secondly, by Chatelaine – Flaire magazine,
an honour she shared with Karen Kain. Patricia was awarded “Citizen of the Year” for the
Province of Ontario and “Woman of the year” once again by the YWCA of the Niagara -
Fort Erie Region with the National YWCA Peace Medal. She was also recognized with two
lifetime achievement awards for all her humanitarian work; one from the Province of
Ontario, and Nationally from the Dominion of Canada.
Patricia served on some thirty local, regional, provincial and national boards, many to
advance affirmative action, inclusiveness and diversity, equality, workers rights, women’s
issues and environmental concerns. She was appointed Order in Council to the Niagara
Parks Commission, Canada – US Peace Bridge Authority and Canada – US War and
Peace Time Commission and chaired the “Canada Trust” Friends of The Environment for
Patricia had the pleasure of working on several international development projects in North
and Central America and Africa and was a peace advocate with Project Ploughshares and
Kyros. She had the honour of unveiling Canada’s new fifty dollar polymer bill with Bank
of Canada Governor David Dodge in Calgary Alberta, becoming the first woman to unveil
new currency in our Country.
Patricia accredited her commitment to volunteerism and the community at large to the
inspiration and example set out by her parents and family. Patricia also wished to
acknowledge the mentorship and rapport of wonderful neighbours and friends that served
as model examples, especially, those in Ops township, Valentia, Little Britain, Lindsay,
Fort Erie and the Sisters of St. Joseph, Peterborough.
Patricia often said growing up on a family farm on the water, and in a large and supportive
family with extraordinary neighbours, provided a base and grounding unparalleled.
Patricia will be remembered as a strong and independent woman, a woman of faith, a
loving wife, mother, family member, and someone with a zest for life and a spirit of
generosity. An inspiration to many and a tireless volunteer for all things good, Patricia
shared her gifts and talents to try and make the world just a little bit better place for all who
A private family funeral and Mass of Christian Burial have been celebrated, with internment
in Fort Erie, Ontario. Patricia requested that in lieu of any donations or remembrances,
people engage in an act of kindness or lend a helping hand to a person in need in their
respective area or community.
The O’Reilly – Anzovino families thank all individuals and parties who assisted with
Patricia’s care and well-being over this past period in time. A very special and sincere
thank you indeed to all for your extraordinary kindness and support; you helped make
Patricia’s earthly end of life journey one of peace and tranquility.
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