Taunton community remembers the life of 80-year-old Patricia Slavin

By Bianca Buono

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The elderly woman stabbed to death in last week’s Taunton tragedy was laid to rest Wednesday. The funeral was at Holy Family Catholic Church, a place 80-year-old Patricia Slavin visited every day.

"In seeing her, knowing her, you were seeing this woman who was always joyful. You had a woman at peace,” said Father Kevin Cook of Holy Family Parish.

Last Tuesday, Patricia and her daughter Kathleen were senselessly attacked inside their own home after letting Arthur DaRosa inside, thinking he needed help. Kathleen, one of Patricia’s six children, survived but Patricia didn’t make it.

"A mother’s love is unconditional,” said Patricia’s son Frederick Slavin.

Slavin was emotional as he delivered the eulogy, saying his mother’s family and close friends were recently together celebrating her 80th birthday.

"It gave a lot of her family and friends, most of you here today, an opportunity to smile, say a kind word, share a laugh, a kiss, a hug with one very special lady,” Slavin said.

Patricia’s friends remember her as generous, kind and faithful. They say she would bring the Eucharist to the sick and elderly who couldn’t get to mass.

"There were days that it was very hard on her legs to do this type of job, but with her strong faith, her radiant smile, and great sense of humor, she lifted the spirits of many lonely and hurting people,” said Patricia’s friend Merle Coughlin.

There wasn’t an empty seat inside the church, a testament to Patricia’s effect on the Taunton community.

Mayor Thomas Hoye delivered a message to the mourning Slavin family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The city’s behind you and any assistance that we can give you to help with that healing process we’re here,” Hoye said.

Patricia Slavin was buried at Saint Joseph’s cemetery in Taunton.

DaRosa also killed New Bedford teacher George Heath and injured four others.

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