Patricia Jane (Reed) Charnley

April 23, 1929June 26, 2021

Patricia Jane (Reed) Charnley, a resident of Bay Square in Yarmouth, Maine, died on June 26, 2021 in hospice care at the age of 92. She was born on April 23, 1929 in New Bedford, Massachusetts to James E. Reed Jr. and Emily G. (Gething) Reed. She had a brother Nathaniel E. Reed, who died in 2013.

She lived in Fairhaven, Massachusetts and graduated from Fairhaven High School in 1947, then attended Katharine Gibb College in Providence, Rhode Island, where she graduated in 1948. She married Leonard Richards Charnley in 1952 in Fairhaven. She, her husband and family lived in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, most of her adult life. Her husband was an endodontist in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and she served as the practice’s bookkeeper and financial manager until his retirement.

Patricia was a passionate and accomplished seamstress who made most of her own clothes, as well as clothes for many of her family members. She was also an avid reader, reading several newspapers a day and often a fiction book a day, usually a British mystery novel. She and her husband were sailors and active members of the New Bedford Yacht Club in South Dartmouth. She also enjoyed gardening and international travel. Her husband Leonard died in 2014.

She is survived by five children and their spouses, David Reed Charnley of Naples, Florida and Diane Charnley of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Mark Leonard Charnley, DMD of Mill Valley, California, Melissa Charnley Hamilton and Joshua Hamilton PhD of Yarmouth, Maine, Carolyn Doris Charnley and Stephen Morse DMD of Yarmouth, Maine, and Marina Gething (Charnley) Throop and RADM David Throop of Chesapeake, Virginia, as well as ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was the sister of the late Nathaniel E. Reed.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Graveside Service on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 11AM in South Dartmouth Cemetery, Elm St., South Dartmouth. Her visiting hours will be Wednesday, June 30th from 6 to 8PM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. For online tributes and directions, please visit:


  • Visiting Hours

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 1, 2021


Patricia Jane (Reed) Charnley

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Patricia Charnley

June 30, 2021

Pat and Len Charnley were such gracious hosts whenever we were with them.
I have wonderful memories of the beautiful wedding of our son David and their youngest daughter Marina, with a fabulous reception following at the Yacht Club! Another treasured memory is when they invited us to go with them on the “Endoprize” to Martha’s Vineyard! Howard and I really enjoyed this very special and unique time with them.
Please accept my deepest sympathy as you gothrough this time of grief and loss.
With love and prayers, Kitty Throop

Ralph pollack

June 30, 2021

Our sincere condolences,
Ralph Pollack & Ann Herrmann