Patricia R. Reighley

June 27, 1925January 3, 2021

Patricia (Patty) Reighley, 95 of Hobe Sound, FL and New Canaan, CT passed away peacefully on January 3, 2021 at her home in Florida surrounded by her beloved family. She was born in East Orange, NJ on June 27, 1925, the daughter of the late Marvin J. and Florence M. Reynolds.

Patty grew up in Montclair, New Jersey and went on to attend LaSalle Junior College. She married Henry Ward Reighley on May 15, 1948, and they shared 62 wonderful years together until Ward’s passing in 2011. In 1959, they moved to New Canaan where they raised their four children. They spent their summers on the island of Nantucket, a special place for all the family. They were long time members of the Country Club of New Canaan, the Nantucket Yacht Club, and the Jupiter Island Club.

Patty was admired by so many for her warmth, kindness, and genuine interest in the lives of everyone she knew. Above all, it was her deep faith and love of family that were the hallmarks of her life. Nothing was more important to her than spending time with her family, who loved gathering around her wherever she was, including on many fabulous trips.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Lindsey and Dick Thune, Jill and Wes Christensen, Nancy and John Cavanaugh, and Bill and Laurie Reighley; 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held for her in Nantucket this summer. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, 118 Cliff Road, Nantucket, MA 02554 or the Waveny Care Center, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan, CT 06840.


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Kristen Hall

January 22, 2021

In our ten years on the lane we came to know Patty as a kind, gracious and generous neighbor. Patty always took the time to stop and have a chat, ask after our children and proudly tell us about her beloved children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Such an elegant and vibrant woman, she will be greatly missed on Wahackme Lane.
May Patty Rest In God’s Peace.
With our deepest sympathies,
Kristen & Arthur Hall and family

Lynn Petrasch

January 19, 2021

My late husband and I not only admired and adored Mrs. Reighley, but also are most grateful for the helpful role she played in the adoption of our two children. “There are times to ask for help with connections” advised Mrs. Reighley as we started our adoption journey along with her connections.
She was not only elegant and beautiful, but was very much a genuinely friendly and approachable lady, always happy to see you.

I feel fortunate our families have been connected for three generations.
Bless you and my love to all the family.

Carolie Rutter Frazer

January 18, 2021

Dear Lindsay, Jill, Nancy, and Bill,
Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. I and the rest of the Rutter family loved your parents and feel so grateful for having had the Reighley family in our lives every summer for many years in Nantucket. Your mother was a beautiful woman, both inside and out. She was a terrific friend to our mother Jinx (as was your father to our father Joe), and we always enjoyed seeing her. Vital to the end, she lived an extraordinary life and was a terrific role model. We are sorry for your loss.
Carolie & Pokey Frazer

Woody Rutter

January 18, 2021

I have wonderful memories of the entire Reighley family spanning more that 70 years. The passing of Patty Reighley hit me hard, as she is the last member of my parents’ generation- the “greatest generation”- that forms my earliest memories of our Nantucket summers. Our families have been “summer friends” for at least three generations

It was a happy coincidence that my sisters and I bumped into Mrs. Reighley last winter in Vero Beach, as we were all shopping!. We had not seen each other for a number of years, but we recognized each other instantly. Despite her advanced age, she greeted me by name, and she looked as elegant and lovely as always.

Mrs. Reighley, Sr. “(“Bess”) was one of my grandmother’s best friends, and we would see her every Sunday at St. Paul’s in Nantucket. She and I had a special bond, as we both wore hearing aids, and, for this self-conscious little boy with bulky hearing aids, she was an inspiration for me. I also have warm memories of Ward Reighley, ushering in church and riding his bicycle everywhere.

Patty Reighley was always so warm and hospitable- whether I saw her in new Canaan, Nantucket, or on my visits to Hobe Sound on behalf of Salisbury School. To me she defined elegance, grace, and caring. Hers was indeed a life well-lived, and her legacy is her family, of whom she was so proud.

I am so happy that Patty Reighley was part of my life’s journey. My sympathy to a Lindsey, Nancy, Jill , Bill, and the entire family.

Charlie Moore

January 17, 2021

Patty was a wonderful, caring neighbor and matriarch of our lane. She was always kind, generous and loved watching all the local kids grow up. A life well lived.
Our condolences.
The Moores (6)

Edward Stojak

January 17, 2021

To, Nancy, Bill, Jill, Lynn, and entire Reighley family. Sorry for your loss. Patty was a such a wonderful women. Having worked for her for many years She will truly be missed. I tried to visit her each summer that she came to Nantucket, long after my retirement. A life well lived. My wife Shirley sends her condolences as well.
Eddie Stojak