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Patricia Dunleavy Maher

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“Our dearest Pattie will be missed very much....we had a great chat a few months ago on the water taxi....Bill ,Jamie and family you are in our...Read More »
1 of 44 | Posted by: A friend

“I wanted to be just like Patti; she was a wonderful role model... ”
2 of 44 | Posted by: Lois Peccerillo - Guilford, CT

“So sorry for your loss of such a wonderful woman ”
3 of 44 | Posted by: Jackie Guarino-Smith - Orange, CT

“to the entire Dunleavy Family - Fond memories of the happiest , pepiest , and just a great image of what was good - I remember her with long hair -...Read More »
4 of 44 | Posted by: bert Siclari - West Haven, CT

“Bill & Jamie, I was so shocked to hear about Patti. What a wonderful person, full of life and laughter and so concerned about others. I am so sorry...Read More »
5 of 44 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Bill and family,We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember meeting Patti on the IOP and opening our restaurants in 1992. You are all...Read More »
6 of 44 | Posted by: Annette Whitmer - Isle of palms, SC

“Dear Bill & Family,We are so sorry for your loss. So many great memories meeting Patti on the IOP and opening our restaurants in 1992. You are all in...Read More »
7 of 44 | Posted by: Annette Whitmer - isle of palms, SC

“Patti you will be missed. You treated our two daughters so warmly at Dunleavy's Pub. You always got a kick how Annie loved the meatballs. We're...Read More »
8 of 44 | Posted by: Wendy Luciano - Charleston, SC

“My deepest sympathy to the Dunleavy/Maher families. Patti was my first friend when my family moved to Lake Street. Our teacher asked her to walk me...Read More »
9 of 44 | Posted by: .

“To all the Dunleavy's and Maher's, Patti was a very special person, always with that beautiful smile and friendly caring words...she will be greatly...Read More »
10 of 44 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss ”
11 of 44 | Posted by: Mimi and Justin Fox - Greenville, SC


12 of 44 | Posted by: Thomas Lavery - Belleview, FL

“May all her days in heaven be filled with the joy she gave to us here on earth. We will miss her smile and caring spirit. ”
13 of 44 | Posted by: Connie and Dean Murray - SC

“I loved talking to Patti when she came into our store to ship presents to her grandchildren! Her face beamed when she talked about them!! Patti was a...Read More »
14 of 44 | Posted by: Diane and Bill Pysh - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Sincere condolences for Patti's passing , I will truly miss her wonderful smile and our shared laughter at The Shoals-my thoughts are with the entire...Read More »
15 of 44 | Posted by: Joseph m Jones - Charlestown, RI

“TO BILL, GEORGE AND JAMIE...SO SAD TO LEARN OF PATTI'S PASSING. WE HAD SOME GOOD TIMES TOGETHER YEARS AGO. WHAT A CHARACTER!GOOD BLESS,RON ”
16 of 44 | Posted by: RON CONNELLY - MT. PLEASANT, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dunleavy and Maher Families on the loss of their Patti, a truly gentile lady. Patti and brother Bill...Read More »
17 of 44 | Posted by: Dan & Rose Finley - MT. PLEASANT, SC

“I cannot tell you how much your ,other, sister, and grandmother meant to all of us that knew her. She was always smiling, was always interested in...Read More »
18 of 44 | Posted by: A friend

“Patty was very important to my family. When my soon to be wife and I moved to SC we struggled to find jobs. I remembered Patti and Bill had opened...Read More »
19 of 44 | Posted by: John Oshaughnessy - Summerville, SC

“To all the Dunleavy clan. My sincere condolences on your loss. Seems like only yesterday Patti was cheering on the Westies hockey team at the New...Read More »
20 of 44 | Posted by: A friend

Patti 4 years ago at exercise class Christmas Party
21 of 44 | Posted by: A friend

Patti 2 years ago with some of class on Cruise
22 of 44 | Posted by: A friend

“Patti was always a friend to me. And not just like an ordinary acquaintance. She had this energy that surrounded her and when you were with her,...Read More »
23 of 44 | Posted by: Allyson Carter - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“So sorry for your great loss. Patti was such a wonderful amazing person & will be greatly missed. Thoughts & prayers with all of you. ”
24 of 44 | Posted by: Peggy Johnson- Nelson - Westerly, RI

“A kind and caring woman who was always pleasant to visit with. She wil be missed. ”
25 of 44 | Posted by: Nick and Linda Kobylk - SC

“I can only concour with all the "Westies" and former "Westies" (my self being the latter) on Pattys passing. It not only speaks volumes of Pattys...Read More »
26 of 44 | Posted by: John & Sally White - Myrtle Beach, SC

“Like many of her "Westie" friends, I was saddened to learn of Patti's passing. Part of her will always be back in her home town of West Haven. I...Read More »
27 of 44 | Posted by: Ralph Lawson - West Haven, CT

“My sincere condolences to the entire Dunleavy Clan. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Patty and I were great friends in the 60's...Read More »
28 of 44 | Posted by: Ed McCarthy - West Haven, CT

“I knew you briefly, but you were so kind to me as a newcomer to Charleston..I loved seeing you and Caitlin on Saturday afternoons when you might have...Read More »
29 of 44 | Posted by: Jennifer Fletcher - Charleston, SC

“Dear Dunleavy and Maher families,"Westies", always remember the members of the Big Westie Family.......The Dunleavys were a huge part of that family....Read More »
30 of 44 | Posted by: David Serfilippi - Orange, CT

“Bill, George and family, what a wonderful sister and lady y'all had in your lives. God's Peace to y'all ”
31 of 44 | Posted by: Michael McAbee - Mt Pleasant, SC

“I was very saddened to hear of Patti's passing. I have great memories of Patti that go back to: Lake St. Beach, Bailey Junior School, West Haven...Read More »
32 of 44 | Posted by: Harry Benas - Bradenton, FL

“A friend who will be missed, my prayers to the family ”
33 of 44 | Posted by: Paul Caruso - Friend

“Sorry to hear of Patti's passing. Will remember all the smiles and enthusiasm she put into the world. My thoughts are with her family. ”
34 of 44 | Posted by: Annemarie Donato - Mount pleasant, SC

“Sorry to hear of Patti's passing. Will remember all the smiles and enthusiasm she put into the world. My thoughts are with her family. ”
35 of 44 | Posted by: Annemarie Donato - Friend

“To and old friend and true Westie along with Sullivan's island and the Block a wonderful person with great smile and personality deepest symphany to...Read More »
36 of 44 | Posted by: Pattty (smith) and Bert Doerr - CT

“One of the rare, genuinely gentle and kind people we are privileged to meet in life. ”
37 of 44 | Posted by: Ray Benvenuti - Ft pierce, FL

“Our moms will be our Angels forever ”
38 of 44 | Posted by: Samantha Albert - Mount pleasant, SC

“I thank God for affording me the opportunity of knowing Ms. Patty. I will definitely miss our talks, hugs and laughs! She was a beautiful woman...Read More »
39 of 44 | Posted by: Nicole (Ms. Patty's mail carrier) McKee - SC

“To all the Dunleavy's,So sorry for your loss. She was an outstanding friend, sister, mother and grandmother. She always cared to much so others. ...Read More »
40 of 44 | Posted by: Candy Smith - Orange, CT - Friend

“My deepest condolences to s beautiful family ”
41 of 44 | Posted by: Stephen Lacobelli - Charleston, SC

“To the Dunleavy Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family and friends at this most sad time. We will always remember Patty's...Read More »
42 of 44 | Posted by: Gary Lovell - Sullivans Island, SC

“Sending prayers to you all God Bless. Eileen and Bill ”
43 of 44 | Posted by: Eileen McQuown - Friend

“We knew you were special when you would bring the kids books into the Pub for Sutton (and all kids) to read. Sutton also thanks you for the hugs,...Read More »
44 of 44 | Posted by: Blake Chastain - SC - friend


Patricia Dunleavy Maher, 70, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, died Friday, April 20, 2018. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm with prayer and reflection at 6:00 pm at Cooper River Room at Waterfront Park, Mt Pleasant. There will be a gathering on Block Island, RI announced at a later date. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.

Patricia was born March 20, 1948 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of the late George H. Dunleavy and the late Regina Doyle Dunleavy. In Patti's formative years she excelled academically, as a member of the National Honor Society and socially as head cheerleader in high school. She began her restaurant career in her home town of West Haven, Connecticut. In the early 1990's she took a leap of faith, moved to Mount Pleasant, and partnered with her brother Bill Dunleavy to open Dunleavy's Pub on Sullivan's Island.

Though Patti was a successful restaurateur, her passion in life was for her children, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She had so much genuine interest in the lives of young people around her, and was known as "Aunt Patti" to many. Patti was an avid gardener, sports enthusiast, and lover of sand and oceans. Her spirit will be with us all when we walk the beaches of Sullivan's Island, Block Island, and the paths along the Cooper River at Mount Pleasant's Waterfront Park.

She is survived by her loving children, James J. Maher, Jr., and Jennifer Johnson (Brad); her six close-knit siblings: Bill Dunleavy, Glenn Dunleavy (Sally), Suzan Dunleavy (Timothy Berge), George Dunleavy, Thomas Dunleavy (Maureen), Brian Dunleavy (Keely); and the lights of her life, her five grandchildren: Caitlin, Pete, Maeve, Brendan and Laurel; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Cecelia Dunleavy.

Memorials may be made to MUSC Children's Hospital Fund, 59 Bee Street, MSC 201, Charleston, SC 29425.