Andover — Patricia A. Bales, a longtime resident of Andover and beloved wife of David E. Bales, died at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va. on December 12, 2012, while traveling to Florida for the winter.
Pat was born and raised in Haverhill, graduating from Haverhill High School in 1960. Pat then went to work for the Raytheon Company where she worked for 15 years, beginning in the typing pool and advancing to executive secretary working for the Deputy Plant Manager. Pat left Raytheon to be home with her daughter, Jennifer, and after several years as a homemaker, Pat returned to the workplace at The Newtwork, where she became affiliated with Collins Education Associates. Here Pat found a position that allowed her to excel as she helped build a business from two employees to more than twenty. Her ability to connect with educators and establish long term relationships was critical to the companies success. Pat was an outstanding editor, editing many books and articles. Her colleague, Dr. John Collins, recalls, “She tried to retire for three years but I avoided the topic. I could not imagine how we could get along without her.” After retiring, Pat always wanted to make a contribution and to help others. She volunteered at the Andover Senior Center providing clerical support and working at the reception desk which she loved. From there she began volunteering at the Veteran’s Services office. Here she worked with Michael Burke, Director of Veteran’s Services, Robert Domingue, and the book team publishing the Heroes Among Us books honoring Andover’s World War II veterans.
Pat loved the beach or anything near the water. She especially enjoyed spending time in Newburyport, Ogunquit, Maine and also traveling to Florida to spend time with her daughter. Pat was an amazing cook and loved to try new recipes. She enjoyed reading, word games and gardening in her spare time. In fact, she was a founding member of the Garden Club at Powder Mill Square in Andover where she resided for the last several years. She had a wonderful circle of friends and was always happy and had a smile that could light up a room.