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Pat Waterman receives special remembrance gift from quilters

ADMIRING PAT WATERMAN’S QUILT (l-r): Lauren and Todd Waterman, his mom Pat, her granddaughter Nicole Pappas and grandson Daniel Swift, his stepdad John Beliview, and her daughter Devon Waterman holding her son Wyatt Beliveau, age 19 months. Waterman’s grandchildren, Makenzie Waterman, age 6, and Avery, age 4, snuggle together in front on the quilt made from their grandfather’s shirts. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
March 31, 2011
WOLFEBORO — Wolfeboro Town Clerk Pat Waterman brought her family along to receive a very special gift last Friday night, March 25, in the Wolfeboro Public Library.

Quilters participating in the Parks and Recreation Quilt Retreat program gave her a queen-sized quilt in memory of her husband Dennis, who passed away a year ago just weeks after his diagnosis of cancer.

Waterman knew it was in the works, for she had given 36 of her husband's shirts to the quilters, but when Sarah Silk handed her the bag containing the quilt and the two drew it out to its full size, Waterman was overcome with emotion.

Her tears soon turned to smiles though as her family – including her son Todd and his wife Lauren and their two children, Makenzie and Avery, her daughter Devon, husband John Beliveau and children Nicole, Daniel and Wyatt (age 19 months), and great nephew Adam Tasker with wife Erin and daughter Paige – came forward to surround her and appreciate the new quilt up close.

The quilters, whose sewing machines lined the walls for two days of sewing in the meeting room for yet another project, beamed in delight and satisfaction. On hand, in addition to Silk, were Brenda LaPointe, Pat Donnelly, Lesley Miller, Paige Tasker, Connie Carignan, Carol Maccabe, Amy Capone-Muccio. Other contributors were Cynthia Blandini, Linda Monasky and Janine Gillum.

Waterman says that she was flooded with memories of her husband when she saw the pieces of his shirts set into a pattern and now sleeps under it every night. She said that her grand-daughter Makenzie looked it over and pointed to a square and said, "Nana! There's my favorite shirt. Grandpa looked so good in it!" Waterman said she just can't thank the ladies enough for the gift, "I love it."

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