Methuen — Charles J. (Sherm) Pattavina, 75, of Methuen and Salisbury Beach, has gone in peace to rest with the Lord. He passed, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with melanoma.
Charles was born in Lawrence, Mass., on April 5, 1938. He was the son of the late Charles J. Pattavina Sr. and Sally (DiGiovanni) Pattavina.
Charles graduated from Lawrence High School in 1955. He went on to further his education at Boston University and Bentley College. He also served with the National Guard. Charles worked the majority of his career as an assistant general manager of Standard Data, a division of Standex International. He also owned and operated Pattavina’s Restaurant in the Methuen Mall. He was a member of St. Lucy’s Parish, Star of the Sea, and the Knights of Columbus. He was past president and treasurer of the Methuen Community Kindergarten, past president of the Ashford PTA, and a past commissioner of the Trust Funds of the City of Methuen.
Charles is survived by his wife of 53 years, Theresa (Dell ‘Ova) Pattavina of Methuen; his daughters, Ann Marie (Pattavina) and her husband, Edward Sullivan of Andover, Karla (Pattavina) and her husband, Sean Bradley of Methuen, and Jill (Pattavina) and her husband, James X. Fitzpatrick of Methuen; his grandchildren, Nicholas and Shauna Bradley, Joseph and Charles (CJ) Fitzpatrick, and Kevin and Kylie Hern and Amy Sullivan; and a brother, John Pattavina of Haverhill. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Pattavina. He also leaves several nephews, cousins and close friends who he considered part of his family.
Charles enjoyed boating, fishing, lobstering, scuba diving, jogging, skiing, hiking, fine dining, and his annual trips to Key West. His favorite times were spent at the beach house with his family and close friends. Charles had a deep love and affection for his family. There was no sacrifice that he wouldn’t make for them. He was a man that never said "no" to anything that was asked of him.
Charles was very active in his grandchildren’s lives. He loved watching their sporting events, and never missed his granddaughters dance competitions. He supported his beloved grandson and namesake, CJ, by attending numerous autism events and advocating for autism awareness.
Words cannot express how lucky we were to have such a devoted, caring and loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Memorial contributions may be made in Charles’ name to Melmark NE, 461 River Road, Andover, MA 01810. Melmark NE provides services to children with autism spectrum disorders.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours for family and friends will be on Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, Inc., 233 Lawrence Street, Methuen. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, at 11 a.m., in St. Lucy’s Church in Methuen, with entombment to follow in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Lawrence, Mass. For directions, or to send condolences, please visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Pattavina Family with the arrangements.