Gloucester — Barbara J. (Burns) Patil, 85, of Gloucester and Hollywood, Fla., died on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Addison Gilbert Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born in Gloucester on October 11, 1927, to the late Milton Burns and Evelyn B. (Morehouse) Burns Dundon, and grew up on Grove Street across from the Oak Grove Cemetery where her father was the caretaker. Barbara was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1946. She maintained friendships with classmates and enthusiastically attended reunions, most recently in 2012.
Barbara married in 1950 and moved to Reynard Street with her husband, Stephen Patil. The couple had two sons, Michael and David. An active mother, she served as Cub Scout den mother (Pack #56, Riverdale), and taught her sons to fish. An avid angler, she won a striped bass contest in 1963, went tuna fishing with Bunt Davis, and chartered fishing boats to successfully pursue large game fish in Florida well into her seventies. With her friend Pat Jacobus, Barbara started the Ladies Wednesday Morning Bowling League in 1959, and also bowled on the Womens’ Professional League at Cape Ann Lanes. She enjoyed music, and sang and played guitar and violin. She loved to travel, and was also known to play cards, favorites including cribbage and Texas Hold ‘em. Evidence of Barbara’s poker prowess exists in an official, framed casino memento of a Royal Straight Flush.
Mrs. Patil worked for the phone company (NE Tel, Tel, NYNEX, AT&T) for 31 years, starting on Elm Street as an operator on switchboard and headset in 1948. In 1962, when the company went “dial” she continued as an information operator in Salem. In 1978, she moved to Hollywood, Fla. to continue as an international telephone operator. Barbara later obtained her real estate license and worked for Century 21. Never shirking excitement, in her 70’s, she volunteered with the Hollywood Police Department. She returned to Magnolia in 2010 at age 83.