Patricia Powers Caine
Patricia Powers Caine passed on the morning of Oct. 5, 2020, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, at the age of 102. Fiercely loyal and loved, Pat was never one to go gently into that goodnight, having survived cancer and other health challenges over the years. But after a diagnosis of COVID-19 and compassionate care, Pat made a peaceful transition and joined her husband, Ansel Caine, Jr., then probably scolded him for going to heaven before she did.
Born on March 6 of 1918, Pat grew up in the Bronx and was working in a department store when she met Ansel, who was visiting on behalf of his millinery company. They spent most of their years in Summit, raised their family there, and were active members of Canoe Brook Country Club before Ansel passed away on April 7 of 1980. She is also predeceased by her brother, Thomas J. Powers.
Pat remained a familiar face on the golf course, at the bridge tables, and in the Grill Room at Canoe Brook, often bringing her grandchildren to the pool and hosting some of their biggest milestones at the club, including a granddaughter’s wedding. Even today, more than 20 years after helping her with her clubs, one of her caddies fondly remembers her kindness and good humor.
She is survived, loved, and dearly missed by her three children, Ansel III, Thomas (Elizabeth), and Mauryne Van Dusen; six grandchildren, Christy Fennessy (Steve), Leigh Ling (Chris), Ansel IV (Anna), Sam (Marlo), Ted (Josh), and George (Adele) Caine; and seven great-grandchildren, Casey and Jack Fennessy, Cassie and Mackenzie Ling, Hedda and Maeve Caine, and Bodhi Caine.
To all of us she passes on a fiery spirit, a love of family, and a reminder not to rush — just sit with friends, have a cocktail before dinner, then eat some oysters or one of her amazing twice-baked potatoes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad. Donations can be sent to PO Box 234, Summit, NJ, 07902, or made by visiting, www.summitems.org.
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