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Patrick S. Nivala

Patrick S. “Pat” Nivala, 29, of Gardner, died peacefully, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, after a short illness surrounded by his family.

Born in Gardner on March 19, 1990, he was the son of Deborah Jean (McMilleon) Nivala and the late Gary R. Nivala.  He was a graduate of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School with the Class of 2008, were he studied culinary arts. He was a server currently employed by LongHorn Steakhouse in Leominster.

He was a parishioner of Annunciation Parish/ Holy Spirit Chapel. Patrick was full of life. He loved to go to the Shrine at Foxwoods. He enjoyed cooking, running, golfing, playing tennis, camping, hunting and going for hikes with his dogs. But the time Patrick loved and cherished the most was spent with his friends and family.

Besides his mother Deborah Jean (McMilleon) Nivala of Gardner, Patrick is survived by one brother Nicholas R. Nivala of Gardner: maternal grandfather Lawrence McMilleon of Gardner; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Due to recent COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak, Funeral Services will be private and held at convenience of the family.

A Celebration of Life in Patrick’s memory will be planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gardner Animal Shelter c/o Gardner Police Department, 200 Main Street, Gardner, MA, 01440. Please reference in memory of Patrick S. Nivala.

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Deb & Nick, I am so sorry. Pat was one of a kind and loved by so many! I will miss him

Katie Holt Mar 17 2020 12:00 AM

Pat was such a great friend growing up. We grew apart but just recently got back in touch. I visited him at his work place and planned to hang out soon for our birthdays because we both shared March birthdays. Rest In Peace you kind soul

Amanda Mar 17 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Deb and Nicholas,
I am so very sorry and send you my deepest sympathy in this sad and difficult time. Treasure your most loved memories of Patrick and carry them with you, for they will always be a part of who you are. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you, keep you, and give you peace. Much love to you, Dawn Gaudet

Dawn Gaudet Mar 17 2020 12:00 AM

Im trying not to let my tears cloud my keyboard.
Pat was a great person, and friend to the June Street kids. Hung with Amanda many days at my house he even got paid for cleaning her room. He also did it for free just to get Amanda out to play. I cant imagine what Debbie is going through and his family. My love and prayers for all of you.
Perhaps Jesus needed him to comfort all the people dying of Covid 19. I will be there at his celebration of life.

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