Anne R. Clavin

Anne Rita Clavin 87, of Cranston, died peacefully on Thursday May 28, 2015 at Kent Regency in Warwick after a long illness. Born in Providence to Joseph and Catherine (Chamberlain) Clavin, she was the sole survivor of seven children. Ms. Clavin graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1945. A long-time employee of Cathedral Art Metal, she rose to the position of Executive Vice-President, retiring in 1993. She grew up in the Edgewood section of Cranston, and resided for many years on Spring St. in Cranston. Devoted to family, Ms. Clavin was a life-long caregiver for immediate family members and a bedrock of support for all of her extended family. She is pre-deceased by her brother, Robert Clavin; and her sisters, Barbara (Clavin) Kane, Mary (Clavin) Smith, Claire (Clavin) Murray, Margaret Clavin, and Jane Clavin. She is survived by fifteen nieces and nephews, and leaves a number of great nieces and nephews. She was a communicant of St. Matthew’s Church in Cranston.
A Mass of christianBurial will be celebrated on Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 10:00am in St. Matthew’s Church (corner of Park and Elmwood Avenues) Cranston. Donations in Anne’s memory may be made to Jennifer Kane Scholarship & Charitable Trust, 5 Lee Drive, Plymouth, MA 02360 or online:

**** Here are some additional thoughts written by Anne's nephew Ken Smith which will be shared as part of her funeral Mass on Wednesday...

Anne Rita Clavin was a remarkable woman. Although she never married or had children, she was the matriarch of our large, predominantly Irish Catholic family: the Clavins, Kanes, Murrays, and Smiths; a mother to us all. She was present for many happy family occasions such as weddings, birthdays, wedding and baby showers, and delighted in any new addition to the family whether though marriage or by birth. She was also present and supportive during the passing of her siblings before her; Barbara, Gina, Claire, Peggy, Bob and Jane. She was there for all of us in times of tragedy when family members were taken from us much too soon. She had a total of 16 nieces and nephews, and she is survived by 15 of them. She is also survived by many great nieces and nephews, and even some great, great nieces/nephews. We cousins always knew that Anne was there for all of us, and sometimes subtly, or not so subtly, reminded us of our obligations. To us, she was Anne, or Aunt Anne. But at Cathedral Art Metal, where she worked for many years until her retirement in 1993, she was a boss. She rose from an entry level typist position in the late 1950’s when the company was small, to Executive Vice-President as the company grew to 300 employees. The owner of Cathedral Art Metal, Bill Tracy, described Anne as “one of a kind”, who could do anything, and get the job done. Anne’s faith as a Roman Catholic was a central part of her life. Perhaps being born on All Saints Day (11/1/27) destined her for a life of service to others. Early in life, she would sometimes stay home from school to care for her ill mother. Having three sisters (Claire, Peggy, and Jane) afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis, her devotion to family was no more evident than in her relationships with them. When Grandpa (Joseph Clavin) died in March of 1966, Peggy and Jane were living his home at 149 Spring St. when the house was put up for sale. Anne purchased the house to allow her sisters to continue to live there. Although Jane eventually moved out, Peggy remained with Anne until her death in January 2000. With Gina’s death in 2009, Anne was the sole survivor of her immediate family. She often talked about how much she missed her family and was looking forward to being reunited with them. Anne had two requests: that a mass be said for her on her birthday and that we have a party in her memory. Those requests will be honored. As we say goodbye to Anne today, we are really celebrating her life. Since she is the last of a generation for our family, we also celebrate the lives of that wonderful generation, a generation that taught us the values of family and faith. We will all miss Anne dearly but she has left us with many fond memories, and she will always be in our hearts.

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Lori Dunbar - 05/31/2015

I am thankful to have and shared holiday memories with Anne, a bright light and lovely presence. Prayers for comfort to Ken and The Smith Family.

Ellen Anderson - 05/31/2015

Sorry for your loss. Jane was my mom's, Lenore (McKenna) Mulcahy, best friend and her maid of honor at her wedding. My mom (RIP) would talk fondly of the Clavin family. I will pray for her and the rest of her family.
Peace and Love,
Ellen Anderson

Matt Kane - 05/31/2015

Aunt Anne was a selfless and extremely caring person. I will always remember my visits at a young age with her and Aunt Peggy. She will be missed but the memories will live with me forever.

Eugene P. McKenna - 06/01/2015

I remember well the cross the Clavin family carried when I was a youngster in Rhode Island. Anne carried that cross several times in support of her wonderful family which include my sister Lenore's best friend (and her Maid of Honor) Jane.
God's Love and Grace Anne,
Gene McKenna

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