We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Cody-White Funeral Home
“Poli Family” Matriarch, passes at 93.
Polished and dignified, Patricia Juliette Poli Sheahan Hadden Dahill always made a grand entrance where-ever she went and deeply touched the hearts of all she met. After a week of tasting her favorite foods, an singing her most loved songs … at the age of 93 “Patsy” peacefully passed in her home listening to the water gently crash outside her bedroom door in Woodmont, CT on Friday July 15th 2022. Her loving daughters Deborah and Pamela, John Moore and her adored caregivers Annie Escho and Jose Delgado Delgado were all by her side.
Born June 19th, 1929 at St. Raphael’s hospital in New Haven Ct, Patricia is the daughter of the late Walter Melbourne Sheahan and Juliette Irene Poli and sister to Walter Poli Sheahan and Sylvester Poli (Paulie) Sheahan. Patricia’s Irish paternal grandparents are William L. Sheahan and Catherine Ennis, and on her mother’s side she is the youngest granddaughter of renowned Italian theatrical magnet Sylvester Z. Poli and Rosa Leverone Poli.
Patricia is survived by her loving daughters Deborah Juliette Hadden (John) Moore of Milford, Ct, Pamela Paige Hadden (John) Tomlin of Ipswich, Ma and grandson David Clarence Hadden III of Las Vegas. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, governance Mary DeAngelis, husband David C. Hadden, son David C. Hadden Jr, granddaughter Michelle Juliette Hadden and husband James L. Dahill.
She grew up in New Haven at “1031 Forest Road,” and summered at the family “Poli” compound in Woodmont at “16 Villa Rosa Terrace”. She also wintered with her parents at the famed “Kenilworth Hotel” on Sunset Island in Miami, Florida. While there, she attended The Sheridan Park Grammar School in Miami Beach and Miss Harris’s Private School for Girls. In New Haven, she went to The Edgewood School, and Gateway School for Girls in Hamden, CT. Always, very involved, Patsy was class President for 3 years, on the fencing team, sang in the glee club and graduated Marymount College in Tarrytown, Ny where she majored in Art.
Following college Patsy toured Europe with her parents on the Queen Elizabeth going to Italy, France, Spain an England.
At 27 years old, she married David Clarence Hadden, of West Haven at St. Aiden’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. The Hadden’s, were also a prominent Connecticut family. David’s father, William L. Hadden Sr. was Ct, State Attorney General and his brother William L. Hadden Jr. later became a Superior Court Judge.
Patsy and Dave moved to Coral Gables, Florida where Dave graduated Miami Law School and Pat delivered her twins Debbie and David, at Doctors Hospital.
The young family then moved back to the Woodmont compound and made 16 Villa Rosa Terrace their home. Five years later, Pami was born at St. Raphael’s hospital, in New Haven Ct.
Later in life Patricia married President of the F.J. Dahill Company, James L. Dahill, of Branford Ct. They lived at Castle Rock in Branford, Ct. during the summer, and at Marabella on the ocean in Boca Raton, Florida during the winter.
She was a former member of the Milford Yacht Club, Race Brook Country Club, New Haven Country Club and The Quinnipiac Club.
“Patsy” enjoyed most being with her daughters, singing show tunes, out to dinners most nights or dinner with Debbie and John on the deck, power shopping with Pami, golf all over the world, bridge with friends and the 5:30pm cocktail hour. She was also licensed interior designer with a superb sense of style.
4 years ago, “Patsy” came back to live in Woodmont and made “Villa West” on the beach her home. She loved looking out over the water and seeing “Grammy Poli’s Big House” as she called it, and felt comfort knowing that Annie & Jose were with her around the clock, her daughter Debbie lived just one floor away from her and Pami was always checking in with the nightly “goodnight Mommy, we love you”.
Friends and family are invited to gather on Monday, July 18, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 BROAD ST., MILFORD, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. that day at Saint Mary Church, 70 Gulf St., Milford. Interment will follow at Saint Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Avenue, West Haven. An aftergathering will take place immediately after the burial that day.