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“I was shocked and saddened to hear that Jen had passed before her time. We knew each other through CRRHA, obviously just one of the many community...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Rex Palmer - Watertown, MA

“Jennifer you'll be missed! ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Joel Moran - New Boston, NH

“I knew Jen from work @Sun. Favorite memory was meeting her and Scott at the Boston Folk Fest many years ago. Second best, learning today that she was...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Paul Buckley - BILLERICA

“Jerry and I are shocked and saddened to learn of Jennifer passing on so unexpectedly. She was our next door neighbor and such a good friend. We...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Elizabeth LaJeunesse - Waltham, MA

“So very sad to hear of Jennifer's passing.I knew Jennifer from our days together and Sun Microsystems and later Oracle. We kept in touch via social...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: David Lister - Rindgge, NH

“We were so sad to hear the news of Jennifer's sudden death, especially since just a month before Julian and I had a lovely dinner with her when we...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Catherine Clark Demetriadi

“My condolences on your loss. I am sorry sorry I never met her as she sounds like she would be great to know. My relationship is distant. I have...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Roberta Nelson Shea - S Yarmouth, MA

“I cannot say I knew Jennifer 'well' but I knew her well enough to know she was the real deal. Had her over a couple times for Thanksgiving and maybe...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Sharon Antia - Lincoln, MA

“I am so saddened to learn of Jennifer's passing. I met her during orientation in 1986 at Wellesley College and looked forward to catching up with her...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Joyce Anagnos - Toledo, OH

“So sorry to learn of Jennifers death. We were simply acquaintances through First Parish. We ran into one another at the grocery store about a year...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Tobey Fidler - Waltham, MA

“We are so sorry to hear of Jennifer's passing and send our deepest condolences to her family and best pals. Jennifer was always so wonderful to our...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Margo Miller - Waltham, MA

“Love to Jennifer and all who knew her. Jennifer was a good friend, who always showed up. Genuine, intelligent, caring, and ethical, she made a...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Marci & Marisa Diamond - Waltham, MA

“My deepest condolences to Jennifers family and friends. My husband and I were Jennifers neighbors in Waltham for 10 years. She was always looking out...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy Gravelin - Brunswick, ME

“Dear Jennifer, We were so sad to hear that you had passed. It was too bad that you lived so far from us, but we have fond memories of all the...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Roy and Julianne Fredrickson Ames

“Rest In Peace Jennifer. I am one of Jennifer's peripheral friends. I just wanted to share that I saw her mid afternoon on Wednesday November 13th. I...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: lynne sabbag - burlington, MA

“My deepest sympathies to Jennifer's family. She was a true friend to many. May she rest in peace. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Kelly Hill - Chelmsford, MA

“I have lived down the street from Jen for about 20 years, I think? She was always urging me to get involved in local political issues and making...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Nicole Sparks - Neighbor

“I am so deeply shocked and saddened at the news of Jennifer's death. I enjoyed working with Jennifer at First Parish UU in Waltham. We were for some...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Karen Klein - Cambridge, MA

“My sincerest sympathies and hopes for comfort go out to Jen's family and many friends. She was a caring human being who got involved and made a...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Maureen King - Waltham, MA

“Dear Tom & Maureen Deepest Condolences on the Loss of your Beautiful Jennifer! Loved reading her wonderful obituary and what a special woman she...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: John Maag - Des Plaines, IL

“I met Jennifer only a few months ago and quickly came to value her as completely genuine and kind. I am fortunate to have spent some time talking...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: James Smith - Shelburne Falls, MA

“Jennifer was my little sister in Pomeroy at Wellesley. She was great. Always friendly, always kind, and always quick to smile and laugh. She will be...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Maryann Ford - New York, NY


Jennifer M. Patton, of Waltham, died suddenly on November 21, 2019, nine days before her 51st birthday. She was a world traveler, visiting Turkey, Spain, Greece, England, Scotland, Germany, Ireland, and the Bahamas among other places. Also, Jen was an activist, technical writer and cat rescuer. She had just completed her one-year anniversary working as a Senior Technical Writer at Red Hat.

Jen had lived in many places, including Kenosha, WI, Cary, Il, Saudi Arabia (no place for a teenager as she pointed out), Mountain View, CA, and Baltimore, MD, but Waltham was her home. Jen was an extrovert and could talk to anyone. She was a warm, generous person with a delightful sense of humor. She was very active in many organizations, to name a few: Progressive Waltham, the Waltham Democratic City Committee, Diaper Depot, Green Rows of Waltham (GROW) and The Cat Connection. She was very interested in affordable housing, especially for those who wish to age in place in their home town, as she had hoped to do. She was a feminist through and through and a strong voice for so many.

A proud alumna of Wellesley College, Class of 1990, she was looking forward to attending her 30th class reunion this June – she will be there in spirit. We must tell of her love of the Red Sox. She was an avid reader and loved to discuss books, movies, ideas – well, just about anything. Jen was a member of First Parish Universalist Unitarian Church in Waltham.

She was predeceased by her younger brother, Andrew, who she always remembered. She is survived by her parents, Maureen and Tom Patton, her husband, Scott Shurr, many relatives, her dear friend, Melissa Honig, her friends, Sarah Hankins, Shirley Boschen Traite, Alice Taylor, Belinda Jentz and many others. We would be remiss not to mention her cats, Finn and Fergus, who she loved dearly and took such excellent care of. She was a compassionate, thoughtful woman, and will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made either to The Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Ave., Boston, MA 02118, Ph: (617) 427-5200 or The Cat Connection, P.O. Box 541435, Waltham, MA 02454, Ph: (781) 899-4610. A Celebration of Jen's Life will be held at a future date.