This is how I will always remember Patrick: the devoted father and avid outdoorsman. He passed away this afternoon from the injuries he sustained in the auto accident October 11. It's comforting to remember him as he was just a few short weeks ago.
I remember when Patrick was engaged to our niece Carol and first met her grandfather (El Jefe's father "Dutch"). Dutch quickly took a liking to this gentle young man, declaring that he took good care of his car and "any man who takes good care of his care will take good care of his wife!" So Patrick had Dutch's full approval. And he proved to be a loving husband to our precious niece.
And Patrick was wonderful with Dutch in his declining years--always patient and gentle, he treated him with respect and spent time with him. Patrick was in his element hunting and fishing and spending time outdoors. He passed this great love of God's world to his daughter Annie, as you can see.
Godspeed, Patrick! You are home safe now, moored in God's loving arms.
Note: For those friends and family in Houston, Patrick's memorial service will be this Saturday at 3 pm at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.
(see also Averill's tribute to Patrick on her blog Odi et Amo)