Surrounded by the love of his family. Patrick John Power peacefully passed away October 4th, after complications from heart surgery. Patrick was vibrant in life. He was a craftsman at heart and his talents and passion for poetry, children’s literature, woodworking and music will be forever enjoyed by his family and friends. Pat was devoted husband to Helen Power (Darbyson) and adored father to Shannon Power, (Tom Latulipe), Johanna Malone (Bob Malone) and Sarah Power-Smith (late Jeff Smith). He will forever live on through his grandchildren: Aidan, Thomas, Owen, Jack, Olivia and Gavin. Pat will be fondly remembered by his brothers Len (Joan), Al (late Fran), Michael (Janet) & Paul (Pam) and will be incredibly missed by his extended family, friends and all who had the great pleasure of knowing him. Family and friends are invited to join Patrick’s family in an Irish celebration of life. The celebration will be held at the Newcastle Community Hall located at: 20 King Ave., W L1C 1R3 on October 28th – 1-6 pm. In lieu of flower, donations to St. Michaels Hospital or your preferred children’s charity would be appreciated.
I am very thankful that I got to know Pat in some capacity through Shannon. We even got to enjoy a nice Disney cruise some years back. I do clearly remember a time when my kids were quite young, and I was driving my kids to school. It was one of the coldest days of the year. We were driving from timmies and my transmission ceized and my car was sitting on a street unable to move. By the looks of people’s faces as they were annoyed driving around my car. But...that freezing morning...a van pulled up with the window down. It was Pat! He offered a warm vehicle for the kids and drove them to school. As I waited for the tow truck, he immediately returned to offer warmth and conversation. Once the car was towed away, he drove me home and offered his vehicle if the need arises while my car was being repaired. This is the standout man he was. Always lending a hand, The things he did for his family were exemplary. You will be greatly missed! Thank you!
Having known Pat for more than 49 years, there are so many memories to choose from that I could use up this whole guest book. My kids loved him and knew that he loved them (he gave each of them a personally customized walking stick). To visit Pat and Helen’s home with grandchildren was always a delight for them, since Pat turned their back yard into a playground that was also inhabited by numerous fairyland creatures, carved by him. You never knew when The “Unknown Poet” would present you with a poem he had composed just for you, or have you guess which of the characters in the children’s book he had written was based on you. I edited one of his books and wanted him to submit it to a publisher. But he was more interested in leaving his writing as a legacy for his beloved grandchildren.
My oldest granddaughter shared Pat’s love of whittling, and sent me this message when she learned of his passing -
“I feel very lucky to have his whittling tools that he sent me and will always remember our whittling convos that we had these past couple of years. He was so funny!” She learned a few days ago that while in the hospital he was carving a crocodile that she had asked him to do.
Pat is a truly unique man whose creativity and love of family knows no bounds. He will be truly missed. Rest In Peace, dear friend.