As you will all know, Patrick passed away on 1 March 2021 in Sussex with the three of us and our Mum by his side and his extended family and many friends thinking of him from far and wide. To look back at Dad’s life is to see decades and decades peppered with his love of travel, the beloved career he pursued, the love and care he both gave and received from life-long friendships, a love of sports both as a participant and a spectator and his love for his family. Dad was often described and praised as a consummate gentleman – he was punctual, he was kind, he was loyal and interested. He was a stickler for manners but also had a mischievous streak. He was ambitious for himself and others and adventurous. He loved a joke and was always quick to smile. We have been looking through so many of his photos and letters these past weeks and that is what we have been reminded of - and the sheer amount of experiences and opportunities that he seized both professionally and personally. Yes, he was a great golfer (down to single figures in retirement, don’t you know!) but he loved a round of 18 holes for the joy of hanging out with friends and for the 19th hole, as much as for the challenge of getting a tiny ball into a tiny hole by hitting it with a skinny stick. He loved holidays for the sunshine, yes – he had an all year round tan to maintain after all – but also for the quality time he could spend making memories with family and friends and taking lots (and lots) of photos! We will remember Dad, his eyes creased in laughter, head thrown back laughing raucously with Jeremy and Jane about something which no one else in the room understood – an inside joke between siblings. We will remember him chasing us around our basement in America trying to escape his catching us and the tickling that would follow. We will remember his concentration face, tongue peeping out of the side of his mouth trying to…beat Neil at table tennis…or lift up one of his grandchildren above his head…or read an article on the gold standard with the rugby on in the background. You will remember him in other ways and in other places with other faces and smile. Let us always smile when we remember. Katharine, Emma & Neil, March 2021 At his funeral on 6th April it will not be possible to hug, raise a flute of his favourite bubbly or a pint of the dark stuff and have a true celebration of Dad’s life whether you are in Hove for the funeral or not. So, on the 10 July 2021 we will be organising a more informal, joyful and celebratory afternoon in a pub garden somewhere in the South East of England. We will be in touch with further details, but if you think you might like to join us please email Neil (at email@example.com) and save the date for now. Instructions for joining webcast: Date of Funeral: Tuesday 6 April 2021 at 2pm (GMT) Go to - https://www.obitus.com/ user name - mesi2706 password - 460131 You can login to our website at any time to view a test connection (and we strongly recommend you do this) but you'll only be able to view the Live Webcast approx. 5 mins before the service start time. Please be aware this is a public building and the timing of the Live webcast is semi-automated to allow for services running early or late – please use your discretion if you can see activities not applicable to the service you are here to watch.
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