June 26, 1942 – January 14, 2023
In loving memory ~
Our “Kootenay Mountain Man” left us peacefully, with son Larry and wife Dee by his side. We thank all the staff and medical team of 3B for their compassionate care and attention these past 2 weeks, as well as those of 4A during his 7 weeks last August, at North Island Hospital in Courtenay.
Doing their utmost to ease his pain and provide support, we appreciate all the efforts of Dr.’s Frolic, Konway and Mierzewski, and especially the guiding hands of Christine, Leah, Kim, and Tara from Community Health Services. We are indebted to the Guardians who kept watch over Pat, true-blue friends Nancy, Katy, and Lois, as well as Tanya from Costco Pharmacy, for service above and beyond. Your presence gave us much comfort.
John Patrick was born in Cranbrook, B.C. to John and Celia (nee Griffin) Horie. Survived by siblings Malcolm (Alice) and Cathie Horie, and Shirley (Ken) Craig. Gone before him are Lois, Ron, Margie, Bob, and Raymond (Tiny). Surrounded by the many nieces, nephews and outlaws at any family gathering or reunion, it was never boring, nor quiet.
He graduated from Mount Baker High in 1961, before heading off to BCIT in Burnaby to obtain his Electrician’s Certification. In 1969 he married Sharron (Thomason) and moved to Prince George to work for BC Forest Service. Together they raised Lawrence in the log home he built in 1972 – 75 at West Lake, just outside of PG.
In 1987, he moved to the Lower Mainland and began work at Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam. As Industry Division Manager, he ran a tight ship, but always regarded his staff as his “best team ever.” It was on the diamond at Inlet Park, umpiring Dewdney Women’s Fastpitch, that he made the right call to woo a young left fielder, named Dee (Diesel). They hit it off and spent many enjoyable years golfing in Arizona with the Craigs, or holidays in the Maritimes and Hawaii. They made a very special trip back to Ontario in 1994, to get married in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Pat got ready to retire from Riverview, now as Director of Operations. By then, he had redesigned the Emergency Management program and invented and patented REES, the Riverview Emergency Evacuation System device.
In 2003, they moved to Courtenay and discovered Arden Road, and a treasureship of new friends. Pat just had to keep busy, organizing his biking gang to ride around the Comox Valley, or check off their bucket list hike to Cape Scott in 2009, with Katy, Lois, Sandy, Carol, Lindsay, Debbie, and Sharon.
After their move in 2015 to the Valley View area, Pat’s health began to decline, though he could still start up the snowblower at 6 am if needed. During Pat’s final few days, he was made as comfortable as possible, and he passed away quietly.
We are planning a celebration of Pat’s life at the end of June, in the Mountains he loved so much. Pat was “Scared of No Man, and Damn Few Women,” and will be deeply missed by Larry, Michiko, granddaughters Anika and Savannah, wife Dee, and faithful cat Shadow.
Condolences may be offered at www.telfordtoneffboyd.ca.
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