I’d like to thank you all for coming today.
It is very obvious that Pat was well respected and loved, and how much we are all grieving this loss.
Pat would hate all of this focus on him. He would cross his arms over his chest, shake his head and give a half smile of wonder and bemusement. Pat didn’t have an ego. He didn’t see himself as special. But while he would hate all this attention, he would also understand and respect OUR need for it. To help US come to terms with this.
Pat and I had so many plans, and so many dreams for building a better Organization and helping more animals. But, selfishly, when I think of the loss of Pat, I go first to my own grief. The loss of an amazing friend. A trusted confidant. A humorous companion. A mentor.
Pat played so many roles in my life. He was a big brother. He was a father figure. He was an advisor. He was a friend. He was someone to do things with. He wore so many hats and filled so many shoes – but aside from my own personal loss, and your loss… – what he did for our organization and what we were moving toward also creates such a huge hole.