Mr. Patrick “Pat” James Hendrigan of Rimbey, Alberta passed away quietly at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Rimbey on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the age of 75 years.
Patrick Ian James was born on July 17, 1937, the fourth child of six born to Louis and Muriel Hendrigan, and was raised on the family homestead near Winfield. His work with the Royal Canadian Signal Corp. (SK101424) took Patrick across Canada and, as a United Nations Peace Keeper, a year each in the Sinai Peninsula (UNEF 1) and the Congo (previously Belgian Congo) (ONUC). Patrick was then a sailor with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans out of Nanaimo; a hunting guide on the Spatsizi Plateau; a fire lookout in the Rocky and Peace River Forest Districts; and then a Forest Ranger with Alberta Forest Service. In total, he worked 31 years in dedicated service towards environmental protection, retiring in August, 1993. Patrick then moved to Rimbey where he and his wife, Leigh (1943-1998) found a home. He lived among the wonderfully friendly and warm people for 20 years until he passed away from cancer. He loved the wilderness and has returned to it.
“Home is the sailor, home from the sea, and the hunter home from the hill.” (R.L. Stevenson)
Patrick will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his son, Cole Hendrigan (Anna Lewis) of Fremantle, Australia; and his daughter, Kelly Hendrigan of Rocky Mountain House. He will also be lovingly remembered by his brother, Dennis (Doreen) Hendrigan of Edmonton; and two sisters, Jessie Hendrigan of Trail, B.C.; and Anne Hendrigan of Lethbridge; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Patrick was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Muriel; his beloved wife, Leigh in 1998; and two brothers, Terry and Bob.
A Gathering of Family and Friends in Patrick’s Honour will be held at a later date. Cremation took place at the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Patrick’s Memory may be made directly to the David Thompson Health Trust, c/o Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0. Condolences to the family may also be expressed by e-mail to: email@example.com
Thanks to all of Patrick’s old and new friends for caring for him and honouring his life at his gathering. The stories shared will be cherished by his family for many years to come.
Cremation Arrangements for the Late Mr. Patrick “Pat” James Hendrigan entrusted to the care of
OBERHAMMER FUNERAL CHAPELS LTD.
Rimbey, AB. 403-843-4445