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OBITUARY

Patrick Joseph Maloney

July 6, 1921September 4, 2020

MALONEY, Patrick, in his 100th year. Born in Blackrock, ERIE July 6, 1921. Passed away at Newmarket, ON, September 4,2020. Predeceased by his wife Ruth (2001) and Ann (2008).

Pat was born in Ireland and, as an orphan, spent his early years in a foster home and then at Fegan’s Home for Boy’s orphanage in England. He came to Canada as a British Home Child and worked on a farm in Queensville, Ontario. He enlisted in the RAF and was stationed in Scampton, England during WWII where he served as a mid-upper gunner on a Lancaster bomber.

Pat returned to Toronto, graduated from University of Toronto and began a career as an educator with the Toronto District School Board.

He had a deep and trusting faith in God and often spoke of God’s hand on his life, leading and directing him.

Pat will be greatly missed by his two daughters, Maureen Dinner (John) and Marilee Gosselin (Denis), grandchildren, Christopher (Erika), Emily (Scott), Julie (Kurt), Madeleine, Patrick, Benjamin, great-granddaughter, Harper, Ann’s family, sister-in-law, Grace, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A huge thank you to the staff at Amica Newmarket for their outstanding care and compassion, particularly during the pandemic.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a private memorial service will be held for immediate family. To offer condolences, please leave messages, stories or pictures for the family on this virtual memorial: www.gatheringus.com/memorial/patrick-maloney/4955

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Yonge Street Mission, one of Pat’s favourite charities would be appreciated www.ysm.ca/donate

Services

  • A memorial service will take place when it is safe to do so.

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Jim and Elsa Breadner

September 13, 2020

Dear Maureen, Marilee and families,
We have many great memories of your dad, as an educator and sharing many years together at WWABC.
Our prayers for strength and peace are with you. We know Pat is “dwelling in the house of our Lord”
Jim and Elsa Breadner

Arlene Freeman

September 10, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. We first met when I was assigned as V.P. at Queen Vic. Pat was a pleasure to work with and he managed to put up with me and my weird sense of humor!
The last time I saw Pat was when Phil Egginton, Ian Baird and I had
lunch with him at Amica. As soon as lunch was over, we were dismissed because Pat was off to play golf. For years, no matter where he lived Toronto, Ottawa, etc. there were lengthy updates
usually at Christmas time. He always made me feel appreciated!
He was a kind and gentle man who truly cared. May his memory be
a blessing to all that knew him!



David Waller

September 10, 2020

It is which much sadness that we heard the news of the loss of Pat, one of our ‘Fegan boys’. Pat came from Ireland into the care of Fegans at the age of 10, spending time at both the Boys’ Home in Stony Stratford and the Training Farm in Goudhurst in Kent. He was, to the best of our knowledge, the last surviving British Home Child from Fegans, having emigrated with the Fegans party of 1937.

Pat remained loyal to the old Homes throughout his lifetime, frequently travelling over to support reunions with former colleagues in England, as well as a willingness to represent the Homes at events in Canada. He had considered travelling to England for the 2020 Reunion earlier this year until the pandemic put a stop to such plans!

Personally, it has been a real privilege and joy to get to know Pat a little over the last 20 years or so, both at events in England, and on our trips to Canada. With his faith always evident, he was a man with an integrity of character strengthened through the hardships of his early years; gracious and compassionate, he conducted himself with dignity at all times. He never forgot three of his Fegans colleagues who travelled out to Canada with him in 1937 who lost their lives at Dieppe in the Second World War, being moved to the point of tears when he told their stories.

Our lives have been enriched through Pat’s friendship, and he will be much missed. We give thanks to God for a life well lived and for the comfort of knowing that he is now enjoying his reward with the Lord.


David Waller
Former Chief Executive Officer of Fegans.

Rachel Black

September 9, 2020

I am thankful for the opportunity to have known Pat and have him as a part of our family. He joined the family when I was a moody teenager, but never held that against me for which I am forever grateful.

He took the time to get to know us, and genuinely cared about us. He made many sacrifices in his love and care of my grandma and our family.

Even after my grandma has passed and he moved back to the Toronto area, he still kept in touch and would send cards with newspaper clippings that he thought we would be interested in. Even from a distance he was still thinking of us and showing he cared.

It was a privilege to have had Pat in my life.

Murray and Barb Knights

September 8, 2020

Maureen and Marilee
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. How wonderful it is to know that he is spending eternity with our Lord and Saviour and that we will see him again. We both pray that God will give you much comfort and strength as you go through your journey of grief. Murray especially has many, many great memories of your Dad.
Love and hugs to you and your families.
Murray and Barb Knights

Dave Black

September 7, 2020

I have many fond memories of out time spent with Pat. Noteable amongst them are our trips to Florida where we were greeted with Boca Raton culture and caring hospitality. I enjoyed golfing with Pat at the Red Reef Golf Course and enjoyed hearing his stories of "golfing with the Brethren" . It was hard to keep up with him during his walks on the beach. Pat encouraged me to read some good books and gifted me with some of his favourites, such as Oz Guinness' "The Call". I enjoyed hearing his memories of teaching in Northern Ontario at Fraserdale and on the travelling Railway School. We always appreciated Pat's genuine cheer, his positive outlook on life and respect for the life lessons he learned in the past. Cherish your memories.

Jill Black

September 7, 2020

One of the things that strikes me when I think of Pat is how close we got in such a short period of time.
When he married Mum, we really didn't know him, but by Pat and Mum's first anniversary, we had spent time with them in Florida, time at the cottage, time in Ormond and a very intense time with Mum in hospital. Through those times, we developed a deep appreciation and love for Pat.

I think back to his introduction to the family the Easter before he married Mum. No one else who has joined the family has been introduced to the whole family, at one time, for one whole weekend. He did so well.

I remember his regular references to the writings of "Jack", discussions about faith and how it is lived out. I remember fresh cut flowers he bought for Mum and how his gentle spirit complimented Mum's strong and independent spirit.
I remember the putting green and the time spent manicuring the property....his love of photography particularly the Ormond property taken in four different seasons and made into one collage. I remember a weekend at the cottage when a bunch of youth from our church came. Pat joined in the water volleyball game and gave it his all then chatted it up after the game.
He happily told stories of his time in the airforce and his early life, which were told with almost reverence - those experiences formed his character and helped him become the man he was.
His genuine interest in people showed in the number of people with whom he corresponded - there would be multiple letters on the desk in Ormond ready to take to the mailbox any given day we were there. He also easily adjusted to life in Eastern Ontario and developed relationships as if he had lived in the community for decades. People have continued to ask about his well- being and he hasn't lived here in 12 years!

Pat was a remarkable man and we are blessed to have known him.

Evan Garst

September 7, 2020

On behalf of UNA Church I'd like to pass on our condolences to you Maureen and the rest of your family. Your dad will be deeply missed by each one of you. We are with you, John and your family in prayer as you journey through this time of grief and loss. We also look forward to the day when you will be able to introduce us to your dad in the promised new heaven and earth. "There will be no sorrow or parting there. No more burdens we'll have to bear. We'll all get to look at Jesus face, the one who saved us by his grace. What a day, a glorious day that will be."

John Watts

September 7, 2020

During your family's time of loss please accept our condolences and fond memories of Pat. We are forever thankful for the joyful spirit he brought to the Watts/Anderson clan. Although not all of us got to know Pat well his life's history is a testimony to a life well lived through his service to others. Ian/John/Edward Watts

Sarah Kern

September 7, 2020

Dear Marilee, Denis, Madeleine, P.J. & Benjamin,

I extend my sincere condolences as you mourn the loss of your father's and your grandfather's life, on this side. I am thankful that you were all blessed by his presence, his strong faith and his rich family history for so many happy, healthy years. I pray that the Holy Spirit, our Great Comforter, will draw near to each of you now as you grieve. - With much love,

- Sarah Kern

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