Patrick H Bohnet

Born July 31, 1976

Burial arrangements under the direction of Pineridge Memorial Park.


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Shawn Esplin

August 23, 2013

I only had the pleasure of hanging out with Patrick a couple of times during Anime Weekend Atlanta, but I always appreciated all of the work he put into making it a great event, and getting to spend a little time with him outside of the con (like when a group of us went to a Japanese restaurant during AWA in I believe 2003 or 2004) just reinforced my perception that he was a great guy.

I haven't made an AMV in years, but I promised to do one based on an idea of his, and I still intend to do it. I just wish he could be there to see it when it's done...

January 23, 2013

heros will be always heros.

Jeffrey Lee

November 26, 2012

Patrick has got to be the nicest and smartest guy I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Jeffrey Lee
(Kennesaw State University)

Sarah Stinebaugh

August 28, 2012

I only meet Patrick once but it was a memorable moment. He and Debra were visiting at my parents next door, we were all talking. when I mentioned our dog. Pat and I walked over to my backyard so he could see Titan. I warned him the dog is big and he might jump on you, so we entered the fence and Titan came running he did jump up to Pats welcome arms. Titan is 144lbs of pure muscle and almost knocked Pat over he just kissed him and knocked his glasses off but Pat stood there loving every minute of I knew then that Debra had a great man! He will be missed greatly I am so sorry Debra and Sylvia! My love thoughts, and prayers are with you.

Omar Jenkins

August 28, 2012

I first met Pat about ten years ago at Anime Weekend Atlanta. Over the years I got to know him better and understood why he poured so much of his blood sweat and tears into the AMV community. To him, AMVs were a form of art and he was like a curator. He wanted to preserve them and present them to the audience the way the creator had intended. I think that's one of the reasons he spent so much time researching and tweaking the Netstream 2000 playback system that is still in use today. But no matter how much you love a hobby, life comes first.

I remember in 2005 he called me up out of the blue and asked if I'd be interested in taking over the Iron Chef competition. He was suffering burnout from running the AMV tech at so many anime conventions but wanted to make sure that the work he started would continue. I agreed and a short while later, a heavy box full of bronze Iron Chef AMV medallions arrived bearing the phrase "Celerius Difficilus Maius", which roughly translates to "Faster Harder Louder". Eight years later, Iron Editor(f.k.a Iron Chef AMV) is still running strong and has branched out to four conventions across the US.

Pat and I lost touch for a year or so when he stepped back from convention work but we eventually reconnected through food. Pat loved to cook and was always trying out new recipes or new variations on his favorites. Always the inclusionist, he came up with vegetarian versions of his typically meat-filled dishes and taught me just how versatile eggplant can be. We'd spend hours at AWA or online talking about Alton Brown's latest MacGuyver-esque cooking techniques from Good Eats or some other facet of the culinary arts. I can still remember his excited hand gestures as he talked through a recipe and acted out the steps in mid-air. He was so full of enthusiasm.

Pat was a great man first and foremost. He loved Debra and always beamed with pride over Sylvia when I saw them outside the VAT at AWA. Whenever someone needed help he was more than willing to give it; be it tech advice, tasty food, or a bone crushing hug. As a recipient of all three, I know that his memory will live on through all the people he touched and the community he helped inspire.

The Garinos

August 28, 2012

We only knew Patrick for a short time but he became a very good friend in that time. He was a wonderful husband and father. They say that babies and dogs are the best judges of character. According to our daughter, Patrick was undoubtedly one of the best. When she would see him, he would always greet her with a big smile and "Hi"! This would quickly be followed by her running up to him with hands outspread to be picked up, something she normally doesn't do. Whether it was to sit on his shoulders to see everything around or to be half of the famous double-baby lift with her best friend Sylvia, our daughter was always very excited to see Patrick. Debra and Sylvia you are in our thoughts and prayers. *HUGS*

Bev Parnell

August 28, 2012

One evening about eleven years ago, my daughter Debra was telling me about a guy she had become friends with. From the way she spoke—the sound of her voice, her inflection, her demeanor, I could tell I needed to pay attention and this was not just another “friend.” I asked her, “Debra, is this someone I need to know about?” She softly glowed as she said, “Yes.” I knew this was someone very special to her, and I then heard the name Patrick Bohnet for the first time. She laughed as she told about his big bear hug that “cracked my back” when they first met. It was quite some time later that I actually met Patrick, and to be honest, I was quite skeptical. This giant of a guy and his world of gaming and warcraft and computers and anime was so foreign to my world. This protective mother had caution flags popping up at every turn. But the one thing that stood out the most, even more than his size, was his gentleness. We had opposing points of view on many topics, but he always showed absolute respect when we disagreed. I'm sure that is what won me over: his gentleness, his kindness, his thoughtful consideration, his respectful attitude. And over the years, I have been blessed to watch the love between Patrick & Debra grow. I cannot count the number of times Patrick said to me, “I want you to know that I love your daughter, and I just want to take care of her.” And it showed in the way he looked at her, the way he treated her. He absolutely adored her, and she loved him back the same way. Patrick also knew just which of Debra's buttons to push to get the reaction he wanted—sometimes to get a rise out of her, sometimes to get a laugh out of her. (All of Patrick's friends know what I am talking about when I say that he loved pushing people's buttons. You just had to look at the twinkle in his eye and the “gotcha” look, followed by a good chuckle.) What Patrick & Debra had between them was very special. And then along came Sylvia. In all of my life I have never known any man who was so thrilled at being a father. He never stopped being in awe of being a Daddy. Every day he would say, “I'm a Daddy, this is my little girl.” He would pick her up in those big hands of his and she was right where she wanted to be. This Daddy absolutely loved his little girl. Debra was to take second seat for a while, as Sylvia dangled him from her little finger. Everything else could wait when Sylvia was with Daddy; his world revolved around his little girl. My heart breaks in knowing that Sylvia will be denied all those “would-have-been, should-have-been” moments with her Daddy.

As for me personally, I don't know if any man has ever been more considerate of his mother-in-law. So kind, so caring, so considerate in so many ways, even to the point that as they looked to buy a new house, he wanted to make sure that it could accommodate me. Patrick had already made the decision that when I would retire, I would be living with them. I feel that I have lost not a son-in-law, but I have lost a second son. Patrick, you leave a mighty, mighty big hole in so many lives—especially Debra's and Sylvia's, your parents', and mine for sure.

I pray daily for my Debra and Sylvia as they struggle to move forward one step at a time. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalm 34:18 NLT)

Bryant Zimmerman

August 23, 2012

Patrick introduced me to the world of anime. I had the privilege of working with him as a sponsor for several years on the Iron Chef Video Edit competition and anime conventions around the country. The late nights on the phone preparing for the events and cramming people into hotel rooms to make budgets work and the events possible. Patrick was a true man of big ideas and great things. His fun loving spirit and love of being with others was a gift to all that know him. His love for Debra was apparent from the first moment I saw them together something quite special to see. It had been some time since I had last talked with him but he often would come to mind each time I saw a DDR / Iron Chef DVD around the house or office. His legacy will live on in the twinkle of Sylvia's eye and smile on her face. Debra you and Sylvia are in Jen and My prayers may God bless you and give you peace as you walk this road of loss and healing.

Bryant Zimmerman

Hugh Miller

August 13, 2012

He was one of life's great people to know. So very sorry he's gone.

Sarah Wenn

August 11, 2012

I have known Patrick since AWA 8. From the many long drives down to his house, with fellow friends from our college campus, to learn computer editing techniques, watching anime/film shorts, and playing Halo. It was through him that I have met many extraordinary individuals that I would never have guessed had similar interests in certain topics as me. He had a knack of finding connections between people, and making sure that everyone left his presence with a smile and a new friend or two. It is a sad that we will not hear his enthusiasm for the little things during the convention that we take for granted until he points them out. I think we will all miss the random dirty comment or joke to take us off guard and ease the tension or stress in a conversation. For such a big guy, he really could make the largest of bad moments become one of the small things to not fret about with a single hug.