October 18, 1948 – January 7, 2020
Patrick J. McTavish, 71, of St. James Plantation, Southport, North Carolina, passed away on January 7, 2020, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Bolivia.
Patrick was born in Pontiac, Michigan, to J.C. and Margaret McDevitt McTavish on October 18, 1948. He was a graduate of Olathe High School in Olathe, Kansas, and held a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas. He married Rebecca Massey on April 23, 1971, in Olathe, Kansas. His early career as a writer for The Packer, a national publication for the fresh produce industry, defined his career path. He became sales manager, and later general manager of Consolidated Orchard Company in Paw Paw, West Virginia, working there for sixteen years. In 1989 he joined Keystone Fruit Marketing in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, first as a produce broker and then as director of operations and retired in 2013. He also served in the Army National Guard for six years.
Patrick was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother, Clara Krudwig McTavish. He is survived by his wife Rebecca, three children, Heather McTavish Doucet and husband Shane, Brandon McTavish, and Devon McTavish and wife Emily, and six grandchildren, Reese, Massey and Sisi Doucet; Jackson, Elle and Molly McTavish, all from Northern Virginia. He also leaves behind brothers Michael McTavish and spouse Dan, Matthew McTavish, Gregory McTavish and wife Vicki, nephew Justin McTavish, niece Megan Hutton and husband Travis, and three grandnephews, from the greater Kansas City area.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Winchester, Virginia, for many years, and after moving to Southport, joined Sacred Heart Church here. In retirement he enjoyed volunteering at the local food bank, golfing, and fishing. He treasured spending time with his family, especially participating on the sidelines of his grandchildren’s sports activities, and joining them at the beach. As a youth he became an Eagle Scout and a member of Order of the Arrow. He was also a devoted D.C. United Soccer and Kansas City Chiefs Football fan.
He is remembered by his family and friends as a person with a kind and loving heart and a wonderful sense of humor that stayed with him throughout his entire life.
A memorial service in Winchester, Virginia, and A Celebration of Life in St. James Plantation will take place at later dates.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, 733 Third Avenue, Suite 510, New York, New York 10017, or the Southport Oak Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 711, Oak Island, NC 28465.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the medical staff and volunteers of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their incredible kindness and compassion to Patrick as well as to his children and grandchildren. Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.
Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.
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January 10, 2020
Pat was a very good man. My parents and myself respected him very much. He was very involved in the community of Paw Paw WV and saw that Consolidated Orchards contributed back to the community. He was involved with the Paw Paw Library and the High School. He will be sorely missed. God bless his family in their time of grief.
January 8, 2020
Thinking and praying for you all. Patrick was such an active participant in making memories for all the kids of Fox Lair. I will never forget the nights we spent each summer playing games in the front yard of your home. Love, Laura
Mark DiGeronimo Family
January 8, 2020
We are very sorry for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
I didn't know Patrick for a long time but the first time I met him I liked him. I could tell he was a good guy with a big heart and a quick wit. Whenever I saw him he always had a smile on his face. Rest in peace my friend.