James D. Patrick, Jr., age 80, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., he was the son of the late James D. Patrick, Sr., and Florence Honeywell. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Patrick of Ocean Pines. He is also survived by his children, James D. Patrick of Singapore, Jacqueline Eastwick of New York, Colleen Ryan and her husband, Andrew of Virginia, and Kevin D. Patrick of New York.
Also surviving are his sisters, Yvonne Thornton and her husband, Robert of Florida, and Veldean Roberts of Florida. There are also six grandchildren and nephew.
Mr. Patrick worked his entire life in the engineering industry, first for the NASA space missions in the 1960s in Florida before moving to the Washington, D.C. area to work in the defense industry.
He loved Hank Williams, Billy Graham and the Washington Redskins. He was a season ticket holder since 1969 and attended three of their Super Bowls. He loved all sports and would attend most every game his children participated and often coached their youth teams. He was also known to start youth swimming and baseball teams where none existed providing great exercise, camaraderie and a sense of community. He enjoyed being an amateur journalist writing about youth sports in the Laurel Leader in Laurel, Md. He was proud of his affiliation with his sons’ high school–DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md.– where he was active in their band boosters organization.
Among his many contributions, he could be found annually driving the nationally acclaimed band’s musical instruments all over the country to participate in competitions.
A Memorial Mass was held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home.
Letters of condolence may be shared with the family at Burbage@BurbageFuneralHome.com.