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Patrick Gaffney
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 25, 1935
  • Place of birth:
    Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 19, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Sarasota, Florida, United States
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Funeral and Celebration of Life will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Sarasota on Monday, Oct. 24th at 9:30 with a gathering immediate following.  “More the merrier” as he would say, but we would like to get an idea of how many will be attending so we have ample food.  Please click here to let us know if you will be attending.  

There will also be a  Mass will be said in his honor Jan. 25th, 2017 @ 9:50 am at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Mentor. 

His final remains will be buried at Sarasota National Cemetery with thousands of other Veterans.  

With his belief in providing for solid education opportunities and his love for sports, a Scholarship has been established in his name that will be awarded to high school senior athletes getting ready to pursue a college education.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Patrick Gaffney scholarship fund thru the non-profit Sarasota Area Sports Alliance, P.O. Box 663, Sarasota, FL 34230 

Our Dad had an amazing impact on our lives and that of many more.  We would love to use this forum to keep his memory alive for his grandchildren and great grandchildren and the future generations to come.  

With such a long and colorful history, we would love for you to share!  

Please share pictures of PLG with us and feel free to add a caption.  
In the video section, we would LOVE for you to share your favorite Pat story. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, just grab your phone and do a selfie video and share away.  Try to keep it clean......haha, that might not be possible, just do your best (smile!)

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Paul Burens on 26th October 2016

"Rex Gator! So many great times in Ohio and Florida. I wish you were here to see the Indians win the World Series- you played all nine innings!"

This tribute was added by Mohamed A Atassi M.D on 24th October 2016

"We share with with Terry and Danny and Molly and all the Gaffney family the loss of Pat  a good kind friend and Pearson and a good grand father of my grand children Alex,Hannah,Tara Gaffney.
Dr.& Mrs. Atassi"

This tribute was added by Andrew Burnside on 23rd October 2016

"Pat was probably the most positive person I have ever met.  He was uplifting in ways that only Pat could be.   He lived life to the fullest and faced its ups and downs with dignity.  Sincere condolences to his family--your dad was 'one of a kind'. Rest In Peace, Andy & Arlene"

This tribute was added by Kathy Goss on 23rd October 2016

"Sending peace and love to all of Pat's family. A big smile is a lovely legacy to leave behind when Big Pat comes to mind. So many funny idioms that still make me giggle. Brilliant fun man. Big hugs to the Gaffney clan."

This tribute was added by Tim McGrath on 23rd October 2016

"Patrick was a big part of my life. His presence as a youngster , his laugh ,his smile will forever be with  me.I became very close to Pat when I worked for him at Gaffney  Advertising , to Pat I was ,hey kid , I was attending  Lakeland C.C. I played basketball  there and on several game nights w my mom and dad in attendance , I'd  look  up  in  the  stands and there's Gaffney ,with a bag full of beers he brought w him for the students. I had the use of van which I used to deliver  and pick up for Gaf, and whenever we (me and Pat ) hit something it was in Pats words either minor or major league hits . One trip coming off the freeway all 4 tires came off the van , I continued  on to a gas station very  near by , called Gaffney ,and his reply was ,sounds like a major leaguer kid , come pick me up when it's fixed , God Blessed me to have this man in my life.Heaven is now a better place . Phil McGrath and Pat Gaffney  , together again . Smiling on us ."

This tribute was added by Greg McGrath on 22nd October 2016

"I have just heard about Pat and was just thinking of him the other day. My dad was his Uncle Phil "Unc" to Pat. They were great friends and characters. When my dad had stroke years ago Pat visited late at night bearing gifts of a hockey stick and encouragement. I swear I have a memory of watching a Jets-Browns game and Pat was playing catch w/ Joe Namath on the sidelines. His younger cousins looked up to our bigger than life cousin. He didn't read history, he made it! No coincidence the Indians won the championship on Wednesday and now the Cubs! The obituary was perfect for a man who there are not enough words to describe. We loved him and our prayers are with his family and friends."

This tribute was added by Ellen Reiling on 21st October 2016

"Years ago after dad died, I stayed with mom for a while with my two young boys. Every morning we found donuts or Danish by the front door. HMMM.. Up early one morning, I spied the elf,
a giant elf with a striking resemblance to Pat although he'd never "fess" up!  Pat, I bet there's a big box of donuts waiting for you when you get to heaven. Bless your big heart!"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Lantz on 21st October 2016

"Love you D.O.D"


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This memorial is administered by:

Chelsea Clarkson
Jennifer Lantz
molly jackson
Maureen St Onge

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