I don't know where I'm going, but I promise it won't be boring.

David Bowie
  • 47 years old
  • Born on April 5, 1966 .
  • Passed away on June 27, 2013 .

Karaoke king, passionate chef and bar tender, musician, pop culture whiz, court jester, geek, baby tamer, passionate orator at any time on any subject, an ability to sleep through an earthquake, all with a racous and infectious laugh....

Posted by Megan Harrison on 13th September 2013
Dear Clare: We wanted you to know that you, your mom and all of the Roscoe family, continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that the fun and witty memories of Patrick give you comfort and peace. Our love always, Megan, Asif and the girls.
Posted by Sherri Fraser on 12th August 2013
My sincere condolences, Clare, to you and your family. Every time I met Patrick, he was filled with such amazing energy, laughter, quick wit, and spontaneous ideas. I know you will draw strength from all of the wonderful memories and heartfelt embraces from everyone who loved him. It was too soon.
Posted by Graham Martland on 14th July 2013
I will always remember Patrick as an energetic and highly entertaining cousin, whose presence kicked things up a notch. His knowledge of music, movies, and the arts in general never ceased to amaze me. His laugh was incredibly contagious and seemed to embody his boundless enthusiasm. RIP Patrick
Posted by Erin Kim Turnbull McCall on 11th July 2013
Dearest Patrick...brightest star in heaven now...I had wanted to find you and tell you that I named my first born daughter Cassandra....I had meant to tell you for ages. I am so sorry to have missed the opportunity. You would love her. You and she are kindred spirits. I am sending your family my heartfelt sympathy. You are simply irreplaceable. Love and Hugs Always, "Cassandra"
Posted by Shari Mayman on 8th July 2013
To Clare and the entire Roscoe family, I extend my sincere condolences on your tremendous loss. I only met Patrick a few times, but his personality clearly filled a room and drew others to him. May you be comforted by your memories of him, and by the wonderful words and thoughts shared by so many here.
Posted by Stephen Dickey on 7th July 2013
Pat: I was heartbroken to hear of your sons passing. Such fond memories of great times together in the past. Deepest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Joyce Dickey and family.
Posted by Melanie Mortensen on 7th July 2013
I was only a long-distance friend who had the chance to meet him in person a few times. I am so sad he is gone. I am so terribly sad for all of you, his so-spectacularly-loved family and friends who knew him better. I only hope I can touch people's lives a little like he did mine. With all my heart. "love, love, love" Melanie
Posted by Peter Carlos on 6th July 2013
My deepest condolences to the Roscoe family for the loss of my very great friend Patrick. I have had no words to express my grief until now after a wonderful day with the family, being regaled with stories about Patrick. I cannot thank you enough for helping me to celebrate what he gave to us.
Posted by Katherine Bishop on 6th July 2013
I just found a quote that Patrick left as a comment on the Youtube clip of October Game playing at a club on Gottingen St. He was clearly very happy to have had that chance and left this comment: "Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive but to be young was very heaven!" - william wordsworth
Posted by Brendan Martland on 5th July 2013
I always smile when I remember cousin Patrick, a truly unique and memorable soul. A Walt Whitman quote makes me think of him: "This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun and the animals, have patience and indulgence toward the people, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem."
Posted by Robert Stairs on 5th July 2013
Patrick was a clear leader in our class at the Halifax Grammar School – not by force, but by sheer, brilliant wit. He was widely-known throughout the school for his to-the-word recitations of scenes from Monty Python, SNL, SCTV, Blues Brothers, Rocky Horror Picture Show, etc., and his performance, in grade 9, of the Yeats poem “The Scholars” is probably the world's best ever! ... Nerf!
Posted by Allison FitzGerald on 5th July 2013
On behalf of The FitzGerald's we would like to extent our deepest sympathy for your loss. The Roscoe Family have been long stand family friends and this has come as quite a shock. God Bless. Paddy and Dunny FitzGerald (and Family)
Posted by Robert Stairs on 5th July 2013
Patrick figures prominently in my best memories of growing up in Halifax. He was a great friend, and it is not an exaggeration to say that he changed my life – through music, of course. Following his example, I took up percussion in grade 7, throwing violin lessons out the window in the process! I never looked back, and drums have been a favourite pastime ever since.
Posted by Greg Brown on 5th July 2013
On behalf of all Brothers of Phi Kappa Pi Fraternity, I wish to extend our sincere condolences to Clare, Willie and family on the passing of your son and brother Patrick Roscoe. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Greg Brown, President
Posted by Alyce Feindel on 5th July 2013
An exceptional boy/man from an exceptional family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Feindel family
Posted by Joseph Shea on 5th July 2013
For me, Patrick was incredibly funny, zany, and creative. And his laugh! He had an infectious and singular laugh. My thoughts today are with the Roscoes, the Stewarts, and the Martlands, as they remember their remarkable son, sibling, and cousin, and nephew. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by Glenn Steffler on 5th July 2013
My heartfelt best wishes go out to those who loved and cared for Patrick. His quick wit and biting sarcasm disguised a gentle and sensitive soul. He had generous talents crossing art and science, and will be fondly remembered for his uniqueness.
Posted by Jonathan Feindel on 4th July 2013
Heartfelt condolences to Patrick's family. An outstanding gentlemen he was and gone too soon.
Posted by Steve Bearss on 4th July 2013
My heart goes out to the Stewart, Martland and Roscoe families as they gather in both body and spirit, to say goodbye to Patrick. He was my cousin-in-law and I am grateful to have known him. Eloquent, mystical, musical. I will always remember his infectious laugh. Halifax did well to defer their fireworks onto Patrick’s day. Tomorrow will be perfect. Goodbye Patrick.
Posted by Irene Suchocki on 4th July 2013
Patrick was both the most serious and the silliest person I have ever met. He was always seeking out the best that life had to offer so that he could share it with friends. He had more talent, wit, and intelligence than any person I have known. I was always amazed at the number and calibre of friends he had; a true testament to him. His absence leaves a giant hole in the world.
Posted by John Martland on 4th July 2013
Patrick, my nephew, was always a lively wee man as a child with a remarkable ability to entertain! Whether Dracula suddenly appearing outside the window at Lizard, or playing improvised melodies on the piano, or chatting happily in the Waldorf Astoria about all the shows we should see, he never faile to amuse and stimulate. An extraordinary person, I dearly remember and miss him. xx John
Posted by Brenda-Lou Guenter on 4th July 2013
I knew Patrick as a youngster and he could light up a room with his smile and laughter .... and what a mischievous grin! I recognized the youngster that I knew as I looked at the photos of the man that he became. To Pat and " the kids", you are always in my thoughts and prayers, but especially now.
Posted by Shelley Martland on 4th July 2013
When I think of Patrick, I think of laughter. He had an ability to turn a dull meal into an event to be remembered. As a child, Patrick held an almost mythical place in my mind; constantly challenging my preconceptions... Your passing leaves a space that cannot be filled, Patrick.
Posted by Katherine Bishop on 3rd July 2013
I am so very, very sorry for you all, and I send everyone my love from too, too far away. Patrick is an impossible person to sum up. I remember vividly, in high school, Patrick's laugh - it was like a whole-body, sort of elastic, or maybe electric reaction! Quite hilarious and contagious. I admired him and his many talents and I shall miss him.
Posted by Ian Chamandy on 3rd July 2013
I worked with Patrick in the 90's. He was a real renaissance guy: he could talk in an intelligent and entertaining way about so many topics. What a great brain he had. I have many fond memories about all of the interesting non-work things we talked about while we were working. His passing is shocking and sad. To his family, I extend my deepest sympathy. Your son/brother made an impact
Posted by Pat Harris on 3rd July 2013
Pat ...Ed and I were so sorry to read about Patrick in this morning's paper...From all the marvellous messages of condolences I have no doubt he was an outstanding son..even though we did not know him well we are willing to accept the tributes of those who did. We send our condolences and love to you and your family and you are all in our thoughts today.
Posted by Tom Wilson on 3rd July 2013
Although I only met Patrick a few times, I feel like I knew him very well. His family were constantly talking about what a bright, charming, kind, and good person he was. The times I met him only seemed to confirm this. My deepest sympathies to Pat, Will, and the entire Roscoe family. You guys are like my family, I love you all and share your grief. Rest in peace Patrick. GOD bless you.
Posted by Phil W. on 3rd July 2013
We never did that song, Patrick. I hope you gots some good jams now... Phil
Posted by Eddie Kestermont on 3rd July 2013
Hey Patrick, Here's a swallow to the only man in the room bigger than me, even though you're a half a foot shorter. Love you, buddy.
Posted by Mike Kobb on 3rd July 2013
I knew Patrick less well than I would have liked. We worked together for a short while at Kaleidescape, and his cheerful, witty demeanor was always welcome. As of course was his ability and intellect. Patrick was one of those people who make your sense of the world better just by your knowing they're in it.
Posted by Arlene Comeau on 3rd July 2013
To the Roscoe Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. My memories of Patrick are very happy ones. He was a kind person, who loved to entertain others.
Posted by Libby Kinghorne on 3rd July 2013
I went to high school with Patrick, knew him at CKDU and thereafter around Halifax. He was one of the most creative and fun people I have ever known, with a clever wit and sense of humour that were infectious. I thought of him often and fondly. I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of his death. I send my best wishes for peace and comfort to his family and close friends.
Posted by Donna Lypchuk on 3rd July 2013
Patrick was so loyal, candid and such a good friend ...he had amazing taste, was so well read and could sing like an angel. He was so well spoken and I think he was a great writer and social critic. My sincerest condolences to his friends and family ...we will all miss his loving encouragement wry humor, fun attitude and applied intelligence.
Posted by Barry Walsh on 3rd July 2013
There's so much to say that it's hard to isolate single thoughts. A ridiculous amount of talent, an endless capacity to recognize and nurture the talents of others, an uncanny ability to add just the right amount of unpredictability to any given situation, and a laugh that will never be replicated. In my grief, my sister told me, 'Your friends never leave you.' She's right. Cheers, dude.
Posted by Joan Parker on 3rd July 2013
It was with deep sadness that I heard of Patrick's passing. Pat you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Whenever I thought of Patrick I would smile. He had the gift of bring joy to all the lives he touched.
Posted by Arthur Dickey on 3rd July 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Patrick's passing! All my condolences to his family! My heart goes out to all of them, but particularly Will.
Posted by Kate Stewart on 2nd July 2013
I always associate Patrick with Toronto, in part because my feelings about both have been similar. As a kid I was suspicious - too many black t-shirts, too much weird music and generally too big for my internal map. As an adult - the opportunity for discussion, the great imperfections, the weird music. How could I not love? You'll always be the Elsa to my Ricard Patrick. Love Kate
Posted by Peter Dawson on 2nd July 2013
Patrick was one of his - younger - class whom my class found genuinely interesting. Others in our years grew at whatever rate into wit and sophistication - Patrick was clearly born with the former, and forged his own version of the latter. As I read the recollections of those who knew him over the intervening years, I have a keen sense of deja vu - the child was indeed father of the man.
Posted by F.Elise Doane on 2nd July 2013
A tribute.-Patrick was a reflection of his parents and carried his mother's name and love of music with pride.The tributes to Patrick are shared by his mother and siblings who can all take some credit for who he was. The flow of superlatives in the tributes is a source of comfort for family, all of whom are revived by the genuine expressions of love. With deepest sympathy, Larry and Elise
Posted by Brenda Roscoe on 2nd July 2013
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by..... John Masefield
Posted by Sonia Meanwell on 1st July 2013
Kate Bush; David Bowie; obscure movies; Othello for hours AND hours AND hours; office attire on Saturday mornings (socks always optional); childish glee; deep and often dark, but always intense conversation; painted toes; angst; intelligent; generous of home and spirit, this is the Patrick I remember. May you find your peace old friend. To the Roscoe Family, my deepest sympathies. xx
Posted by Brenda Roscoe on 1st July 2013
Although not my brother by blood, certainly a brother of my heart. Quite possibly the smartest, and most definitely the most effervescent person I've ever had the pleasure to know. Will love and miss you always and I hope and pray that our paths will cross again on the next turn of the wheel.
Posted by Jill Martland on 1st July 2013
Family gatherings will not be the same; we will miss your quirky ways, humour and wit. No more entertainer extraordinaire (for kids and adults alike), quiche maker, Mafia master, and all round delightful, fun, and wonderfully endearing person. RIP Patrick
Posted by Buffy Childerhose on 1st July 2013
I first heard the name Patrick Roscoe when I was 15. He was legendary. I spent ages hearing about him, even seeing him play but never meeting him. And when i did - I understood. Patrick was a singular human being. I'd never before met anyone like him and never shall again. It's tragic we lost him but it's wonderful that we ever had him. Clare, thanks for this. I'm so sorry.
Posted by Brock Martland on 1st July 2013
The candle image is fitting -- a candle that burned bright and gave off a great warm glow. And one gone far too soon. Thank you, Clare, for setting this website up. I am lucky and grateful to have known Patrick.
Posted by Clare Roscoe on 30th June 2013
I have nothing to declare but my genius. Oscar Wilde, 1882
Posted by Clare Roscoe on 30th June 2013
Reading through a series of David Bowie quotes - just about all of them apply to Patrick! Here's another... I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir. David Bowie

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