MARQUETTE, Mich. - George Patrick, Sr., 95, of Marquette, a member of the Greatest Generation, passed away peacefully on October 25, at Mill Creek Assisted Living surrounded by his family.
Born in Detroit in 1916 to John and Maria Patrick, George was the middle of three handsome brothers.
After high school he went to work for Michigan Bell, and during that time met Rose Carpinelli who would later become his wife and mother of his children. At the outbreak of World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Army. George attained the rank of T-Sgt., installing communication systems with an overseas tour starting in North Africa, then to Sicily, Italy and on to the liberation of Europe. After the war he married Rose and returned to Michigan Bell where he spent his entire career and got busy with family life.
George Patrick Sr.
George always had time for an old friend or to make a new one, and frequently helped with projects for friends and family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brother, Jim and his sons. He was a supreme craftsman, capable of doing electrical work, carpentry, masonry and mechanics. The family's first color TV he assembled from a kit. Later in life he repaired and built clocks and crafted many items for his families' homes. Upon retirement George and Rose moved to Lake Gogebic where they lived for twenty years. Then they moved to Marquette to be closer to family, living at Tourville Apartments until moving to Mill Creek in 2008.
During their time in Marquette, George and Rose enjoyed time with family and friends and donating their time to Peter White Public Library and Bay Cliff Health Camp. A devout Catholic, he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
George and Rose's love, care and concern for one another is a lasting legacy to everyone who knew them. George will always be remembered as a devoted husband and father, a hard worker who showed respect to all he met. He is survived by his wife of 67 years; son George Jr.; daughter, Mary (Jeff) Burtch both of Marquette; son John (Sandy) of Ramsay; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maria, and brothers, Jim and John.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the angels of Mill Creek for their loving care.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 2 p.m. in St. Christopher Catholic Church with the Rev. Jeff Johnson officiating. The Patrick family will greet relatives and friends one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will take place at the Holy Cross Cemetery. George's family members will act as pallbearers.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider a donation to Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O. Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808 in Mr. Patrick's memory.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at www.canalefuneral.com