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Patrick Reidy

September 6, 2022

It is with great sadness that the family of Patrick announces his passing on September 6, 2022 in his 98th year. Pat was a member of one of London’s oldest Irish families. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley (née Dickenson) in 1999; his youngest son, David, in 1981; grandson Stephen in 2021; his parents Joseph and Jean (née Fortnum) Reidy; his brothers John, Joseph, Kenneth, Donald and William; and his sisters Jean, Madeline, Violet, and Margaret. Dear father of Brian, Carol, Wayne, Diannia (Chris Pinnell) and Joseph (Becky). Grandfather of Shawn (Suzanne), Kimberley, Brent (Joninne), Patrick (Jessica), Wade (Kara), Luke and Franciline. Great-grandfather of Kyle, Dawson, Sydnee, Kaleb, Quintin, Nevaeh, Ryleigh, Kellen, Oakleigh, Stephen Jr., Grayson, Liam, Grace, Alexander and Holly. Dearly missed by his best friend, Margaret Chambers and the mother of grandchildren Stephen Jr. and Grace, Christina.

It is said the greatest of virtues are: “Love of God and Love of Country.” Pat’s love for them both had no ending. An ardent Catholic, Pat was of St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica with his Irish family’s membership dating back to 1854. Pat was a proud Irish Canadian, being a Veteran of World War 2 and the Korean War, having gone overseas in 1942 at the age of 17. He saw service in England, France (Normandy), Belgium, Holland and Germany, returning to Canada in October 1945. By order of the President of the Republic of France, Pat was awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour. This distinction is the highest national honour of France. It is awarded in recognition of personal involvement in the liberation of France during World War 2. Pat saw further service overseas in Korea and Japan from 1951-52. He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a Legion member for more than 70 years. He was a life member of the R.C.R. Association, as well as a life member of the former Letter Carrier’s Union of Canada.

Pat was an active member of the Memory Project from its inception, and was an active speaker at all levels in the education field, service clubs, and other organizations. Pat’s love for the Dutch Canada community was well-known and he took great pride in being an active participant in many of their functions honouring Canadian War Veterans. Pat was also a friend of Bill Wilson and actively pursued that friendship for well over 60 years.

Family and friends will be received at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Legion Memorial Service will be conducted by the Royal Canadian Legion on September 8, 2022 at 6:45 p.m. Funeral Mass to be conducted at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue, London, on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with interment at St. Peter’s Cemetery, London.

Donations for those who wish may be made to the Victory Legion Poppy Fund in Pat’s memory.

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Marg and Pat's entire family, my deepest sympathy to all. It has taken me a little bit of time to send condolence to all as I had to wrap my head around the news of Pat passing, just figured he'd always be there, as he was a large part of our family, in 1963 with the drowning and search for family and a big supporter of little Sella my mom at the legion, saw him last at his 90th birthday party. He made a beautiful framed picture of a poem relating to the poppy for my mom which our family will always cherish. He will never be forgotten by our family, I can just imagine the fish stories he is sharing with my uncle. Rest in peace Pat you deserve those wings. Nancy and family Clinton ,ON

~ Nancy Scriver

Sincere condolences to the Reidy family, and to Pat's friend and partner, Marg. Our paths crossed in several different ways throughout the years and it was our privilege to have known such a great man as Pat. He was a true leader in the community, and will always be remembered.

~ Linda and Dave Jordan

Hello Brian, Carol and family - I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. I feel very lucky to have known him. I always had great respect for him. He stood out as a true leader and was admired by countless co-workers and others he came in contact with. My thoughts are with you - take care and stay safe -

~ Alan J Shepherd

Pat was a surrogate Grandfather to me. I am very grateful to Pat for being a companion to my Nanny for so many years. He was a hero to me and always will be. I'll will miss him very much. RIP Pat

~ Matthew Chambers

Go Rest High The Mountain, Your Work Here On Earth Is Done. Thank You For The Service To Your Country, I Am Forever in Your Debt. You Were And Still Will Be A Hero In My Eyes. Thank You Sir.

~ David Chambers

To all the family and Marg, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your father lived a long and full life but that doesn’t make it any easier to loose a loved one. Hoping the good memories will see you through this difficult time.

~ Cathy & Brad Lambert

My condolences to his family and friends. I enjoyed speaking with Pat every Sunday morning at St. Joe's hospital. May he now rest in peace.

~ Gail Long

My deepest condolences to Pat's family and his partner Margaret. Pat was a true Gentleman. He was proud of his Family, Irish Heritage, the Military and Alcoholics Anonymous. I was truly blessed for our friendship and his mentorship. Rest in Peace Dear Pat.

~ Tom McGarry

Our sincerest condolences to Brian, Carol, Wayne, Diannia, Joe and the entire Reidy family as well as Margaret Chambers. Uncle Pat was an amazing person and led a remarkable life. We feel so lucky that he was part of our lives. R.I.P. Uncle Pat.

~ John & Jackie Dobbyn

A donation has been made to Victory Legion Poppy Fund.

~ John & Jackie Dobbyn

Sincere condolences to Pat’s family and his partner Margaret. Pat was a fine Irish ☘️ Canadian gentleman who will be greatly missed by so many of us. I will miss his smiling face, twinkling eyes, and his good sense of humour. May his memory be a blessing.

~ Pat Paterson

Condolences to family ! We often speak about Pat remembering his dedication to the postal workers he represented! And especially his words and wisdom and stories he shared of his days serving his Country! God speak Pat and thank you! Your battle has been won!

~ Bob and Beth McKinlay

Services for Patrick Reidy

Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

September 8, 2022 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

September 8, 2022 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Legion Memorial Service will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

September 8, 2022 6:45 pm

Funeral Mass will be held at:
St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica
196 Dufferin Avenue,
London, Ontario

September 9, 2022 10:00 am

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London, Ontario  N5W 4J5

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