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In Loving Memory of

Patrick James Gallagher

1962-2022

Obituary of Patrick James Gallagher

It is with heavy and broken hearts we announce the loss of our much loved cousin, uncle, and friend, Patrick “Pat” Gallagher. With family at his side, on May 1, 2022, Pat passed away after a brief but difficult and courageous battle with cancer. He had, just weeks ago, celebrated his 60th birthday.

Patrick was the much loved and favoured cousin of many, but especially to Lorrie Daniels (Mark), Terrie Finelli (Tony), and Wayne Hewitt (Dawn), and a very special Uncle to Meghan Milner (Matt), Kelly Borojevic (Matija), and Jacob Antonio (Amanda). He will be missed by his friends, especially by his closest friends Carol and Gary Dyck.

All who met him loved him and knew him as a gentle giant; a teddy bear with an enormous heart and his booming laughter. Patrick was predeceased by his sisters Wendy (1962) and Cheryl (1983), his father Don (1987), his sister Faye (1999), and most recently his mom, Betty (2015).
Patrick grew up in Queenston and played many sports in his youth. After declining an opportunity to play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1983, Patrick became a plumber and worked at Warren’s Plumbing and Heating in Niagara-on-the-Lake until an injury occurred. He was re-educated at Niagara College and became a certified building inspector in 2003 for the County of Brant, in Paris, Ontario. This was a role he thoroughly enjoyed alongside his work family.


Patrick was well known in Niagara. He continued to enjoy all sports as a spectator throughout his life, especially his Buffalo Bills. His happy place was at his cottage in Ahmic Harbour, in Lorrie’s kitchen, or anywhere singing with Meghan.

The family is so grateful to Dr. Michelle Ghert for her excellent care and advocacy on Patrick’s behalf, to our Social Worker Kristen, whose support was invaluable, and to the nursing staff at Juravinski Cancer Hospital on F4 for their care and compassion.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133). As per Patrick’s wishes cremation has taken place. The family will host a celebration of life on May 29, 2022 at the Niagara on the Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Lane, Niagara on the Lake, the Simpsons Room, from 12:00pm - 4:00pm as maximum room capacity at any one time can be 70 people. Please view Pat’s tribute page for further information. Memorial donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Online condolences may be shared on Patrick’s tribute page found at EssentialsNiagara.com.

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Ann-Marie Kungl
2 months ago

We were heartbroken to hear the news. Pat was part of our cottage family over the past 6 years and we enjoyed many good tails at the lake. A man that always keeps you in good company with laughter and sports trivia. Our extended family will be planting a tree for Pat and we have made a donation to CF in his memory. We have put aside the Christmas card he sent which will now be part of our decorations each year. We dearly miss him and will keep the sound of his chuckle close to our hearts. Big blanket hugs from Joe, Suzy, Curtis, Jenny, Wyatt, Lane, Joe and Ann-Marie

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Eric Miles
2 months ago

Pat and I worked together at the County of Brant. He was a funny, generous and all around great person. We shared a lot of laughs talking about sports, music and fishing. His encyclopedic knowledge of sports stats and events was second to none, and nobody told stories better than him. His signature cackle would always put a smile on my face. The world was a better place because of him and he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.

Richard Weidhaas
3 months ago

The County of Brant would like to extend our condolences to Pats family and friends. Pat had been with the county since 2003 and held a variety of positions. He was very active in our profession and was a chapter chair for the Grand Erie Chapter of the Ontario Building Officials Association, he was also an active member of the board for the Ontario Plumbing Inspectors Association. Pat was a dedicated and experienced building inspector and was our go to guy for all the plumbing related code questions.
Pat was very memorable at our work functions and had been the long standing Santa Claus and the work Christmas party.

He will be missed. Rest in peace Patman.

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Chris Case
3 months ago

My condolences to Pat’s family and friends.

I have so many fond memories of Pat from our high school days. It was nice to reconnect on FB so many years later.

He was a large and generous spirit.

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Jennifer Mayhew
3 months ago

My sincere condolences to Pat’s family. I will miss coming into work in the mornings and hearing Pat singing at his desk. It was a pleasure working with Pat and will truly miss him in the building department.

Patty and Jeremy
3 months ago

Jeremy and I send our love . A donation has been made to CF Foundation in Loving Memory of Patrick Gallagher.❤️

Stewart Capell
3 months ago

My sincere condolences to Pat’s loved ones , so sorry for your loss, Pat and I went through public and High school, played minor hockey together. Though we had lost touch, still very sad to here of his passing, may he be at peace.

Kelly Nykorak
3 months ago

My deepest condolences to Pat’s family. I have good memories of working with Pat at the County and Pat will be missed.

Aileen Edwards
3 months ago

Very sorry for your loss, condolences to the family.

Douglas Campbell
3 months ago

I’ve known Pat since high school. We went to the final four in New Orleans with Dean and Casey , memories I will always cherish. Always could count on a Christmas card from Pat each year and am so thankful we were able to talk this Christmas. Like all of us Pat was a real true blue and great Bills fan. Crazy times were had by all and Pat was always in the mix. Pat was a great friend and I am going to miss him.

Love you always big guy. Doug Campbell

Angela Coruzzi
3 months ago

Lorrie, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May the love you shared keep within you. Angela

todd davis
3 months ago

Sorry for your family’s loss Lorrie. Godbless.

Sheree Bond
3 months ago

Dear Lorrie and family, my heart goes out to you all. Thinking of you and sending you my thoughts, Sheree

George & Barb Warren
3 months ago

We have many fond memories of Pat. He had a great sense of humour. Very sad to hear of his passing.

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Paula Wilson
3 months ago

So sorry to hear about Pat, went to high school together and he was always such a sweet guy with a great heart. Condolences to the family.

Mike Harris
3 months ago

My heart broke when I heard the news of your passing.
Growing up, there wasn’t a day that went by that we didn’t speak, we didn’t laugh, we were always together, best friends! I will never forget the great times that we had together. I will never forget you and all that you did for me. Love you Pappy!
To Pat’s family and friends, my sincere condolences for the loss of this great guy!

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Bully
3 months ago

My sympathy goes out to the family of Pat. Anyone who knew him knows he was an amazing athelete and a great friend with a big heart. For me my friendship with Pat began at NDSS playing cards on a spare and then slo-pitch when he was always going for that extra base. And then there was the Bills games, every game was like a new chapter in a book. I will miss those good times and his laughter. Pat I know you will always be with us and now you are with our other Bills Mafia brothers Rod, Grant and John. Have a good game Pat.

Willy & Rita Mines
3 months ago

We were so sad to hear the passing of Pat. I grew up around him as did many of my friends at a time when you either had to pick up a phone or just show up at the house. He coached me in ball then we coached together in hockey, and just hung out. Starting in the late 80’s and through the early 90’s, Pat, myself and a group of us had season tickets to the Bills games. The friendship and memories will last forever.. Gone too soon my friend. God Bless

Karen V.ellenga
3 months ago

My sympathy to the family on the loss of Pat. I have many good memories of working with Pat at the County. He will be missed.

Deb and Dino Pozzobon
3 months ago

So sad to hear about Patrick’s passing.
Happy we were able to keep in touch thru the years
Deb Dino Eric and Ryan Pozzobon ❤️

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Lynne McManus
3 months ago

My heartfelt condolences to
all the friends and family he
left behind, especially Carol and Gary Dyck. Rest in the arms of Angels

Una Lachnit
3 months ago

So sorry to hear of pat’s passing we have known him since a child ,knew the family well
He will be missed

Erna Booth
3 months ago

Pat will be missed by all his County of Brant of girls. He was always there for us girls and made a great Santa at Christmas as well as our valentine guy. Pat missed his mom so l am sure they are having a grand reunion. Many good memories of Pat.

Lois and Ray Hobbs
3 months ago

We were just talking about as I used to call him “my Patty Cakes” of his time working for us at Butlers Den. He was first my protector. When I worked the bar late at night he would stay to make sure I and our other lady bartenders were safe. He always was there to lend a hand, which turned into me asking him if he wanted to work there. He worked in the kitchen and I could tell countless stories that made us laugh until our faces hurt. I got to know his Mom in later years playing cards at Kinsmen euchre nights.
So sad for all of his family and close friends as I know first hand what a terrific guy he was. 💔😢

Sharon Journeau
3 months ago

I am so sorry for this loss of Patrick. I grew up in Queenston and knew the Gallagher family when they lived on Highlander.
Betty, Patrick’s mom was my baseball coach when I was young. I was sorry to hear of her passing also. I played baseball for many years after.
I babysat both Cheryl and Faye both beautiful young girls dealing with a condition they did not choose. I was amazed how cheerful they were and I thought of them often over the years.
I babysat Patrick also, always happy, smiling and I totalling see how this little guy turned out to be a teddy bear. That was his nature right from the start.
They are all together now and for those he left behind, find comfort knowing he has joined his family.
Rest In Peace.

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Melissa M
3 months ago

“Patty McPat” was the pillar of our work family. He will be so dearly missed. One life lived, many lives touched. We are better for having known him. His giant bear hugs hugs even bigger heart will never be forgotten.

Suzie Keczan
3 months ago

I send my heartfelt condolences to Pat’s family and friends. Pat really was a gentle giant and the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back. He went out of his way to show his love to all of the County ladies and I know we will all cherish those memories. I will miss our talks. Rest In Peace Patrick 🤍.

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carrie winter
3 months ago

We all loved Patrick, Betty and Faye (at John’s restaurant). Patrick was such an awesome person. Betty was always so proud of him. Rest in Peace dear Patrick…you’re with your family in Heaven now.

Lori Fox
3 months ago

I was deeply saddened to hear of Pat’s passing. I worked with him at the County and new him to be a friendly guy, always listening and singing to music and ready to laugh at my corny jokes. Rest easy Pat.

Gina antonio
3 months ago

We are so very sorry to hear of Patrick’s passing. He was such a lovely man and we know how much he meant to you all. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time❤️Rick,Gina,Samantha and Lucas Antonio

Laura Atherton
3 months ago

I’m so sorry. Pat was an integral part of my high school life and have nothing but great mementoes of him. Rest in Peace my friend. xxoo

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