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MARSDEN, Patrick F.
Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Broadcaster, died peacefully surrounded by his family, on Thursday, April 27th, 2006 at the age of 69 years. November 8th, 1936 was a day Mary Kathleen McGOVERN- MARSDEN would never forget. This was the day she would give birth to a happy, healthy, bright-eyed, bouncing baby boy, whom she would name Patrick, after her beloved father. As the years passed, Patrick held true the hope that every mother wishes for her child, to become a good and decent individual in society and someone who would by their example inspire others. Indeed, Patrick Frank MARSDEN will be remembered for his extraordinary ability in the world of broadcasting. He is recognized in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the many sports arenas in which the sound of his voice, still echos the play by play. He loved sports, all sports. He played every kind of sport as a child in his home town of Ottawa, Ontario. He often regaled Friends and family with great stories, all filled with laughter and fun about his early years growing up in Woodroffe, or his days at St. Pat's High School, where he would meet lifelong Friends. Pat would never hesitate to tell you what a wonderful childhood he and his brother Bill experienced. Remembered by all who knew him, to be a straight shooter, he would always, "Tell it like it was", you always knew where he stood on the issues. He was never afraid to take the unpopular stand, as a sports broadcast journalist or as an individual; Pat MARSDEN never sacrificed his integrity. Above all else though, "Rosy", "Rolly", "Pinky", just a few of the nick-names his buddies had for him, Pat will always be remembered for his incredible, contagious and often irreverent sense of humor, his bright intellect and sparkling wit!! Even if you were really angry or upset with him, somehow that humour would take you over and you couldn't help thinking, this rosy-cheeked Irishman had indeed kissed the Blarney Stone and that he was truly funny and very smart!! Humor was his gift to the world, more than any other facet of his personality or his countless broadcasting accomplishments. His legacy to his children and his grandchildren is that wit and amazing sense of humor; forever genetically linked, meet any of them and you will instantly recognize that the "Marsden Wit" lives on!! Mary Kathleen or "Rose", as Pat so affectionately referred to his mother all her life and his, would be very proud of her boy. In the final and very short months of his life following his diagnosis of inoperable cancer, he was an example to all who knew and loved him. He never lost that unstoppable sense of humor nor did he for a moment feel sorry for himself or his lot in life, if anything, he was more concerned for the well being of those who stopped by for a visit. The outpouring of affection generated from the many Friends he collected over a lifetime was heartwarming to his family, as friend after friend appeared at his hospital door. They came from all over the country and south of the border just to say hello and tell him what was in their hearts. He expressed his satisfaction with a life well lived and a profound joy in the family and Friends that loved and surrounded him all the days of his life. His only wish was to be able to watch one more Grey Cup game, "Some Sunday in November", somehow you have to know he will find a way to do just that. Pat MARSDEN is survived by his wife Terryanne, his daughter Taylor and son Connor. Also survived by, Barbara MARSDEN and their children, Patti-lee INACIO, Michael MARSDEN, and Ruthmary DALLMAN; son-in-law, Carl INACIO; daughter-in-law Antoinette MARSDEN; cherished "Poppy" to grandchildren; Christopher and Bradley MEHLENBACHER; Matthew and Patrick MARSDEN; Derek and Nicholas DALLMAN; brother Bill MARSDEN of Ottawa. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (South of Wellesley) on Sunday, April 30th from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Monday, May 1st from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Parking adjacent to the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Michael's Cathedral (Bond at Shuter) on Tuesday, May 2nd at 10: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome financial support for the new,"Pat Marsden Shamrock Club"; providing sports bursaries for kids from families with limited income: Please forward contributions to: 'Pat Marsden Shamrock Club': c/o Promotivate International Inc. 175 Bloor Street, East, North Tower, Suite 1601, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3R8 (please include your complete address with your donation, to ensure accurate mailing of charitable receipts.) or e-mail: PMshamrockclub@aol.com Condolences may be left at www.mem.com
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