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Patrick "Pat" John Garrett

January 30, 1938 - June 09, 2022

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Obituary For Patrick "Pat" John Garrett

Gone Fishing June 9, 2022

Patrick “Pat” John Garrett, resident of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away in the early evening on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Prairie Lakes Seniors Community in Grande Prairie, at the age of 84 years.

Pat was born January 30, 1938, in Grande Prairie to John and Bridget Garrett (nee Doyle) and was raised in part by his Aunt Alice and Uncle Bill Garrett upon his mother’s passing. Pat was an only child and left school after grade 8 with the idea of getting to work. He had taken up boxing as his sport of choice, and purchased his first truck when he was only 19.

Pat loved to live, which made the final years with dementia even more heart crushing. He was the first one awake and out the door in the morning. Whether for work or on holidays, Pat was out checking the happenings and coming up with a game plan for the day. Either things to get done or things to check out, he would be eager to tackle any project and call-in help when needed. This “early bird gets the worm” characteristic helped him land work in his early days and allowed him to get work done so he could go fishing, play golf, go sledding, play with the grandkids, play cards, or visit with those that were important in his life. Never one to overstay his welcome, Muriel, his wife would only be able to finish a half a cup of coffee before it would be time to get going.

Pat was known for Cutbank Trucking and he was truly a trucker at heart. However, his profession could better be described as an opportunity maker. Whether providing employment in the different businesses for which he was a part of, or funding other people’s endeavors. He was generous but not foolish and was able to combine the special ingredients of profitability, accountability, acceptance of failure, and a get it done attitude that made Pat successful at his undertakings. He was kind at sharing his wisdom and humble to let you try it your own way, which was just another way for him to share his knowledge.

Pat was truly a kid at heart and loved to entertain and play with any that would join him. From the neighbor kids to his grandkids, to his friends in mischief; all were touched from his kindness and fun-loving nature. He would seek adventure as often as he could, from travelling to different parts of the world, to flying planes, going on fishing trips, driving boats, quads, sleds, tractors, or anything else with a motor in it. Even as Pat’s dementia took hold and limited his ability to drive, he found great joy in riding his electric scooter. He was always on the go, with adventure just ahead. Pat lived life fully and loved his faith.

He is survived by his loving and caring wife Muriel (Patrick) of 61 years; son Kevin; daughter Karen (Kevin) Willsey; grandchildren: Kayla, Sabrina, Raeanna, Jake, Jenna, Julia, and Max; as well as many other family members and close friends.

The family wishes to thank all of those who helped care for Pat, including the staff at Prairie Lakes Seniors Community, the QEII Hospital, and special friends who visited regularly. Blessings to each and everyone.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 10:00am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church (10404 102 St.). As Pat was one to grumble about wearing a tie, we ask that no ties are to be worn to the service. A luncheon will follow, and a private interment will take place in the early afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in the memory of Pat Garrett may be made to the Salvation Army Community and Family Services (9615 102 St., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 2T8), or to a charity of one’s choice.

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  • 06/20/2022

    Dear Muriel and Family My condolences to all of you. I've known Pat since we went to school together many years ago,and chummed around with him and his best friends Joe Beilman /Bobby Dumas and others . Pat always had the best smile on his face and have several photos that show just that . Always so kind and friendly ..He will be dearly missed by many people . My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Sincerely Elaine(Moon)Stokke.

  • 06/20/2022

    Jerry grew up knowing Pat and n later years enjoyed golfing with him, we were sad to hear of his passing. Our sincere to Muriel and family. Jerry and Violet Dorscheid

  • 06/19/2022

    Sincere condolences, Muriel and all of your family!! One of my very favorite happy memories -meeting you both at Rio Grand Stampede and Pat wearing 2 different shoes!! Love to all!

  • 06/19/2022

    Muriel & family, sending condolences. My Dad (Delmer Lenes) spoke highly & often of Pat. He has left a great legacy.

  • 06/18/2022

    Dear Muriel and family, I am sorry to heat the news of Pat's passing. He was a kind and good man. My husband, Leonard, respected and appreciated his years working at Cutbank Trucking. I do remember visiting at your home several times during those years and always felt so welcomed.

  • 06/18/2022

    Mrs. Garrett, Kevin, Karen and Kevin ( and your children, the grandchildren) I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Garrett's passing. I was just talking about you all yesterday. Friday evenings of Golden Star take out and DQ for dessert. I was so pleased to be a small part of your family for a short time and I loved and love you all. DawnMare Westad xoxo

  • 06/18/2022

    Thinking of you Muriel & Family at this difficult time💔

  • 06/18/2022

    The Garrett family and the McKeown family came from an Irish community, Erinsville, in Eastern Ontario. Pat and my father Bill McKeown were cousins. In 1970, and in the mid 2000 years, I then my son James benefited from Pat's generosity and connections to get summer work in Grande Prairie. Distance notwithstanding, Pat and my father visited each other in Alberta and Ontario through the years. Pat and Muriel met my family in Nova Scotia once on a Maritime bus trip. Whenever the McKeown family had events in Edmonton Pat and Muriel were there. We are all saddened by the loss of this kind man, unique character. Muriel and family, mourn the loss, enjoy the memories. Jack McKeown, for the McKeown family.

  • 06/18/2022

    My condolences to Muriel and family. Pat is a friend who I enjoyed many visit's and conversation's with over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you Muriel and your family. Pat will be dearly missed.- Dave Smashnuk

  • 06/17/2022

    Pat was someone who always gave me a big grin and a warm hello. My favorite memory was his visit to our kindergarten class after he and Muriel returned from Hawaii and came to share their trip with us including a hula dance in a grass skirt. His laughter was infectious and he got such a kick out of those little ones-especially his grandbabies. I am grateful to have known him. My condolences to Muriel, his children and those grandchildren he loves so much.

  • 06/17/2022

    Uncle Pat is an extraordinary man and will be missed by many. I have such fond memories of family gatherings & will always remember that joyful laugh & his willingness to play a trick on someone or tell a good joke! As a teenager, he would frequently bug me about always wearing jeans & he would say..."don't you own a dress"? Well, Uncle Pat, I'm not able to attend your Celebration but in your honour, I'll certainly be wearing one on Monday! Sending Much Love to the Family & knowing he still lives in the hearts of us all, comfort you at this time. Big Hugs & Many Blessings, Shauna❣️xo

  • 06/17/2022

    My deepest condolences. We go back many years...to 100th Street. Went to his heavy weight fight. He was quite a character. I enjoyed Pat and Muriel. My thoughts are with you.

  • 06/16/2022

    Jeannine Dumas Fosty 06/16/2022 So sorry to hear of Pats passing.The first years of my life our family spent much time with Pat as we shared an aunt and uncle Alice and Bill Garrett. Sending condolences and prayers to Muriel and family.

  • 06/16/2022

    My sincere sympathy Muriel and family. I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. It is so difficult to lose one's partner after all your years together. Please know that I am thinking of you. Gwen (Al) Richards

  • 06/16/2022

    Condolences to Muriel and the rest of the family with Pat's passing. I have many good memories of the years I worked with Pat when I was with the Procter & Gamble/Weyerhaeuser Forestlands operation in the 1980's/early90's. Pat was always true to his word and commitments; even when we were working through challenges. One of my best memories is the time we took a trip to Northern Ontario to look at "hayrack" pulpwood trailers. We had lots of time to talk and tour as well as make a significant decision on how to improve pulp wood log hauling. I am the third generation of our family that was fortunate to work with Pat: grandfather John, father Bill, uncle Roy and I. There are other distinct memories like meeting in the "bush" Sunday evenings to see if the mud was freezing enough to haul. Both of us committed to getting people working and logs to the mill. My lasting memory will be his smile and laugh. David Bickell

  • 06/16/2022

    My condolences to the family Another good guy gone Always enjoyed the conversations With Pat

  • 06/15/2022

    My life has always known Mr. Pat Garrett! As a young child I wanted to be with my Dad so I was excited when he took me to Cutbank with him. I knew the respect my Dad had for Pat they were felt by my sister and I to this very day! I am the daughter of Larry Larka! Mr. Pat Garrett thank you for being you! You are loved! My condolences to all of Pat's family and friends! Michelle Larka

  • 06/15/2022

    Happy Trails Pat , I will never forget the kindness I was shown and I promise to pay it forward ! Condolences to his loved ones ❤️

  • 06/15/2022

    Muriel and family, sorry for your loss. Pat was a kind and generous man . Jack and Rita O'Toole

  • 06/15/2022

    Dear Muriel, Kevin Karen & families , my deepest sympathy to all of you. Pat was definitely one of a kind-his smile definitely showed the joy in his heart for everyone. He will be deeply missed. My love to you all. Levola

  • 06/15/2022

    We are so truly sorry for your loss. Praying for strength and healing for your family.

  • 06/15/2022

    Always a smile to greet you... My condolences to you all, Muriel, Kevin and family an Karen, Kevin and Family. Cherish your memories! Love to All! 💜

  • 06/15/2022

    Mutual - thought and prayers are with you and your family

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