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McCULLAGH, Patrick

April 24, 1928 - April 26, 2018

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It is with profound sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved father Patrick, a singularly special man, our Atticus Finch, our rock, our humble hero, of whom we were always so proud. He was predeceased in 2016 by his “young bride” of 66 years, our beautiful mother Mary, the love and light of his life. He will be eternally loved by his adoring children Karen (Peter Kelly), Patti-Ann, Christine (Brian Butler), and Mark, his much-loved granddaughters Marielle (Jon Rooney) and Kristen, and his precious great-grandchildren Xavier, Xander and Ophelia Rooney. Dad’s long and illustrious career with Metro Toronto Police, retiring with the rank of Staff Inspector, brought him much happiness and fulfillment. Policing for him was a vocation; Badge #444 truly honoured his commitment to serve and protect. Dad was a natural athlete, excelling at many sports. At the age of 19, he was invited to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ spring training camp in Cambridge, Maryland. While he didn’t make the final cut, he played ball for Tip Top Tailors, the team ultimately winning the World Softball Championship in 1949. In the summer of 2007, he was honoured at the CNE in recognition of his many contributions to men’s softball. In 2009, at a ceremony in Ottawa, he was inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame. Dad played golf like a pro and his love of the game brought much joy to his life, especially during the first twenty years of his retirement. Our family would like to thank the compassionate doctors and nurses at Scarborough General Hospital who participated in his final care. A celebration of Patrick’s life will be held at PAUL O’CONNOR FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Lawrence Ave E. (between Warden and Pharmacy) at a later date to be announced on social media and in the Toronto Star.

We miss you terribly, Dad, but your love will sustain us til we meet again.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,  for the old order of things has passed away.”

                                                                                                                          Revelation 21:4

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