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Date of Passing: Jan 17, 2011

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PATRICK (PAT) SPIRING After a courageous and hard fought battle with cancer Patrick (Pat) Spiring passed away peacefully on January 17, 2011 with Joelle by his side. Pat was predeceased by his father Fred Spiring. Pat leaves behind the unquestioned love of his life Joelle Brown and his beloved children Samantha Sauriol and Dustin Spiring. Pat also leaves behind to mourn, his mother Patricia Spiring and his three brothers Rick (Brita), Charlie (Dayna) and Jamie (Sherri), as well as his nieces and nephews Erika, Brett, Sarah and Cole, and the entire Brown family Pat was a great athlete and sportsman. He excelled at almost every sport he played but baseball and curling were his passions. Pat was also an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt and just enjoy nature. He spent many a fall weekend at the family's Duck Shack where the small confines of the shack facilitated late nights of great story telling, cocktailing and the odd game of poker. Pat's infectious love of life had a way of touching everyone he met. When you were spending time with Pat he made you feel that you were the most important person in the world - he always had time for you. He was a tough guy not to like. He would happily give you the shirt off his back or the last dollar in his pocket. That's just the kind of guy Pat was. Pat was lovingly known as Champagne Trish for his tendency to celebrate on his infamous beer budget . Pat was always the last guy to leave a party. Pat was taken from us far too soon but our lives are all better for having had the opportunity to know him. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Riverview Health Centre who made Pat last weeks the best they could have been and for all of the support that they provided to those left behind. Thanks also go to the countless other healthcare professionals who helped out along the way. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Boulevard. Flowers are gratefully declined but we urge you to make a donation to the Riverview Health Centre or a charity of your choice. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website at Chapel Lawn 885-9715

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 19, 2011

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Pat was my friend and also to my brothers Mike and Claude. We played fastball together and hung around on occasion.He was just like us and after the service a bunch of us met to toast his life. I spoke to him at our sons volleyball tournament last fall and we touched on life and fate, and family,and the irony of why things happen the way they do. I will miss his company, - Posted by: Rheal Vigier (Friend) on: Jan 20, 2011

  • Although my encounters with Pat were infrequent, he always made me feel like a long lost friend. He was so genuine and caring, and his love for my niece was evident in all of our conversations. Thanks for giving Joelle much joy and happiness my friend, may you rest in Peace. - Posted by: Rick Smith (Friend) on: Jan 20, 2011

  • I was fortunate enough to have gone on a short road trip with Pat last summer. During that time, we had an opportunity to just quietly talk and reflect on life in general. It is by far my fondest memory and I am truly grateful for it. You have left a large footprint in my memory, and for that, I thank you. - Posted by: Brad Rohl (Friend) on: Jan 20, 2011

  • Howdy Folks, I was fortunate enough to have Pat as a hunting buddy, fishing buddy, teammate and as a roommate . If there ever was a "Hall of Fame for friends" Pat would be at the top of the list . Till we meet again my friend - Ron Taylor - Posted by: Ron Taylor (Friend) on: Jan 19, 2011

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