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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 www.chapellawn.mb.ca Chapel Lawn 885-9715
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 19, 2011
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