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Date of Passing: Oct 17, 2020

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1923 - 2020

Pat passed away peacefully on October 17, 2020.
She will be lovingly missed by all who knew her but especially her children, Rick (Laurie), Susan and Cynthia (Loron); daughter-in-law Lesley; her eight beloved grandchildren, Robin (Karen), Eric (Marie-Paule), Jonathan, Michael (Caroline), Amy (Matt), Luca, Andrew (Meghan), Ashley (Harvey), and great-grandchildren, Jameson, Addison, Audrey, Elodie, Jude, Leif and Sadie; as well as her brother and sister-in-law Bill and Donna Parrish, and special friend Gwen Grant. She was predeceased by her husband Bob in 2009 and son-in-law Enzo in 2013, son Rob in 2019, and great-grandson Dillon in 2020.
Pat was born in Winnipeg, the daughter of Fred and Vera Parrish. She was a pioneer in early childcare starting the nursery program at the University of Manitoba after graduating with a B.Sc. in Home Economics and taking specialized courses in Ames, Iowa. After marrying Bob in 1947, she used those skills to become the best mother ever. She was an active member of the Junior League and the Wildwood Club and a longtime volunteer at the Victoria General Hospital. She enjoyed many years in her various bridge clubs with wonderful lifelong friends. Her favourite place was the cottage at Falcon Lake where she spent every summer partying with her friends, hosting the bridge ladies and opening her door to her kids and their friends, building many special memories. Pat was the consummate homemaker, a wonderful cook, knitter and sewer who continued knitting scarves for Siloam Mission even after losing her vision. She also enjoyed reading and listening to audio books and continued to complete the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle weekly with her children reading the clues. She was truly a special person who had a tremendously positive attitude and she cherished her last eight years with her many new friends and staff at the Portsmouth. She would encourage all who read this to celebrate her life by drinking a Manhattan.
Special thank you to Dr. Brian Sharkey for his dedicated care and to the staff of the Portsmouth.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Guild of the Victoria General Hospital, 2340 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg, MB R3T 2E8 or to another charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 24, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Dear Lee family, What an incredible woman Àuntie Pat was for me to have known and loved for all of my life! I have always felt so special when my parents, Helen and Bill Gray, chose to name their first born Pat Lee. My Mom and Pat were bridesmaids together and enjoyed a lifelong friendship with so many shared interests and people. Her always warm, generous, and fun-loving approach to life, no matter what potential obstacles would arise, created memories and opportunities for me to cherish. My recipe 'box' has so many of her handwritten favorites still. May all, who had the privilege to know and to appreciate Pat's many gifts, be supported by loving memories of her smile and always positive way of greeting each day, at this time of acceptance in her passing. Sending lots of love from snowy Calgary to family and her many friends, Ainslie oxoxox - Posted by: Patricia Ainslie Gray (Friend and Namesake) on: Oct 27, 2020

  • Pat inherited me after my sister Shirley passed away (2012) and I feel truly blessed to have had her as my friend. May you be comforted by knowing that many others will share your loss.. ..most sincerely ......Marjorie (Lush) Eckert. - Posted by: Marjorie Eckert (sister to Pat's dear friend, late Shirley Lush) on: Oct 25, 2020

  • Auntie Pat was a very special women who will be missed by many. I always remember those great Christmas Eve parties she and uncle bob would host. It was such a great time for everyone to get together and of course auntie pat was bustling around serving her delicious food. Auntie pat always had a big beautiful smile on her face and was always so interested in what you were doing. Nothing held back auntie pat from continuing her life to the fullest. We can all learn so much from a women who gave so much to so many. Any time I had a visit with her I always felt just a bit better about everything. You are now in heaven with your many friends and family and knowing you are probably organizing a bridge game. Sending you lots of love always ...Gin - Posted by: Ginny Dennehy (Niece) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to you Rick, Susan and Cynthia and to the rest of your family. My memories of “auntie Pat” are fond. I especially remember her bright, welcoming smile every Christmas Eve as “the cousins” were ushered downstairs to cause havoc while the adults sipped eggnog upstairs. How I looked forward to those gatherings. Another memory that stands out was her 90 th birthday celebration at the Manitoba Club. We were all given print outs of a long, clever and funny poem she had written and because she could not see to read, auntie Pat recited the entire poem by memory! She had a big brain and was always keeping up with the world and the people in her life whether new acquaintances or old. Her smile was genuine and ever present. She was important in my life and I will miss her. Cath - Posted by: Catherine moss (Auntie Pat was my father’s cousin) on: Oct 24, 2020

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