After a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease, Patricia (Pat) Ann Pawluk (née Marsden) died peacefully, with family by her side, on Oct. 7, 2022, at the age of 85.
Pat was the loving and devoted mother of Ann (Bill), John (Katrin) and Chris (Michèle), and grandmother of Noah, Liam, Filip, Chloé and Sina.
Born in Northern Ireland, Pat met her husband William (Bill) while she was studying nursing in Birmingham, U.K. After completing his schooling, Bill returned to Canada. But that initial spark had caught; Pat took up the adventure, immigrated to Canada and they were married soon after. After brief spells in Sarnia, Ontario and Brandon, Manitoba, the couple settled in Kincardine, the community Pat has called home for over 50 years. After Bill’s passing in 1976, Pat remained in Kincardine, raising her three children on her own.
Pat was a registered nurse, and in later years pursued a diploma in Mental Health Nursing. She went on to work at the psychiatric unit of the Grey-Bruce Regional Health Centre, as well as the Kin-Huron Medical clinic in Kincardine. Always involved in the community, Pat devoted much of her time to Girl Guides, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, literacy programs at KDSS, and community pre-school nurseries. Whenever she found the time, Pat enjoyed travelling, gardening, and spending time with her friends playing mahjong, tennis and badminton.
Nursing truly was Pat’s calling and she will be remembered by all as an extraordinarily kind and caring person who always had time for family, friends, and anyone who needed her. A special thank you to the many friends and community members who provided care to Pat in recent years, including Kylie Pike, Kim Player, Suzanne Craven, Dr. Gary Gurbin, and all of the kind and caring staff at Trillium Court. She was fortunate to live in such a caring community.
A funeral mass was held at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Kincardine at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022.
Interment Kincardine Cemetery.
If desired, donations to Parkinson Canada would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available online at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.