Walter A. Patrick, Jr. passed away on June 9, 2021 at Hartford Hospital. He was born on June 5, 1938, in Islip, New York. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter Patrick and Mary Margaret Rennie Patrick, his first wife Mary Anne Carlin, two sisters, Dolores Royals and Angela Wallace, and his beloved wife, Kristie Fredrickson Patrick. Upon her death he longed to be with her.
He leaves behind his daughter, Kathleen Dean (Glenn) of Waterford, and his son, Sean Patrick (Kerrie) of Ridgecrest California, his grandchildren, Cara Schneiderman (Andy), Jamie Riebschlagher (Ryan), Peter Castagna and Sloan Patrick. He had five great-grandchildren, Chloe and Hannah Schneiderman and Braden, Owen and Emily Riebschlagher. He also leaves behind, three sisters, a brother, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
Walter served in the United States Navy from 1955-1977. He loved the sea and all of the travel and education he received. Walter was a proud member of the Holland Club. He graduated from LaVerne College in 1973 and completed his Master’s program in 1991 at the University of New Haven. Upon his retirement from the Navy, he worked for Analysis and Technology, where he met his wife, Kristie. Upon his second retirement he began teaching at several local state colleges and Mitchell College. He loved to teach business courses, where he could share his life experiences and encourage students to have good work ethic and be successful in business ventures.
Walter’s love of the sea was fully realized as he had several boats that he loved to scrub and polish. You could often find him at the Groton Townhouse with his dearest friend Ray. For many years they would head to the marina to work on their boats. Walter loved to pick up a mooring off Fishers Island. He was at peace when on the water and loved the moon shadow.
He also found genuine peace at his meetings and recently celebrated thirty-one years of sobriety. Again, he loved to share his life experiences and gave hope to many. He loved his sponsor and sponsees and the entire program that taught him how to live life fully.
He was a faithful servant, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 13 of Norwich and participated in nocturnal adoration at St. Patrick Cathedral for over thirty years. His faith gave him strength especially through Kris’ illness and his last eleven months without her. He yearned to join her for eternity. His legacy will live on in all who knew him. He always said that true success is measured by the love of family and friends, Walter was very loved.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00am, July 27, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 211 Broadway on Norwich Ct, immediately followed with a burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Depot Road in Uncasville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Patrick Cathedral, 211 Broadway, Norwich Ct, 06360
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