Dear Keith and family,
Patricia was always a warm, engaging, kind, clever, passionate presence. I enjoyed our conversations personal and professional. I always felt fortunate to sit with her at our professional events because it was a time for genuine conversation and laughs. Pat had a certain classiness to her.- the words are not coming to me to describe what i mean exactly by that comment-she was versatile, could adapt easily almost like in a little black Hepburn dress one moment but tracking up a hill all kitted out in the next moment. She was a calming presence yet she was full of life. I am certain this loss is devastating to all of you. I was shocked having chatted with her not so long ago now on Zoom and she told me of her retirement and her travel plans. It is always a tragedy when a light is taken from us too soon. I am so very sorry for your loss. I sincerely hope that your memories provide you with rich and fulfilling happiness in time. With all my sorrow and sympathies,
Kim Whaley, xoxoxo
I met Pat many moons ago volunteering in an electoral campaign for a Liberal candidate in Calgary South Centre. She was a key part of a group of people who have never made losing an election so much fun. She was hilarious, she kept up spirits, and she was dedicated to the cause. I’d see her in Calgary legal circles afterwards and she always managed to remember who I was, despite all the people she knew. She was impressive. My sincere condolences to her family.
Just a special human. Too soon to say goodbye. She will be missed.
My parents moved next to Pat in 1962 and quickly befriended her family. Pat made such positive impression on my family that she must have inspired my mother to ensure that I shared Pat’s Birthday in 1967.
Pat, you were respected and loved by us all. You inspired me to follow your path, where I met many who both knew you and held you in the highest regard.
I am saddened to have learned of your passing.
It’s almost unreal and hard to comprehend. How can it be that such an amazing, beautiful, strong, smart, funny, joyful, admired, and powerhouse of a woman be gone? We are heartbroken and so incredibly sad. My family and I were so lucky to have known Pat and her whole family. Like everyone who knew her – we all loved her so very much. In 1997 Pat performed the ceremony at our wedding. She was amazing of course. My favorite photo from that day is one of just me, my husband, Rob, and Pat – having just pronounced us married, we are all still standing, and we have just turned around to face the guests. We can’t think of anyone who we would have preferred to be there for us on our wedding day. We will always love Pat; she will forever be in our hearts.
Dawn Ewonus & Rob Thompson
A truly beautiful tribute to a truly beautiful woman. Although it has been a number of years since we spent so much time together in hockey arenas watching our sons practice and play, we will always remember Pat as the warm, caring and fun loving person she was. We send our deepest condolences for your loss.
Kathy & Peter Kurceba
I am shocked, sad and grieving. Pat was like a sister to me. She personified beauty, fun, laughter and frivolity. She was a fine lawyer, an incredible friend and a loving mother, spouse and grandmother. She was so full of energy and compassion for others. She did everything right from practising law, to hostessing, to preparing fine dinners, to loving her friends and family. I learned so much from her.
Life is so unpredictable. Pat and I and another friend of ours had planned a trip to the UK for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. She and I had gone to London ten years ago to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. We watched a thousand boats parade along the Thames, one with the Queen in her cream suit, tirelessly waving to the throngs of people in the pouring rain. Pat and I wore matching hot pink rain boots to help us brave the cold. We were so looking forward to the Queen's 70th Anniversary on the Throne. We have been texting each other for months, worried about the Queen's health, commenting on her frailty and wondering if she would make it. Little did we know that it would be Pat that would not be there. I would have bet a million dollars that Pat would still be alive and vibrant at 95.
Pat's sudden death has taught me a life lesson. One must always be living one's true and authentic life and constantly examining what truly matters. It is all about loving and being loved. It is all about family and friends. Pat lived her life to the fullest. I will miss her forever.
Bob and I are shocked and profoundly saddened to hear of Pat's death. We so enjoyed your company when we last saw you both! What a loss for the world and what a terrible loss for her family. With our sincere sympathy, Bob and Kerrie
But how can this be? Pat was a force of nature; I can’t believe she’s gone. Over the years I had a few files with Pat and it was always a pleasure to work with such a knowledgeable and principled lawyer. And I remember her well as a presenter at numerous courses. She was always so lively, so much fun. Finally but not least, she was perennially beautiful and always well turned out.
Our deepest condolences to Keith and family on the devastating loss of your beautiful vibrant warm kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother. We always enjoyed being in Pat’s company and out thoughts are with you all.
Chris Seger and Erik DeWiel
I first met Pat when I worked as a paralegal at Cook, Duke, Cox. She was a pleasure to work for and with, always gracious, always sharing that beautiful smile and laugh. I remember her elegance, her savvy, and she won my admiration and respect. When she left the firm, I knew that I had worked with someone special and would miss her, but was able to keep in touch with her through mutual friends and other former co-workers through the years. My sincere condolences to her family. Peace be with you all. Kathy Bayley
Keith and Families
I was shock to hear of Pat’s passing. I was part of her St. Mary’s chapter of life. She was always a fun and kind
Lady. I send you all my Deepest Sympathy at this very sad time.. No doubt She is celebrating the
Delights of Heaven. An old friend, Maureen Ramage(Milne)
I met and worked with Pat at the law firm of Cook Duke Cox Tod & Kenny. A very long time ago! Over the years we always kept in touch; generally over a glass of wine to catch up with news and often some good laughs. She was "my hero" as our friendship continued through the years. I admired her for the person that she was in both her family life and her successful career. I want to extend my deepest condolences to Keith, Ashley, Marky, Keelan and the family during this very difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. Pat was one of a kind; an amazing woman whose drive never seize to amaze me as well as her compassion towards her clients. I will miss you my friend. Forever in my heart.
I am very shocked and saddened by the news of Pat's passing. Pat was a wonderful friend and helpful advisor to my late Mother (Mary) and me. My thoughts are with Pat's entire Family at this very sad time.
Spencer (Ben) Stevens
Keith and Family,
Our sincerest condolences on your loss.
Pat was a very special person. I first met her as a young articling student. I worked on her campaign and supported her when she ran for Public office.
From the early days she exhibited a wisdom far beyond her years. Her advice and counsel was outstanding, she was always there for me personally and she truly cared.
She could very effectively handle a wide and diverse range of legal matters. She was ethical beyond reproach.
In the 40 plus years that I had the privilege of being one of her client's, I can not think of a single negative thought or comment about her.
Pat is a legend and she will always have a place in the hearts of all who were privileged to count Pat as even a small part of their life's Journey.
Robert Kulhawy (Echoing the sincerest thoughts, prayers and gratitude of my parents Nick and Nelda and my wife Jill and the entire Kulhawy family).
My condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of working with Pat over many years. She was truly a force and I have always admired her strength and compassion. Pat always had time for a chat and I know she will be dearly missed. So sorry for your loss.
Keith and family, we mourn the passing of your Pat and our long time friend. Always well groomed and well mannered, cheerful and kind. Always prepared. And always, eternally it seems, beautiful. Self-assured and smart, early on, she was skeptical of the customs and practices of the stodgy legal profession when it came to women. Courageously, she carved out her own path setting a role model for other woman lawyers. She was the real deal! Our hearts are low. So low.
Bryan Mahoney and Kim Kadatz
Keith and family,
We offer you our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your soul mate and mother. We have many fond memories of Pat from our days building our Cook Duke Cox office in Calgary. Pat was a fantastic partner and a great friend. Her enthusiasm and professionalism were integral to our success. We are grateful for the many good times we shared with Pat.
Kent and Pat Anderson
Keith and kids, I am so, so sorry for your terrible loss. Pat was one of the very first female lawyers I encountered as an articling student way back in 1998, and she was one who considered it a responsibility to pave the way for the women who came after her, and to encourage us to encourage each other. I also remember looking at her photo in the firm directory one of my first days at work, and thinking she was just so pretty! That didn't change a bit over the next 24 years. It was always a pleasure to work with her, and when those days were over, to run into her at social events, the golf course, or random places downtown. She always had a big smile and made you feel like she was delighted to see you and couldn't wait to hear what you'd been up to.
Thank you, Brown and Daunais families, for sharing her with the rest of us. She will be sorely missed.
There are no words to express this loss. There is now a void in our lives that can never be filled. Patty-Lou and I were childhood friends and that friendship lasted for 64 years. There was never a year that went by where we were not in contact sharing our celebrations and tribulations. So many fond memories of growing together from childhood to a beautiful appreciation and joy in our senior years. Pat had the distinct ability to make everyone feel they were special and loved, she was kind and generous and spoke often of how much she loved people! She had such a zest for life and was always the first to say “ let’s go, let’s do it” . She was always up for adventure and fun. My God we had fun! Love you to the moon and back my dearest darling Patty-Lou. ~Dianne
For many years 4 of us, including Pat,met four times a year to cook and share themed dinners. We drank a few Manhattans before Oysters Rockefeller, New York steaks and cheesecake. Dressed of course in little black dresses and pearls. Wearing brightly coloured sundresses we sipped margaritas and ate spicy tacos, salsa dancing late into the evening . We discussed women’s issues, politics, our relationships and our children. We were serious thinkers designing a socially just world. We were silly- we laughed and created stories that would fill a small bookstore.
Pat was our star: the most compassionate, the most daring, the most beautiful. I am so sad to hear this brilliant and amazing women is no longer with is
My heartfelt condolences to all who loved her but especially to Ashley, Marki, Keelan and Keith
I had to travel all the way to Newfoundland to first meet Pat at a CBA event - where we had a great time and enjoyed some late night fries on George St. Pat was well known and well respected within CBA and of course the legal profession. On behalf of CBA Alberta, sincerest condolences to Pat's family and the many friends and colleagues who will miss her. Maureen Armitage Executive Director, Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch
We are very saddened to hear of Pat’s passing. My wife and I were clients of Pat’s since her very early days in law practice. As she moved from firm to firm, we insisted that we move with her. After our first meeting with Pat, we knew that she was someone who cared for our business and cared for us as people. We looked forward to all of our meetings with her, because we knew that after we did our business, we could spend time hearing about her life and family. Through these discussions we found out that she was married to Keith, who I knew from the company we both worked at. Keith, we send our condolences to you at this time. As our daughter grew up and was looking for a good lawyer, we suggested that she meet with Pat, which she did and also received the excellent care that Pat gave everyone. Anytime anyone was looking for a good lawyer in town, I always referred them to Pat. Pat had so many excellent qualities all rolled into one; what an amazing person. We are so pleased to have shared a small part of her life.
Dennis and Ruby Knudtson
Mike and I (and the rest of the Bonnycastle crew) were so saddened to hear of Pat's passing. Mom (Heather) considered Pat to be such a wonderful friend, who she adored spending many dinners, wines and travel with. We were lucky to have Pat and Keith attend our wedding in 2014 in California, where we hold such special memories. Every time I saw Pat (since I was relatively little), she always had such a huge smile to share, and a laugh that was memorable. She brightened every room she walked into. We were so sorry to hear of her health diagnosis and were saddened to hear of her passing. We are sending Keith, the girls and the rest of your family sincere condolences and hugs. May her memory stay close in your hearts forevermore. It will in ours.
I am struggling to put all the things I want to say about Pat into words. She was a cherished family friend for as long as I can remember. She was an amazing, powerful, trailblazer who shone a bright light for everyone in her surroundings. She encouraged me to attend law school and cheered me on along the way in my own legal career. She made me want to to be like her. She took care of us - everyone in her circle. She will be forever missed, but her ability to inspire will live on. Love Leslae Ewonus Dalpiaz
Dear Keith and Family,
We are extremely shocked and saddened with our Dear Pat's passing.
Our deepest and heart-felt condolences to you all.
We knew Pat for 35 years. She had a great unmatched personality. Was a great friend and excellent lawyer. Time with her was always fun with her great sense of humour and ready to smile and ready-to-laugh attitude.
She will be always remembered very fondly.
Rest in Peace Pat!
Ali and Maryvonne Beken
I was very saddened to hear about Pat’s passing. She consistently demonstrated intelligence and drive coupled with compassion and wit, all of which combined to make her a very special person. She will be missed.
We are deeply saddened to hear of Pat’s passing. She was a wonderful caring and compassionate person; deeply committed to fairness and justice for all. She will be dearly missed. Our thoughts & prayers go out to her family.
Hon Carolyn Phillips & John Cordeau, QC
I can hardly believe this. I was privileged to have been one of Pat's law partners many years ago at MT and experienced her as a true force of nature. She was one of the most generous spirits I have met, with a sunny disposition that put a smile on my face with each and every encounter. She was also possessed of a notable grit and determination that she applied with great humour and wisdom. Using a reference from my prairie roots, Pat cut a very wide swath, and she will be terribly missed.
Keith, my heartfelt sympathies to you and family. May you find comfort in one another and in your memories of a life lived so very, very well.
“Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.” – Emily Dickinson
I am truly saddened to hear of Patricia's passing. She was one of the most genuine and lovely souls I had the pleasure of meeting. It's a loss that I know I am not the only one feeling right now. She had a way of making everyone feel welcome around her, and I will miss her very much.
I am heartbroken by the news of Aunt Pat's passing. I will cherish and keep my memories of her close to my heart. She had so many wonderful qualities but what I will remember her most by is her positivity and how she radiated happiness and love. I will forever be honoured to call her my Aunt Pat.