I am sorry I missed this back in June. Was off line alot and generally don't pay much attention to the In Memorium page. After JG left Pismo; Pat should have emerged as "the" shaper on the Central Coast. Don't know whether he did or not as I left for Maui and never looked back. Glassed a few of his blanks at the "Chicken Ranch" in Los Berros. Had some good times with Pat and his buds Roger and Rodney. They had a small do it all shaping room in the ghetto by the sewer plant in Oceano. He told me once that he had a daughter on Kauai that he hadn't seen in years. His life was a bit of a struggle, but he did get respect from those who knew him. Wish I could have done something to help him back then, but I had my own problems. Still have a few "Flying Flecky Surfboards" lams and a few of the "Jack Haley" lams. Pat tried that one with Mike Haley's blessing, but Jack Jr. objected. I think Pat did an add once in the "board Forum" of Longboard Mag for the Jack Haley boards. If someone has the pic. it would be nice if you could scan and post it here. The board I riding currently sports a cutaway center fin that Pat foiled and gave to me. I think I still have a few "Black Fly" lams as well. No I don't think I'll give any of them away, but with the right printer I may make a few copies. I hope he found some happiness and long deserved recognition in his latter years. Lowel
That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.
Pat was a great friend to my family and myself. Pat will ALWAYS be in our hearts. He was great at everything he did even ding repairs. I had always fixed my own, but there were those ones that I just didn't want to do. I had one that I had given to him one Monday eve. He called me up on Weds. and asked if he could come by to get some money so he could buy some materials. He showed up about 6:30 pm with my board. I couldn't beleive he had finished it so quick, he said that he pushed my board ahead of everyone else cause he needed materials. He also had a bunch of trophies and told my kids that he wanted them to have them. That follwing Sunday I received a phone call early in the morning saying that Pat had Passed. R.I.P PAT. WE LOVE YOU.
So sorry to hear this, I didn't realize this until months later. Sad news and was always good to see him in the water. thoughts and prayers to his family and friends