Patrick N. “Pat” Patchen, age 83, of the North Hills, on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Jean (Fato) Patchen. Loving father of Patrick (Alison) Patchen, Jr., David (Nancy) Patchen and Mimi (Brian) Cullen; brother of Brian (Bunny) Patchen, Michael (Gigi) Patchen and Olivia Patchen; grandfather of Patrick III, Otto, Trevor, Chloe, Zachary, Jeannie, Brittany, David, Trey, Annie, and the late Benjamin; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Born and raised in Steubenville Ohio, Pat married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life from Catholic Central High School, Jeannie Fato, and moved to Pittsburgh to work for Westinghouse as an engineer. Pat attended the University of Florida on a football scholarship and graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Engineering in 1961. Pat proudly wore number 86 and was regarded by some as the greatest player in the history of the University of Florida Gator football to ever don Jersey #86. Pat was inducted into the University of Florida’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He received a Western Union telegram from Vince Lombardi and was asked to join the Green Bay Packers. At the time, however, football was a means to an end, and he wanted to get on with his professional career as an engineer. Pat left Westinghouse and was pivotal in the launching of Gilson Engineering Sales Inc., where he worked for nearly 40 years and served as the executive Vice President until his retirement in 2003. Together, Pat and Jean raised their children and there was no one more proud of his family than Pat. Pat was the patriarch of his family and a fierce leader. Anyone who knew Pat would describe him as an amazing friend, a fantastic life coach and someone who would provide support no matter when or what the ask. When his wife became ill, he cared for her until she required round the clock care. After Jean’s passing in 2018, Pat missed her terribly, the two having never been apart much at all during their 57 years together. Pat has now found his way back home with Jeannie and will be missed by many.
Family will welcome friends on Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 at Schellhaas & Sons Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143 (Franklin Park/Wexford). Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Saints John & Paul Catholic Church on Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers family suggests donations to Catholic Charities, 212 9th
St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or Alzheimer’s Association: Greater Pennsylvania Chapter – Pittsburgh Office, www.alz.org.
Please visit www.schellhaasfh.com to leave all condolences.