Peacefully, on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the Concordia Hospital, Patricia (Pat) McCormack, aged 72 years of Winnipeg, beloved wife of the late Van, passed away. Pat was predeceased by her Mother and Father, Eunice and Martin Milligan. She was survived by her children, Shawn (Tracy), Shannon (Robb), Trina (Craig) and Kerry (Karen), along with her grandchildren Taylor, Aiden, Eric, and Elizabeth. She will also be missed by her special friend and animal companion, her beloved dog Will.
Pat was born May 28, 1947, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She grew up in North Kildonan and was often found working with her father at his hardware store. As a young adult, Pat was employed at MTS where she had made many lifelong friends. One of those lifelong friends was her husband Van McCormack.
Pat and Van were happily married in 1970. Before their children were born they had started construction on their cottage at Long Lake Manitoba, where they spent the majority of their vacation time. While starting a young family Pat and Van moved from Winnipeg to their family home in St. Andrews. Both properties were their labour of love, and while Pat did enjoy traveling she was always happiest in these locations.
Pat enjoyed many things such as gardening, fishing, knitting, and her dogs, but what she most enjoyed was spending time with her family. She never missed an event and she was always up to hosting her family gatherings. From Christmas dinners, pumpkin carving competitions and the countless family birthday parties, Pat simply looked forward to being with her family. It is that love of being surrounded by her family that with the passing of her husband Van, in 2014, prompted her decision to move to Winnipeg.
She bought a condo where she enjoyed visiting with friends and relaxing on her porch overlooking the river. She was able to visit with her grandchildren as often as she liked and was their number one fan. You could often find her at an ice rink, swimming pool, soccer field or baseball diamond cheering them on. She was usually carrying a vintage aluminum fold out lawn chair. While Monday nights were for watching the grandchildren’s jigging class, Wednesday night was for Survivor. Pat was not an avid T.V. watcher but she did have a weakness for watching Survivor, it was a ritual she enjoyed.
Pat’s family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the health care professionals and staff that helped her with her journey. An extra special thank you goes out to the staff at Concordia hospital that treated her with the greatest of respect in her final days.
In keeping with her wishes there will be no formal service held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba. https://support.cancercarefdn.mb.ca/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app30108b?df_id=1501&1501.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=94E2BA89F99EF8204A21CCE8B463EB40
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