MESSINA, Patrick - It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Patrick Messina on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, in his 62nd year. Beloved husband and eternal soul mate for 37 years to Mary, cherished father and best friend of Jamie and Kristin (Joe). Much loved PaPa and “TimBit Supplier” to his pride and joys Mackenzie and Owen. Loving brother to Rose Marie Walters (Patrick) and David (Tammy). Much loved brother-in-law of Emily Thompson (Larry) and Dolores Radolli (Bruce Whidden). He will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by his parents Jimmy (1997) and Mary (2010); father-in-law Albino Marano (1997), mother-in-law Susie (2006) and brother-in-law John Radolli (1996). Pat was a teacher with the Niagara Catholic District School Board for 31 years, retiring in 2000. He always taught by example in both his teaching career and life in general. He touched the lives of so many students and helped them to believe and find their true potential in life. He was greatly respected by his peers, his students and so many people he met throughout his life. After retiring, he was happy to have the time to take long walks, do his crossword puzzles and relax with his many friends playing poker, bowling and golfing. He enjoyed having lengthy discussions at Timmy's about sports, current events and solving the world's problems “one coffee at a time”. Pat also used his spare time to give back to the community by volunteering at Our Lady of Scapular bingo, Queenston Place Retirement Home and the Out of the Cold program. His greatest joy in life though was spending time with his children and grandchildren and going on “Casino” dates with his wife. Today we lost a very good man who was so many things – a loving husband, an adored father and PaPa, a wonderful uncle, an excellent teacher and a good friend to all. He will be sadly missed by so many people for so many different reasons. We love you. Friends are invited to call at the PATTERSON FUNERAL HOME, 6062 Main St. visiting Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow with interment at a later date in Fairview Cemetery. In memory of Pat donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by his family. On-line condolences at www.pattersonfuneralhome.com 11880832
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Posted by Len Moccio (Teacher colleague) On Monday, April 12, 2010
Having just heard of your loss I can only send sincere condolences for the loss of a colleague and fellow co-teacher with the Board. Pat will be missed by you and family, as well as the many friends he knew over the years. Again, with sincere sympathies, so sorry for the loss of your loved one.Len Moccio
Posted by Elvi Candeloro (former colleague) On Sunday, April 11, 2010
Dear Mary & Rosemary and family. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loving husband and dearest brother. My words of condolences cannot take away your pain at this time of sorrow but may you find strength in knowing that many are thinking of you and remembering Pat as a talented teacher and kind gentleman. Sincere condolences. Elvi
One remembered out of many forgotten
Posted by Heather Fusco-Thrasher (Former Student) On Friday, April 9, 2010
Mr. Messina was an amazing teacher. He got me to believe how smart I really was and got me to see that I was capable of so much more. He showed me that I could believe in myself and go places in life and got on my case when I wasn't performing to my potential that he knew I had. Thank You Mr. Messina you were an amazing teacher one of many that I will never forget. Thank You for being a teacher and helping so many of us who needed it. My condolences to your family and close friends.
Condolences from Florida Lococo family
Posted by Fran & Bob Lococo (retired banker) On Friday, April 9, 2010
So sorry to hear about your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
Posted by Tricia St. Pierre Sauve (Former Student) On Friday, April 9, 2010
As a former student, I was profoundly impacted by Mr. Messina's teaching. Mr. Messina taught the usual material but did it with panache! He involved anecdotes, actual personal examples of his life to show how everything he taught mattered, how everything we did as people mattered. When I ran the 100m for gym he shouted for a calendar because the stop watch didn't track weeks, he was a funny man and I loved him for it. I hope you are able to find comfort in your shared memories and each other.