Thank you all.

I recently posted my thoughts on my Dad’s death from COVID-19. I had to sit down and write something about it, because writing is my main cathartic outlet–a means by which I process my feelings and sort them out.

My objectives were twofold: Put a human face on this crisis to jolt people out of their collective complacency, and to tell everyone how proud I am of my dad.

With over 50,000 views just today, along with shares from news outlets, I feel that both my objectives have been met. I don’t want you–whoever you are, out there–to have to go through this. I would wish this upon no one. I wish it didn’t exist, but it does, and human beings are equipped with a sense of fear for a reason. Don’t panic, but maintain a healthy sense of fear. It could save your life, or the lives of people you love!

The outpouring of support in the comments–especially the ones made by my Dad’s church family, who were all very dear to him–makes me feel good. It makes me feel like his death is not overshadowed by current events. He meant a lot to a great many people, and they’ve let me know this. It is much appreciated.


  1. From the very first time I met you father, I had a sense of his goodness. While visiting with him and you mom at Jeff’s boot camp graduation, I got to know them on a personal level!! Such a funny and great guy!! I am blessed to have been acquainted with them both. Love to you and your mom

  2. Patrick,
    We never met your Dad, but he and your Mom raised a thoughtful son!
    I am SO sorry for your loss. We are praying for all of your family.

  3. Patrick,

    Your parents were always nice and caring to me growing up. Your dad was a wonderful person. I am so sorry for you and your mom. We love you guys.

  4. Your daddy was an integral part of our church family. He will be sorely missed by all. We are praying for your mama and for all of your family. God bless you during this terrible time.

  5. My Thoughts and prayers to you and your mom and the firefighter family. There are no words on the loss of a parent at any time but to something so unknown that shows no mercy to me is worse. I am glad your mom was able to be there, and pray she gets better . May God comfort you all. Brenda Gormley

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