Eulogy for Paddy Mitchell

Eulogy for Patrick “Paddy” Mitchell delivered by John Grant, January 25, 2007 at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, Ottawa, Canada Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen, My name is John Grant. I identify myself as The Pinker’s son-in-law. I’ve been asked to speak about our friend Pat. I’ll be brief. So if anyone has a stopwatch, I’ll begin…. We all know that Pat was bigger than life. We’ve … Continue reading Eulogy for Paddy Mitchell

Paddy’s Last Word Series #7: The truth about Christopher Clarkson

[Note: This is the seventh of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.] Howdy Folks,  I received a letter from my son Kevin today, and he included an article from the newspaper about Christopher Clarkson which included a photo of … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Word Series #7: The truth about Christopher Clarkson

Paddy’s Last Words Series #6: New Year’s Eve reflections

[Note: This is the sixth of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  It’s Sunday morning, 9:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and I’ve just turned off my Sony radio after listening to an hour of N.P.R. (National … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Words Series #6: New Year’s Eve reflections

Important: CHANGE OF VENUE for Paddy’s reception

Due to the growing number of people expected at Paddy’s reception on Thursday, and space limitations at the Prescott, we’ve had to move the reception to a larger venue: The reception will be held from 2:00 to 5:00, Thursday January 25th, at: THE ST. ANTHONY SOCCER CLUB 523 St. Anthony Street CORNER OF PRESTON AND THE QUEENSWAY (Walking distance from the PRESCOTT) [Note: There are … Continue reading Important: CHANGE OF VENUE for Paddy’s reception

Paddy’s Last Word Series #5: Christmas in Prison

[Note: This is the fifth of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  My good friend Jimmy Allen also has been an inspiration to me this past year with the success of his book: “This Firefighter’s Life”.   What … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Word Series #5: Christmas in Prison