Sad news from Kevin Mitchell

January 14, 2007 

Dearest friends and loved ones of Patrick “Paddy” Mitchell, 

It is the saddest news that I bring you now but I need to tell you that my father, Patrick Mitchell, passed away this morning in the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina.   This brings the end to North America’s most famous, most successful, and especially most likeable bank robber of our time.   He was featured on many television shows, movies and documentaries.     The F.B.I. agent who finally caught up to him after over 14 years on the loose, expressed his thoughts, feelings, that should Paddy have been on the “F.B.I. side”, he would have made an excellent officer and they would have become very close friends.    The agent liked Paddy very much and was saddened (but he had to do his job). 

My father was an extremely likeable person.   I was so happy to come back into his life in 1994 (albeit very difficult circumstances).  We met a few times again when I went to visit.    I was so happy to have him meet his grandchildren – my sons:  Joey and Jake this past spring (for the first time).  It was a very emotional visit but that’s ok – we laughed, we cried, we shared stories, and I have never seen my boys sitting so still ever.  They listened to their grandfather!   It was a very special time for us! 

My father has enjoyed the website, the blog, and has been thrilled to write all his stories.  His writing was so important to him and he took great joy in sharing everything he could with you all!   He loved writing and it was his “everything” or so they say in French “raison d’etre”. He was also very delighted with the new version of his autobiography “This Bank Robber’s Life”.     We hope you all get a chance to read it!  It truly is a wonderful, heartwarming story!

Thanks to all of you who have purchased this book!  Yes – my father was a “bank robber”.   I make no excuses for that nor did he.  He was a good man!   Wouldn’t hurt a fly!    He was a complicated man – as many are – he had to do what he needed to in order to survive within himself.     I know he loved me and my mother but he had to do what he had to do.    I hold no hard feelings towards him.     I loved my father very much and always will. I want to thank all of you for your well wishes, thoughts, entries, along the way.They all meant a great deal to my father and to me.    Each one of you who entered a comment was sent to him and was very important!    Thank you! My father, as I, have appreciated all your thoughts and prayers! As my Dad would say,     GOD BLESS! 

Thank you all for everything, 

Kevin

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63 thoughts on “Sad news from Kevin Mitchell

  1. My sincere condolences to you Kevin & your family as well as all of Paddy’s friends. I am so greatful that Paddy was able to get his book done & share his story with the World. It seems like he got a lot out of it and enjoyed being able to keep in touch with people via the internet. God Bless, Paddy.

  2. Kevin,

    I was quite saddened to hear Paddy had passed on. I had not met him, but I have gotten to know him through various media that was available. My condolences go to you and your family, Kevin. If your dad was anything like you, I know he was a good man who liked to have a laugh with his friends. If there is anything you need, do not hesitate to call.

    Luc

  3. Kevin, I am so sorry for your loss.

    I don’t know you or your Dad all that well, but I always read this blog. I really loved his interesting views on the world and on his world behind the walls. He will be missed.
    My condolences go to you and your family, Kevin.
    Take care!

  4. Hi Kevin, Jake & Joey: so sorry to hear the news. Please take solice in knowing he is with his parents and free! We think about you & he a lot. You are a good son and person for all you did for him, especially making the arrangements for him to meet your boys. I sure that was the highlight of his life. Take care – our thoughts are with you, see you around – Bobbie & Brian

  5. Dear Kevin,

    I was saddened to hear of your dad’s passing away. Like I have said, he “saved” me from bullies many years ago at Plouffe Park and I never forgot him. I hope he is a peace now, and I hope his grandchildren as well as you and Richard, never forget him and never stop talking to him to your children and future grand children. Take care and God bless you all

  6. Kevin,

    Jodie and I am are so very sorry for your loss.
    Growing up with You and Kirk, we all sat on the edge of our seats when we heard any news of your dads sightings. I always admired how you carried yourself and how you were so proud of your father regardless of how he was portrayed in the press.

    It has always and will continue to amaze me how everyone’s face lights up when they hear mention of Paddy. Everyone who new him from their past held him in high regard and had their own amazing tale about “Paddy” their friend. I always felt like I missed out not getting to meet him when I was younger. Your grandmother was an angel, Kirk was a stand up guy, and you always had a smile and a “giday” for anyone as well. My god man, Even Deep Purple’s front man took a liking to you. I am sure you inherited this infectious charm from your dad.

    Please take a little comfort in knowing that your dad will live on through all that his story has touched and through your sons as well.

    Sincerely,

    Roger & Jodie

  7. Although I have never met you or your father the news of his passing affects me none-the-less. I did have the opportunity to meet Bobby. when I was working in Stittsville in the 80’s, and listened to a few tales as well as some my brother passed onto me before his passing. I have read many the article about your dad, as many as I could find, through the years. He seemed to me to be an amazing man. May God be with you and your family at this sad time…God Bless

  8. Hi Kevin, My mum just sent me a message to tell me of your fathers passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family. God Bless you all. Beth

  9. Kevin:
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It wonderful that your boys had the opportunity to meet thier Grandfather before this happened and I am sure those memories will be that much more cherished by you all. Although it is small comfort to those left behind, remember that your Dad certainly left his mark and will be remembered by a great number of people.

    Take care of yourself and your family.
    Penny

  10. Dear Kevin,
    I am very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.Just know that he is in a better place,,,and free.
    With my deepest sympathy,
    Lisa

  11. Kevin,

    So sorry about your loss…

    On the way into work this morning listening to the news that your father had passed all I could think of was that there is going to be alot of laughs in heaven tonight now that our fathers have reunited. (Harold Kavanagh)

    ~~~May the road rise to meet you,

    May the wind be always at your back,

    May the sun shine warm upon your face,

    The rains fall soft upon your fields and,

    Until we meet again,

    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.~~~

    Alison Kavanagh

  12. Kevin,

    Sorry about your loss Kev. Your dad was great with us kids. I especially enjoyed when he used to take us to swim at the quarry and parked his convertable close enough to let us jump off the hood into the water. He never looked down at us children. He seemed more like a friend. I’ll always remember fondly hanging out with you at your place (in the basement pad at Grannies). Having to first get by Sam the dog on the porch, meeting your smiling grandmother at the door, and finally going downstairs into that cool pad decked out in the latest 60’s style that was your home (Austin Powers could have lived there!). Those are fond memories for me…
    The best of your dad lives on within you dude. You have the same easy going, friendly and magnetic personaliy that was your dads. I’m sure he was very proud of you.
    All the best buddy,
    Tim

  13. Kevin
    I haven’t seen you since high school, but my mom just called to tell me about the news regarding your father. I am very sorry for your loss but was happy to read that he got to spend time with you and your boys.
    Debbie

  14. One of my best customers and dear friend from the Bellclaire Hotel (1970-1974). I remember Paddy, Lionel and Brian. The boys had discovered Lionel’s chargex card and any one of the three would sign it. Then the game of to tell the truth would start, Paddy would say” will the real Lionel please stand up” and as they all shuffled their chairs paddy would have the greatest laugh!!!
    I remember when Paddy bought all his horses and Lionel would call them his Oat Burners. Our goodtimes out at Hurkey’s on Britannia road with the gang (Jimmy, Bobby, Pinky, Jerry, Neal, Billy, Bobby M. and George) are unforgetable especially sitting under the appletree while singing Don’t sit under the apple tree (inside joke).

    God bless you Paddy.

    My deepest sympathy to his son Kevin, grandsons and the whole Mitchell family.

    John Calderone

  15. Have not seen u since u were in your teens. Just wanted to let you know how sorry l am to hear of your Dads passing.l have read his Blog many of times.Never met him but l am sure he was a very likeable person.
    l was very glad to hear you came back into his life ( as l am sure it was hard )and your sons got to meet him.
    God Bless you and your family. He will always be in your heart.

  16. Dear Kevin, other family members and friends of Patty:

    My sincere condolences on your loss. The world has lost a gem of a man.

    May your warm and loving memories of Patty bring you peace and strength. In the end Patty gave much more than he took, much more.

    May God Bless

  17. Kevin:
    I knew your dad in the late 60’s and early 70’s. My father and yours worked together at Pepsi. And like your father, mine allways had something going on the side. My father and Paddy used to drink together and your dad used to take me to the beer store (he had a red convertible) and wait outside while I ran in to get the beer. He would wave to the guy in the beer store who was serving me when I ordered the two-four (I think it used to be Carling Red Cap – but it is very fuzzy). To a young teenager this was so cool.

    I remember one year my parents rented a cabin on the Rideau (it was called Uncle Tom’s Cabins on highway 16 near Manotick). I’ll never forget your dad came out to visit and brought a power boat with him. Again, that was cool.

    Anyway, I knew him when I was innocent and the memories are all fond.

    Thanks,
    Bill Wilson

  18. I was in shock when my friend called me from Ottawa and told me what was on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen. My eyes began to water. It was just the other day that the two of us were talking about Paddy and his book, and again I started the story that I have told time after time again. I had never met Paddy, but I had grown up hearing story after story about the ‘famous’ Paddy Mitchell. I grew up in Ottawa as did my grandmother (Faye Kilmartin). She was the one who would tell me all the stories about Paddy’s adventures. My brother and I were in OOOOH and AWWWW as our little minds took in all the excitment. My grandma knew Paddy. She had known him from her early days, Im guessing the 50’s or 60’s. Apparently she had dated Paddy for a little while. She remembered him as a very kind and sincere person. As I grew up I shared the stories with many people along my way. Some knew of Paddy and some didnt, but everyone was always interested and excited for what I would tell tehm next. Although I never met Paddy, I feel extremely sad that he is gone from this world. Im sure my grandma (who passed only this past spring) is welcoming him to heaven as I type this. I am looking forward to reading the book. And my sincere condolenses to all the knew or even knew of the famous Paddy Mitchell. REST IN PEACE PADDY!xoxo

  19. i new your dad many years ago we met at the ordc the mill and was in joy when he decided to leave lol.so sorry to hear that hes gone. one of the most soild guys i ever met.i was 18 when i met him,and now 52 i have now enjoyed 25 years of freedom, and patty is one of the main resons. so long ago he helped me, i never have forgotten.HE IS AGREAT MAN,take care paddy.my condolenses kevin lenn suprey (2032)

  20. My condolences to you Kevin and your family, I used to work with your mom in the seventies, she will know who I am if you tell her Diane wrote.

    I once met your dad when he showed up at the office one day, I remember thinking how handsome and charming he was and how lucky your mom was to have such a nice guy.

    As for what your dad did, well don’t worry about him the Big Guy up there is looking after him right now.

    Take care,

    Diane

  21. Hi, Kevin my heart and prayers go out to you and your boy’s. Life is not kind. But we will all servive. Take care Kevin and I would appreciate if you would let me know when or if there is going to be a service for Paddy.

    Friends Forever

    Mike Cain

  22. Sorry for your loss Kevin.I knew your father and Steve Reid from the ville in the late 70s.I got out in apr 80 and I learned of their escape from the ville on the news about a month later.Your dad was a good guy as were his crew.I hope to read his book soon,again my condolances,Rest in Peace Paddy,Randy Ross

  23. God Bless, and Rest In Peace, Paddy. You are an inspiring person in life and in death. You truly are a kindred spirit.

    Have a beer with my pops in heaven.

  24. In 1964 at the age of 34 I lived on Arlington Street and walked into a small restaurant at the corner of Bank and Arlington run by Ziggy Wahab for a coffee before getting a bus to go to work, when I had the pleasure of meeting a handsome young man by the name of Paddy Mitchell. I am now 76 and don’t regret one minute of meeting and knowing Paddy after all these years.

    I have corresponded with him while he has been in jail and spoke of various times he drove me to work or to the Prescott Hotel for their well known meat ball sandwiches. Never once did he drop me off without saying God Bless.

    A good friend of mine bought me his book for my birthday and got his son,Kevin, to ask his father to include a little personal note to me which Paddy did and I will treasure this for a lifetime. I feel privileged to have this and will be very grateful to my dear friend who did this for me as she knows how much I thought of Paddy.

    All of the people who went into Ziggy’s will remember him, of this I am sure. There were the salesmen from Lewis Motors, members of the A.A., the Post Brothers and many others.

    I know in my heart that they loved him as I did and only hope he has found peace at last in heaven. Paddy always said to each and everyone, God Bless.

    Love
    Sara

  25. I never had the pleasure of meeting Paddy Mitchell, however, I felt I knew him well. I have yet to hear anything negative about his ethics or his personality. Remember everyone “There but by the grace of God go I”. We lived under different circumstances and learned by different rules and we would all be better people if we had some of Paddy’s upbringing! God Bless you Paddy Mitchell!

  26. TO PADDY OUR DEAR FRIEND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO THE MICHELLL FAMILY .HE WILL BE MISSED.

    MILLIE & JACK FYKE
    FAMILY

  27. Kevin; My deepest sympathy on the passing of your
    Dad. I have read his book and sent a copy to Jerry
    in Alberta. Keep your Dads memory alive forever.

    Colleen Laliberte

  28. Kevin, we are deeply sorry for your loss. Our father knew your dad back in the days! I have heard him mention this was we were young. We know what it’s like to loose someone as dear as a Father. But Paddy will live on, in a peaceful place and within all our hearts.

    GOD BLESS!

    Lynda (Roger) Guilbeault
    Kim, Debbie, Tammy

  29. Kevin, we are deeply sorry for your loss. Our father knew your dad back in the days! I have heard him mention this when we were young. We know what it’s like to loose someone as dear as a Father. But Paddy will live on, in a peaceful place and within all our hearts.

    GOD BLESS!

    Lynda (Roger) Guilbeault
    Kim, Debbie, Tammy

  30. Kevin, my heart goes out to you and your family. Although I only met your father once, my Dad had the pleasure of going to Mexico with him. It was on a charter plane and my Dad ended up in the same room with Paddy. How funny it was when my Dad asked yours what he did for a living. Well when Paddy said “I rob banks” my Dad just laughed and figured that this nice guy he had just met didn’t want to tell him. Well, after a nice 2 week vacation, they came home. Sometime afterwards, my Dad was reading the paper and he was shocked that the man he had met in a hotel in Mexico was now wanted or had been charged with this gold brick robbery. My Dad said he was one of the nicest, politest people and when I met Paddy I had to agree.

    The words you spoke to me Paddy were very true and as I have grown older I now know what you meant. God Bless You Paddy.

    Maureen.

  31. I’m sorry for your loss. Did you know that we’re cousins? I’d like to get in touch with you via e-mail and chat.
    Kathleen Mitchell

  32. Kevin, Joanne and boys,

    One of my memories of Pat is when he came to my house (244 Atlantis ave.) to take my mother (Auntie Marion) to the hospital – Dec. 11, l967 who at that time was dying and it was Pat who convinced her to go.

    I have some beautiful memories of Pat that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

    He is now at peace and in a better place.

    Love Jeannie & Don

  33. [Re-posted by Susan, January 21 2007, from the Guestbook at http://www.paddymitchell.com]

    My heart goes out to the friends and family of Paddy. I personally did not know him, but my son Tom Blessing served time with him. A friend of my son, Almy O’Neal sent me a letter and I received it today,1-20-07. I called my son and let him know of Paddy’s passing. Our friend Almy had sat with Paddy the night before and was on his way to sit with him again when he was told that Paddy passed away. I want to take this time to tell the family thanks for all the stamps that Paddy sent to me for Tom. Almy sent the last stamps in his letter that Paddy had saved for him. May God Bless You and know that Paddy is in God’s hands now. My son also sends his prayers. May God watch over you and we will keep you in our prayers.
    1/20/2007
    Candy Judge
    d.Judge@mschi.com

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    sorry to hear Paddy’s passing . From old friend of the past Gary Bedard
    1/18/2007
    Gary Bedard

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    TO THE MITCHELL FAMILY,HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES,ITS BEEN AGES BUT MEMORIES ARE STILL WITH ME.FROM AN MY RECOLECTIONS OF GOOD TIMES SPECIALLY OF PINKY, GERRY, AND JOAN. MAY HE REST IN THE PEACE OF GOD.
    1/18/2007
    GILBERT(GIBBY) MOREAU
    GILMOR@ROGERS.COM

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    You were truly a good friend of mine ,, and i am so sorry that i have lost you.My symphanty to kevin…. and all your family your true friend GOD BLESS YOU PAT Hank
    1/17/2007
    Hank Reid
    mrstock11@sympatico.ca

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    I was brought up on booth street near little italy 20 years later than your father but always kept up with his stories I now live in GlenCairn and wanted you to know I am not a book reader but always managed to read Patty’s books and enjoyed to the point of not being able to put them down. I’m sorry about his passing I’m just glad his death was as peacful as can be just like what he was.God Bless
    1/17/2007
    lise
    lisebond@rogers.com

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    Thank heaven it’s over, you suffered enough A good fella like you, don’t need that stuff Lots of fond memories, you were thoughtful and kind To the girl’s in the office, just blew my mind You’d come in say hello, ask the girl’s how’s the kids Hope they are well, just blew my lids Yvonne worked away, doing your booking The other gals sighed, my he’s good looking When you left said God Bless, not so long after The flowers arrived, from the girls drew laughter Thank’s Paddy my chum, I sure won’t forget Please save me a seat, I’ll get there yet God speed with love, Ray Sally
    1/17/2007
    Ray Sally
    mary.muldoon@servicecanada.gc.ca

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    my sympaty to you and your family kevin,im sure your dad is looking down at his friends and having a good time with his brody,mom dad.a legend of our time.god bless his soul.
    1/17/2007
    paul albert
    poly4u2003@yahoo.ca

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    OUR SYMPATHY TO THE MITCHELL FAMILY. PADDY DEAR FRIEND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. MILLIE & JACK FYKE & FAMILY.
    1/16/2007
    CORRINE FYKE
    tutaloo63@hotmail.com

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    So sad to hear that “Our Fonz” passed away. He gave us a lot of wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Respectfully Joan (Donovan) O’Malley
    1/16/2007
    Joan Donovan O’Malley
    omalleybrian@mac.com

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    Dear Kevin and Family He is at peace now, and looking down on everyone who cared over the years. God Bless you and Your family. Maureen
    1/16/2007
    Maureen Creighton/Ernie Riopelle
    catherineernesthector@yahoo.ca

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    My dad grew up with Paddy I can always remember dad telling us of the time or times paddy would tell people the further up Elm st you go the tougher it gets and I (Paddy) live at the corner Well Im sure he will have lots of friends waiting at the gates for him
    1/16/2007
    Dwayne
    dwayne_mosley2000@yahoo.ca

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    hello my name is tracy and last year i read a book called the stop watch gang, and it was one of the best books ever, i told all my friends to go out and buy it. well i was very sad to here about paddy passing this week i lost my dad last year and it was very hard for me to deal with my prays and heart is with your family.
    1/16/2007
    tracy hill
    tracy_hill8@hotmail.com

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    Our entire family sends our deepest condolences. Rest in peace Paddy!
    1/16/2007
    Brethour Family
    asealioness@aol.com

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    My sincerest good wishes go to the Mitchell Family. I knew Paddy very casually as a young boy growing up on Preston St., and later had the good fortune to work with him briefly at Pure Spring in the early sixties. The last time we spoke was during a chance meeting at Bronson & Somerset. As usual, he looked handsome & charming, and yet he almost seemed sad at his final comment….. “Ronnie, I just cant get into this 9 to 5 thing.” I have never stopped admiring Paddy, not for the crimes he committed (though I must confess, even then I rooted for him), but rather I liked & respected the man that he was. He was gentle, intelligent,personable & confident, and yet commanded respect almost without trying. I’m grateful for having known Paddy, however briefly and I’ll remember him fondly.
    1/16/2007
    Ron Nesrallah
    PattyLane@Rogers.com

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    dear mitchel family i am sorry to hear of paddys passing my family new him very well im to young to really know him but my mom has told me so much that he seems part of the family i have followed all the aryicle clippings my has aswell as his book which i thaught was the best book i have ever read im sorry to hear of the passing god bless call me sometime to tell me more about paddy he is my idle i wanted to be just like him
    1/16/2007
    cory hunter
    hunter666_2@synpatico.ca

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    My deepest sympathy to all the Mitchell family. It was a pleasure to read his book and get to know him,for this I thank him. He is in a better place and looking down upon us with a smile.
    1/16/2007
    Debbie Bailey
    mabailey04@sympatico.ca

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    Sincere condolances to those who loved him and those that he loved best. A remarkable life with a tragic end. God Bless Paddy!
    1/16/2007
    Brian MacDonald
    bmacdona@hotmail.com

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    Dear Kevin, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. God bless you, Paddy. You’re home now. Bruce
    1/16/2007
    Bruce McPherson
    bjmcpherson@sympatico.ca

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    I would like to extend my deepest sympothies to Mr. Mitchell. I realize that life is unpredictable we never know what lies ahead. I believe that everyone makes mistakes. I believe that everyone goes through life in theire own special way. Although I don’t condone what Mr. Mitchell did I believe that there is a reason for everything. In the end I believe that ultimately we have to answer for the way we lived our lives to the man upstairs and I can tell you that I am by no means perfect. Having said that I once again extend my deepest sympothies to Mr. Mitchell and his family may god bless Mr. Mitchell and his family and may he rest in peace.
    1/15/2007
    Michael
    mcs74@aol.com

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    Im very sorry to hear this sad news, so sorry to Kevin and family, he was liked by so many people around the world, he will be missed. He is with his loved ones who have passed away. Finally free…. Take Care and once again, im so sorry to hear this bad news. Linda
    1/15/2007
    Johnston
    rustymike777@rogers.com

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    Rest in peace Paddy. Paddy was one of the nicest and kindest people on this earth. My father will always treasure the memories of the fun times fishing with Paddy. Paddy is finally free, and has finaly meet up with his mom and other family members that have passed away. I heard nothing but good things about Paddy, From Paddys sister, My Aunt, and other family members. So sorry to Paddys family, he was a very liked man, Paddy will finally come home to Ottawa, he is probally in heaven now, cracking open a beer, holding a fishing rod and happy to be free…. I was very sad to hear Paddy passed away, we were all hoping Paddy would be transfered to Canada, before he passed away, to see his family…His only wish.. As Paddy would say, ” GOD BLESS “.
    1/15/2007
    Linda Barclay
    rustymike777@rogers.com

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    Kevin ,Sorry for your loss to you and family.He will be missed.He is gone to a better place .My husband {Tommy Delaney}and many of his other buddies will be at the PearlGates welcoming him Home. God Bless Diane
    1/15/2007
    Diane Crippen
    diane.crippen@sympatico.ca

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    Rest in peace Paddy….Jimmy A. will still/always be at your side…. Freedom at Last!
    1/15/2007
    Joyce
    kucsapal@aol.com

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    Kevin and kids, sorry for your loss.
    1/15/2007
    Greg
    gregmac@kos.net

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    I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I have tried many times to contact him as I knew him when we were teenagers. It seems that I have finally found this informations too late to utilise. I have ordered a copy of his book as I would like to follow his life after we lost contact with one another. Jim
    1/15/2007
    Jim Landry
    kay.landry@sympatico.ca

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    My sincere condolences to you Kevin and your family,your father was a great man! with all my love JULIE
    1/15/2007
    Julie Hartley
    julie@vef.ca

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    Paddy’s gone now and we can buy his book and help the family know some rest from the years of anguish, hoping for his transfer to Canada, but it wasn’t to be. When I first met Lionel, we were in St. Vincent Pen , Montreal and he was his old “Bob Steele” self! Saw him again later, in Ottawa, but the good old days at the Belle Claire Hotel on Queen Street were the best! I still recall the babes I painted on the walls there in flourescent! Paddy would laugh to recall that one! God Bless, Paddy, and give us a holler once you’re settled in!~~~~~Jack
    1/15/2007
    Jack Cullen
    crowquiller@gmail.com

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    My sincere condolences to you Kevin and your family,,your father was a very good man whom I had the upmost respect for,as well as all his friends at Leavenworth,,,,,he is in a better place,,with no more pain,,,Sincerly,,Lisa
    1/15/2007
    Lisa Hill
    lfsf98@yahoo.com

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    My sincere condolences to you Kevin & your family as well as all of Paddy’s friends. I am so greatful that Paddy was able to get his book done & share his story with the World. It seems like he got a lot out of it and enjoyed being able to keep in touch with people via the internet. God Bless, Paddy.
    1/15/2007
    Stephan
    no@spam.com

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  34. Dear Kevin… I knew your father, albeit briefly back in the early 70’s. He always had a good joke and a kind word. Wherever he went he always brought a smile. Over the years I have thought of him often. I only found this blog today. I’m very sorry for your loss… Paddy was a good man with a heart as big as the world. He will be missed.

  35. Kevin and family:
    Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Many thanks to Paddy for all his words and wisdom.
    God Bless.
    Kim Cox
    01-31-07

  36. Hello Kevin,
    My heartfelt condolences to your, our loss. He was dearly loved by all of us, I only wish we could’ve done more. I’ll look out for Richard, hope you’ll find time to come and visit.

  37. hi kevin,we use to be neighbors in edelweiss,i was dany’s roommate.
    my deepest sympathy about your dad.
    i guess he finally got out

    take care budy
    j.p.

  38. Hello Kevin, My name is Frank and I just learned of your father’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss, My condolences to you and your family. I served time with your father in Lewisburg I was there serving a 3 year sentence. I am 36 years old and I spent most of my days in Lewisberg with Paddy. I must say he left an amazing impression on me. He was a good and honorable person and a complete gentleman, a man hard to come by. I enjoyed the time I spent with him, his friendship meant alot to me. I have been home for some time now and didn’t know he had passed away. I want you to know that your father was truly a genuine soul and he will be missed. I am extremely saddend, may God keep him and bless all he left behind.

  39. Hi Kevin,

    It has been awhile since we last saw each other. I hope you are doing well and that your father will always be alive if you are still here. I was saddened when I heard the news. God Bless you and your family.

    Hopefully someday we will run into each other and… well maybe we can sit down and chat.

    Last I saw you, you were running off to marry Lucy. My time flys.

    Cheers to your father.

    Jim Fuller

  40. Dear Kevin,

    I am saddened to hear of your fathers passing. The strength of his soul remains in the hearts of those that have both known and learned of his heart.

    “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak”
    Thomas Carlyle

    Warmest Wishes,
    Monique

  41. Hey Kev…So sorry to hear. I know it’s old news now, but it seems that is all we get up here. I just heard when I was in Ottawa on the weekend. Again sorry bud. Gimme a shout.

  42. Kevin, Your father was my friend. We spent over 10 years togather at Leavenworth, and I spent many enjoyable evenings with him on C1 talking about many things, one of which was his deep love for you as a son. I remember the evening before he transfered from leavenworth. I had high hopes that we would one day share stories again after he won his battle to be transferred back to Canada to finish his sentence. I was released from Leavenworth on March 16th of this year and will always have a very special place in my heart, and in my prayers for you father. He was indeed a very special man. My very best friend, Almy J. O’Neal cared a great deal for Paddy, and I was thankful that he could be there for him at the end. You and your family are, and always will be in my thoughts as well as prayers. John D. DeWitt Jr.

  43. After reading the book ” THE STOPWATCH GANG” I created a group on facebook , we got 11 members now.
    Kevin my condolences to you and your family.

  44. Kevin – don’t know if you remember me. I met you after your dad’s arrest in Leesburg, FL in Feb. of 1983. I was his girlfriend. I have tried to find him over the last several years. Hard to believe it’s been 26 years! I just found his book on-line and read about myself. Just also heard of his death. I never forgot him. Then I was a 19 yr old girl. Now I’m a 46 yr old woman. I’ve always loved him, though. I really always believed I would see him again. Guess I was wrong. Would love a copy of his book. Would love to hear from you. Hope you and your children are well. So glad he got to meet them. He may have been a thief, but he was the first man I ever loved and, though I’ve been happily married for 10

  45. oops! I hit the submit button by mistake. Anyways, even though I’ve been happily married for 10 yrs and love my husband very much…your dad was the first man I truly loved and know loved me. I’ve never met anyone who made me feel like he did until my current husband. I wish so that I could have found him and had contact with him before he died. I can’t believe he’s gone. I read some passages from his book and see that even after all this time, he remembered me (and fondly, it seems). I’m honored. Contact me if you can. Let me know how he was his last years.

  46. my brother grew up in ottawa and use to see him in the bars.my brother pasted away a year ago and your dads book to his daughter she told me about it and i decided to read it.he seem like a good guy and father and like you said he did what he had to do. sorry for your lost

  47. hi kevin. Sorry he is gone. Im happy that u guys got talking again and even met ur kids too. I only met you once but i have seen joanne my aunt several times and we spent a few times at the lake and my dad michael albert went water skiing with the speed boat. Last time i saw aunt joanne was a while ago. My dads michael and im melissa long time no see cousin! Miss the good time we had when i was a little kid.

  48. Hey Kevin, just wanted to say sorry for
    Loss also.. I never really had the chance
    To say that to you. I remember your father
    Very well, he was a good man! As you no
    I knew him personally as a young man and
    Will never forget him. He was always good
    To me. I remember when u and I were kids
    He bought you a benelli mini bike and brought
    It to the cottage, Remember ?? Dad and patty
    Where good friends and used to hang out all
    The time. Summers, birthdays, Christmas time
    The whole family would get together.. It was a
    Great time in our lives. I’ve got a lot of good
    Memories of you, your mother and patty and
    Will never forget them!! By the way, it was good
    To see you last summer and meet your wife for
    The first time. Hope everything’s going well for
    You and family. Talk to u later!!

    Ps. God bless patty

  49. Hi Kevin
    I was in an Ottawa hospital one week ago, at the heart institute
    In the same room with Gary Prince who I believe was related to
    Your father. He told me some fascinating stories about your
    Dad. Sorry for your loss, Gary spoke about how great a guy he was.

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