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,