Patrick Neal: Celebration of Life Sept. 23 at Edmonds Waterfront Center

Patrick D Neal

Patrick D. Neal was born in 1934 to mother Margaret and father Dan, and as a boy his family raised chickens and pigs in various homes in South Snohomish County. As a young boy, he enjoyed riding his bike down Butternut Hill with his sister Betty on the way to a swim in Martha Lake. Pat left school early and enlisted in the US Navy, where he served honorably during the Korean War. He received both a Good Conduct Medal and a National Defense Medal and spoke often of his adventure of voyaging through the Panama Canal.

After the Navy he worked as a butcher and mechanic and spent many happy hours hiking with the mountaineers and hunting in the Northwest. Pat also played guitar and stand-up bass in local Seattle bands and enjoyed steelhead fishing. Pat then began working as a docker and stayed on the waterfront until retirement. In 1969 he settled into a house in Maltby. He also joined Freemasons, and throughout his life Pat served Masons and related organizations in many roles, including Worshipful Master for the Edmonds Freemasons, High Priest for The Royal Arch, Worthy Matron Marian Banish’s Worthy Patron in Eastern Star – and he even played music with the Nile Shriners Clowns.

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In 1995, after many years of square dancing together throughout the Northwest, Pat married Patsy Ethridge and began sharing his hobbies and skills with his new family of stepchildren and grandchildren, who have many memories of his preparing special dishes such as Pig Slop Salad, Pepper Steak and big family dinners for St. Patrick’s Day. Pat has loved cats and dogs all his life, especially Chihuahuas. With Patsy, Pat was able to achieve his goal of traveling to the other three corners of the United States, as well as many Sunday drives with his sister and brother-in-law Betty and Don Burfitt across the Northwest to popular breakfast and lunch spots. Pat also spent many weekends with family and friends at Lake LaConners, near Lake Stevens, where his family members had vacation properties close to each other. Pat was also active at Edmonds Senior Center, where he took Spanish classes and participated in many events and activities, and was a member of the Bothell United Methodist Church.

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Pat died on September 14th and is preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Margaret Neal, his sister Mary Van Mere, his brother Harvey Neal and his sister Betty Burfitt. He is survived by his wife Patsy Ethridge-Neal and stepchildren Gladys (Geoff), MaryAnne (Gordon) and Dale (Tara), grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and lifelong friend and brother-in-law Don Burfitt, nephew Dan Burfitt (Wendy) and niece Susan Isaacson (Tom ) as well as great- and great-grannies and nephews and many cousins.

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A service celebrating life for Pat will be held at Edmonds Waterfront Center on Friday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Pat’s family would like to express their gratitude for the care Pat has received from the Rosewood Court Memory Care Community and Evergreen Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pat’s name to Edmonds Waterfront Center: Home of Edmonds Senior Center.

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