In Memory of

Pat Eagan



In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, a public Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be planned in the coming months. Pat's family encourages his loved ones and friends to watch this website for more information on a date and time when we can come together to Celebrate his life. Everyone is encouraged to show their support to Pat's family by leaving written tributes and condolences for the family below in the tribute section of this webpage.

Eagan: Maurice Patrick Joseph,
Peacefully at his home in Simcoe Manor Nursing Home Beeton, on Sunday April 5, 2020. Patrick Eagan, in his 91st year, beloved husband of the late Phyllis Baker. Loving father of David (Mary Ridley), Janet and Karin. Loved grandfather of Patrick, Nicholas, Brandon, Brianna, Rhys, and Gwendolyn. Dear brother of the late Charlie (Marlene), the late Gerry (the late Anne), the late John, the late Ed (Mary), the late Vince (Bernie, and the late Evelyn), and the late Rita Eagan Fitzgerald (the late Ed). Remembered with love by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Patrick, like his siblings and many ancestors, was born on the Eagan family homestead, on Lot Four, Concession Three in Tottenham. As the fifth child of seven children born to Thomas George Eagan and Teresa Margaret Eagan (nee Walsh), and one of six boys in the family, young “Patty Mo” was very involved with the family farm. He also immensely enjoyed visits with his Walsh and Ronan cousins from Adjala. After completing elementary school locally he went to Banting Memorial High school in Alliston, then onto a brief career as a teacher in Mount Forest. From there he joined the Armed Forces where he was stationed at Camp Borden among other locations and rose to the title of Lieutenant. Missing his academic pursuits, he followed his older brother Charlie and enrolled at the University of Western Ontario in London. After a year, he transferred to the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College to join his brother Ed, where he double-majored in English Literature and Philosophy. After graduating with an Honours BA, Patrick immediately immersed himself in the Book Publishing industry. He worked in sales at Macmillan Publishers before moving into editorial positions and after moving to Nelson Publishers he rose to the position of President at the age of 37. It was at Nelson’s he met his future wife Phyllis who he would marry many years later. After Nelson’s he briefly worked as General Manager of Clark Irwin Publishers before switching industries to Real Estate. Donning his sales hat again, he made a name for himself as a recognized and respected agent in his community and was well-loved by co-workers and clients alike before he (reluctantly) retired at the age of 75.

He had an avid interest in Canadian history, and at times politics, and was immensely proud to be Canadian. He loved the landscape of our country and one of his greatest pleasures was a driving trip exploring our great country, often stopping (to the lament of his young children or any extended family joining him) at each and every historical landmark along the way. This was usually followed by a camping trip at Algonquin or Killbear with family and friends, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He was an avid reader and would scour the paper cover-to-cover almost daily where he would take in, and recall, details with great acumen. He was immensely sociable and looked forward to any opportunity to exchange a few words, and hopefully a joke or two, with others. He loved a good party which, although may have been a downfall as a rambunctious young man a few times at university, stayed with him until the end. In November, 2019 he celebrated his 90th birthday with a party and he was delighted to have so many family members there to celebrate this special milestone.

The family would like to thank Dawn, Joan, Tammy and all the Nurses and Caregivers at Simcoe Manor Beeton for their outstanding care and compassion for Pat over the years. For those who wish to make donations, contributions to the Simcoe Manor Bus Fund (5988 8th Line Beeton, ON, L0G1A0) would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to Rod Abrams Funeral Home Tottenham. Cremation will be held. In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, a public Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be planned in the coming months. Pat’s family encourages his loved ones and friends to watch this website for more information on a date and time when we can come together to Celebrate his life.
Everyone is encouraged to show their support to Pat’s family by leaving written tributes and condolences for the family below in the tribute section of this webpage.

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“Pat Eagan”
  1. Doug and Carol Hodgins wrote:

    Karin and family, very sorry for your loss, our condolences to you all.

  2. Judy Lipsett wrote:

    Our condolences to the Eagan family at this time,our thoughts and prayers are with you Cal and Judy Lipsett

  3. Margaret Eagan wrote:

    My heartfelt sympathies to the entire family grieving Pat.
    Considering the conditions we are living under Covid-19 at the present time, your creative minds will be called upon to celebrate uncle Pat in a manner you see fitting.With the family sharing strength, kindness and assuredly laughs over reflections of the stories of Patty-Mo that will forever be etched as “Eagan lore” I am one of the lamenting family members of this very patient man on many road trips consisting of road maps and endless scenic lookouts!His enthusiasm of family and gatherings and humour holds him in a special place in everyones hearts for this last pillar of our very own “Group of Seven.”

  4. Hal & Madelyn Rutledge wrote:

    Sincere condolences to the Eagan family. It was a pleasure attending Mass with Pat at Simcoe Manor for the last few years. We will always remember his quit wit and charming personality. May he Rest In Peace.

  5. Kathy Fitzgerald wrote:

    David, Karin and Janet my deepest sympathy to you all and your families. Like all the Eagans. Pat’s sense of humour was priceless. May he rest in peace.

  6. Ashley, Thomas, and Maximus Kokelj wrote:

    David, Karin, Janet, and to the rest of the Eagan clan, our hearts are with you as you mourn this tremendous loss. What an outstanding life Uncle Pat lived, with so much love and happiness. We send our deepest love from Ottawa.

  7. marc ronan wrote:

    Sincere condolences to the entire Eagan family from the Ronan Family

  8. Michele McKenzie wrote:

    Sincere condolences to the Eagan family. I have fond memories of ‘Uncle Pat’s’ visits. Sending love and good wishes from the East Coast. xox

  9. Shirley Hitchman and Family wrote:

    I was so sorry to hear of Patrick’s passing. I had many good conversations with Patrick at Simcoe Manor when visiting my mother Joyce.
    He had a great sense of humour and most of all loved his family.
    Our deepest sympathy to David and all his family.

  10. Bob & Julie wrote:

    David, Karin and Janet; We are so very sorry for your loss of your dad, Pat. He always was such a happy and funny fellow. All of the jibes and laughter throughout the years will be sorely missed. We send you our deepest condolences and love to you at this very sad time.

  11. Theresa Major wrote:

    David, Janet, Karin and Families – Our condolences on your loss of a wonderful father and grandfather. Growing up Uncle Pat always took a lively interest in his many nieces and nephews and we were always welcome to visit, especially during corn on the cob season! I will always remember a road trip to Ottawa in 2005 with our family, Dad and Uncle Pat, with the plan to visit assorted relatives and attend the final game of the Ottawa Roughriders. Given our elders were in their 70s and 80s we assumed they would nap most of the journey. Instead we were treated to what was basically a five-hour Abbott and Costello routine; who knew just driving past The Big Apple on the 401 would provide material for close to an hour of comedy gold? After a busy weekend they did nap on the way home, but when we dropped Uncle Pat off his wallet was nowhere to be found. After about 15 minutes of subdued chaos while we searched the van and luggage, Dad happened to reach into a pocket and commented to Uncle Pat, “What’s your wallet doing in my coat?” It seems at some point over the weekend they had inadvertently switched very similar looking overcoats. We will miss Uncle Pat for his warmth and beautiful smile. We are blessed to have known him and know your many happy memories will help you through this time.

  12. Martina Keogh wrote:

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Patrick. He certainly enjoyed the amazing Eagan sense of humour, which I witnessed on many occasions at Simcoe Manor!

  13. Bernie Eagan wrote:

    Brother-in-law Patrick Maurice was a man keenly aware of his roots . He knew almost by heart the family history and all those connected to it .
    When he and Gerry decided to write up the Eagan Family History many endless hours were spent in research and organization . It will serve as a wonderful reference for the future generations .
    Pat liked to recite poems remembered from childhood and each time I visited him I was treated to a recitation .
    Although his memory had faded , the words “ Lot 4 Conc. 3 ‘ always brought a smile to his face and a sparkle to his eyes and sometimes even a story !
    I will miss him sitting in the chair by the nurses’ station where each Tuesday morning he welcomed the Lord into his heart by receiving Holy Communion . Rest In Peace Pat and now you can recite to the Angels who will know all the words !!

  14. Jack & Mary McBride wrote:

    We would like to express our sympathy to the entire Eagan clan. You are blessed to belong to such a wonderful family.

  15. Mary-Lou and Ed Osborne wrote:

    Our condolences to the entire Eagan and Baker Clans. What richness life can contain ~ may the good memories carry you all through this difficult time.

  16. Sue Walker & Michael Bodi wrote:

    Dave – so sorry on the loss of your dad, and to the entire Eagan family, please accept our heartfelt condolences.

  17. Eileen Kearney wrote:

    My deepest sympathies to all the Eagans. He was a wonderful man who always had a beautiful smile. So typical of the whole Eagan clan.

  18. Tim Fitzgerald wrote:

    There can be no dispute that my mother Rita was Patrick’s favourite sister. If there were any rebuttable presumptions to be made, they would probably trace to my dad, Edward Fitzgerald who was known simply as “Fitz” – to any Eagan worth his or her place in family lore.

    Fitz loved a good argument and was prepared to take any side of one so long as it raised the ire of his Eagan brothers in-law.
    John and Edward Eagan were clearly above it all, but brothers Vince, Gerry, Patrick and Charles were always fair game. The kitchen table at the old Homestead was the site of many such debates. Patrick, for his part, always stood on the side of reason.
    You knew when Pat was ready to launch a counter attack because his opening words were always the same. “Well gol damn it Fitz…..”.

    I look back very fondly on those times, listening and watching the friendly banter. My dad loved it and so did I. At some level, I suspect we all did.

  19. Vic Doerr wrote:

    I will miss Pat especially at the Catholic mass celebrations Saturday mornings at the Manor

  20. Mary Catherine wrote:

    Our thoughts and prayers to the Eagan Family for your loss
    Sincerely Mike & Mary Catherine

  21. Mary Doldersum wrote:

    Dear Eagan Families.
    Ralph and I wish you our condolences.
    We remember many wonderful get-togethers at the Eagan farm, and Uncle Pat was usually there, with a laugh and a smile.
    Our love to you all.

  22. Peter van Dyk wrote:

    Our Sincere Condolences to the Eagan Clan, Family and friends.
    We will never forget the time spent with Pat and Gerry. Anne and I are very fortunate to have met and spent time with Pat.
    Anne and Peter.

  23. Bailey and Joseph wrote:

    This was very interesting to read – such a full and amazing life! Lots of love and condolences from Bailey and Joseph.

  24. Claire and Jerry Wallace wrote:

    Our condolences David, Janet and Karin and the Eagan family.
    I remember the first time I met Pat Eagan ,
    It was at Marg’s surprise 40th birthday party in the Eagan Bush.
    I introduced myself to him and told him my last name was Feehely.
    That was it. He started to tell me great stories about he and his family walking through our farm to get to school on the second line.
    He talked about my dad my grandparents… what a wonderful chat we had. It was a good hour at that picnic table hearing tales of my family and the Eagans.
    Cherish the memories you have of such a beautiful man.
    I know I will always remember the stories he told me.

  25. Charlie and Robynne Eagan wrote:

    Condolences to David, Janet, Karin and families,

    Uncle Pat was a strong character throughout all of our lives. He was the solo suit wearing Eagan for a longest time. Even in a suit, he was able to (easily?) wrestle the wild human pack that lived at the farm all at once. I recall him challenging us to try to knock him down and valiantly holding us off for a time. Living with him in Toronto as a student, he taught many valuable lessons the strongest being patience and kindness. He was an optimist and I recall him hoping some love of Physics would transfer to Karin.

    I have long assumed I was his favourite Godson, but I am not sure if I have any competition.

    His stories and cunning teasing kept us both interested and on our toes. A great man from a great era. Long may his legacy live through our story telling (and retelling in true Eagan fashion).

    … Charlie and Robynne

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