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Patrick Gehue June 29 1965 to May 22 2024

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On May 22, 2024, Patrick Gehue, beloved father, grandfather, partner, son, brother, uncle, friend and proud member of Sipekne’katik First Nation, peacefully joined the Creator in the Mi’kmaq spirit world.
Pat was born in Indian Brook, NS on June 29, 1965. He spent his childhood on a small reservation where he developed into a local sports legend and unarguably its favourite, famed son. A gentle, loving, self professed “mama’s boy” who innately and genuinely cared for all persons he encountered, “Patty-Boy”, as he was dubbed, cherished his childhood amongst a large multigenerational, matriarchal Mi’kmaq family.
A born optimist with a penchant for finding the positive in life, he thrived on the love and joy of family, community, faith, and sports prevalent on the reserve. As an adult he desperately fought to keep the generational trauma, poverty, addiction and despair heaped disgracefully upon our Indigenous peoples at bay, while doing whatever he could, whenever he could, to be his Brother’s Keeper. He was called upon to speak in Conne River on many occasions and gracefully embraced the opportunity for connection with Indigenous youth. Chief Mi’sel Joe became a lifelong mentor, father and spiritual leader for Paddy.
A natural athlete, Pat excelled at sports. He remains more myth than man still on reservations in Atlantic Canada and beyond, for his pitching prowess, his speed as a runner and his skill at hockey. Paddy loved to brag of his years spent playing (and surviving he would add!) “Indian hockey“ to his 4 children who grew up playing hockey, soccer, skiing and tennis a world away in St. John’s, Newfoundland. To the day of his death Pat held firm to his conviction that Next Year was the year his Leafs would take the Cup.
Patrick was the first member of his extended family to complete school. He remained a passionate believer in education along any avenue. He was a brilliant artist who enthralled children everywhere he went with his impromptu art sessions. His Marble Mountain “etch-a sketch” works were sheer magic. Countless children, and adults alike, marveled at the “skier”, the “bug car” and other non-linear works that defied imagination. The Montreal Canadiens logo, while Pat maintained it burned his hands to sketch, was only done when requested by children. Additionally, it challenged his creativity compared to the Leafs logo which was permenantly “etched” in his heart!
Paddy was also the first Sipekne’katik First Nation member to become a regular member of the RCMP, enlisting in 1987. With his charm, winsome attitude and engaging personality, (along with his athletic prowess that at times mattered most in those early policing days!) he seemingly sailed through basic training. He obliterated unjust stereotypes with his work ethic and eagerness to help anyone anytime. He excelled in team work.
Pat was first posted to Twillingate, NL where he embraced Newfoundland, making it his forever Home. His genuine nature extinguished barriers in others while his indigenous self struggled privately to foster worthiness within.
In police work, Paddy’s humility, empathy and humour gained him great respect and affection within his communities: he truly embodied what it meant to live and work a life of service. Whether it was due to the hard won battles he struggled to master as an Indigenous man trying to integrate, or whether it was a true Gift he was born with, Pat displayed Christianity daily: he saw himself and his God in the eyes of each person he dealt with. He judged no one. He lived the adage “there but for the Grace of God go I”. The plight of his Indigenous brothers and sisters remained an open wound. The lack of action from The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the disgraced MMIWG inquiry haunted him to his death.
While his memory may be cherished for any or all of the above; for the hours and years he devoted to coaching hockey and soccer; or for his humanity in answering calls from persons of all walks of life for “help”; Pat will forever be cherished for the role he remains incomparable in. Dad.
Pat’s beloved children were his Life. They were cherished and adored. Pat lived and loved his children with the whole of his being, they were his heart and his soul. He will remain a Hero to Michael (Meghan O’Neill), Maria (Evan Smith), Rachel and Caroline who simply adored him. The pedestal they placed him on was well deserved. Paddy was many things; the greatest of all was Father.
Pat’s life was forever changed by his stroke in September of 2013. While he was at peace knowing he was soon to join his ancestors, his greatest sorrow was not being able to be an active Granddad to his grandchildren. His soul was shattered by his inability to don the mantle he so deserved to model in the lives of Freya and Fiona Gehue and Theodore Smith . These 3 precious souls now have an eternal light beaming love and guiding them along every step of their journeys.
Patrick was predeceased by his parents Stephen and Elizabeth (Sack) Gehue of Indian Brook NS, his beloved cousin Clarence Knockwood, his nephew Sammy Gehue, his mother-in-law Madeline (Hall) Fox, his brother-in-law Jeffrey Fox, his precious niece Katie Beer and great nephew Elijah Julian. In addition to his children and grandchildren, Pat leaves behind his wife, Colleen Fox, his brothers Stephen, Gabriel and Sheldon Gehue along with his sisters Germaine, Georgina, Stephanie, Charmaine, Wendy and their families of Indian Brook, NS.
Patrick also leaves behind his beloved extended family in NL, his father-in-law David Fox, Janet Fox Beer and Ron Beer and their sons Matthew, Daniel, Thomas and Patrick ; Nancy Fox Mayo, Larry Mayo and their children; Richard Fox; Bruce Fox and his wife Joelle Kempa Fox and their children.
True to Pat’s nature he embraced his new family in Newfoundland. He forged special bonds with his “brothers” Ron Beer, Bruce Fox and Larry Mayo who remain devastated by his loss. Together they nurtured a brotherly love with common beliefs in Family, Faith and Friends. They raised their children together in an atmosphere of unconditional love that had no limits nor boundaries.
Paddy also leaves behind countless friends, coworkers in the RCMP, RNC, RCMP Veterans’s Association, and athletes he coached and mentored. Our family is beyond Blessed to live in the knowledge that Pat’s “breakfast group”, spearheaded by Edgar Elliott, is, without question, present for us all. Harassing weekly texts from Edgar ensured that of Ron Beer, Ken Marshall, Scott Moffatt, Carl Sheppard, Ron Ellsworth, Daniel Martin, Arthur Rideout, Stuart Baird, Jim Whelan, Bill Goodridge, David Kannenberg, John McNicholas, Steve Battcock and Tak Ishiwata, someone would be there on Saturday mornings for “breakfast with Paddy” at the Jag. John Steele and Bill Butler always ensured their table was available. These brothers provided Paddy with such Joy throughout his ever increasingly insular world as the repercussions of his brain injury insipidly stole what little Joy remained. Words cannot articulate the gratitude felt for what these men did for Pat and consequently for Michael. For a young man to lose his father so early, Michael was Blessed by the Fathers who chose lovingly and selflessly to embrace him.
A special thank you to the staff of Chancellor Park for the care they provided for Pat over the last decade, especially Dr. Matthew Ryan. Dr. Ryan was instrumental in ensuring Pat’s comfort and dignity in his last moments, and for that we are eternally grateful.
Paddy’s family will be holding visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home on Friday, May 24th from 12:00 to 9:00 pm. The funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2 Convent Lane, Torbay on Saturday, May 25th at 10:00. In lieu of flowers the family would gratefully accept donations to the “The Patty-Boy Project”. Smallwood Academy, with the support of Chief Mi’sel Joe, has committed to creating and publishing an artistic multi medium resource of children’s visions on how to respectfully enact and live the 94 TRC’s Calls to Action: the goal is for this publication to be made available to all school children in NL and beyond.
Pat will be interred in Indian Brook, NS on June 1, 2024.
Please click the following link to donate to the “The Patty-Boy Project”.
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