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Patrick William Vasey

Lakewood, Colorado

Patrick William Vasey

  Patrick William “Pat” Vasey passed away on September 29th, 2023 at the age of 89. He was born on March
17, 1934 in the family home, in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. Born on St. Patrick’s Day, he was
destined to be a proud Irishman. He was a man with a kind demeanor and a great sense of humor. Core
beliefs were to have strong personal relationships and to enjoy the beauty of nature.

 Pat was one of 7 children born to Joseph Valerian and Ernestine Joy Vasey. As a child he lived in the
backwoods of Vancouver Island at the logging camp owned by the family. Eventually the family moved back to
New Westminster where he attended St. Ann’s Academy, St. Peter’s Intermediate School, and Vancouver
College. As a youth he loved spending time playing hockey, playing pool, and being at Crescent Beach.

 He entered the Navy in 1953 and spent 4 years on the U.S.S. Philippine Sea (CVS-47) aircraft carrier. He saw
much of the Pacific during his tour of duty, actively enlisted during the Korean War. While in the service he
became interested in electronics and this would lead to his future career at Lockheed Martin where he worked
for 35 years. He was proud to be involved in the Apollo Missions, Titan ICBM Rockets, and Viking Missions to
Mars.

 At the age of 16 he met his future wife Maxine Marie Marcoux, she was 15 at the time. He always said he saw
her playing basketball at the local church and knew that was the one. They married December 10, 1955 while
he was on leave. After his service in the Navy they made their way to Colorado. Here Pat and Maxine
welcomed three children; Sean Patrick, Kellie Anne, and Michelle Lynn. Pat was a dedicated father and
devoted husband. The family feels very blessed to have had him.

 Pat was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, sports fan, and traveler. The family grew up spending time in the
mountains of Colorado, a state he grew to love. This love of the mountains was passed on to his children and
granddaughter. He started hunting when he first arrived in Denver and it also became a passion. In retirement
Pat and Maxine traveled much of the United States and Canada in their camper. Many memories were created
of the beauty they saw and the people they visited. Trips always included spending time with friends and
family, he insisted on it. All family, even distant relatives, and friends, local and distant, were incredibly
important to Pat. He always made time for a conversation.

 He is survived by his wife of 67 years Maxine Vasey, son Sean Vasey (his wife Theresa), daughter Kellie
Vasey, daughter Michelle Colby (her husband Matt), granddaughter Rachel Maxine Vasey, his sister Margaret
Benderman, his brother John Vasey, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

 He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ernestine Vasey, his sisters Anna and Mary, and brothers
Joseph and Michael.

 Funeral mass will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church, 9405 W. Florida Ave., Lakewood, Colorado on Monday,
October 9, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. A committal at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado will take place Friday, November 3, 2023, 12:30pm, Staging Area C.

 Donations can be made to the National Parks Conservation Association, so that future generations can enjoy
the parks Pat loved.

 

 

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Mass

Monday, October 9, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

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Committal

Friday, November 3, 2023

12:30 - 1:15 pm (Mountain time)

Fort Logan Cemetery, Colorado, Denver

4400 W. Kenton Avenue, Denver, CO 80236

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