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Dr. Patrick Corkery

March 21, 1926 - November 11, 2014



Dr. Patrick Corkery was born in Newcastle West, Limerick, Ireland on March 21st, 1926. He was the eldest son of Josephine and Cornelius Corkery. His younger siblings were Dennis, Margaret & Nell. Patrick was schooled locally and attended University College Cork, graduating in 1949 with a degree in medicine. He moved to England and worked at the Providence Hospital in St. Helen’s, Lancashire. In 1957 he met and married Barbara Mary Litherland, a physiotherapist, and resided in Warrington, Lancashire where both of his children, John & Bridget, were born. In 1961 the family moved to Bradford, Yorkshire where he entered general practice. In January 1966 the family immigrated to Canada arriving in Lloydminster, Alberta. In June 1966 the family moved to Edmonton where Patrick started a three year program in General Anesthetics at the University of Alberta. In 1969 he began a fourteen year tenure at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. In 1983 he and Barbara moved to Saint John, New Brunswick where he worked as an anesthesiologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital until retiring in 1994. He and Barbara moved to Nelson in 2007 to be closer to their children, who had remained in the west, and their grandchildren. Barbara Corkery died on the 13th of December in 2011 in Nelson. Bridget Grace, his daughter, died on the 22nd of May 2013. He is survived by his sister, Nell O’Mahony, of Cork, Ireland, his brother Dennis Corkery of Liverpool, England, his son John of Calgary, his son in law Michael Grace of Nelson, grandsons Adam and Neil Grace, also of Nelson and Gavin of Revelstoke, BC. Patrick Corkery was a good athlete in his youth and played golf very well throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing and was a keen if imperfect musician. He was an avid jazz fan and had attended many concerts given the jazz greats whenever the opportunity arose. He died on November 11th, 2014 of natural causes having suffered from pulmonary fibrosis over the last two years. He will be sorely missed. 


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From: Gerry Sobie
Relation: church visitor who became friend

I met Patrick in July, 2013 when asked by Sr. Nancy Hurren if I would be willing to bring communion to him in his home. We both enjoyed our weekly time together on Friday afternoons, usually around 4pm. I got to learn a lot about Patrick, his life, his accomplishments and his regrets. It was a special time together that we both enjoyed and looked forward to weekly visits. He died a little when his dear Barbara Mary died and then his precious Bridgette. In our visits over the last few months, Patrick told me he was getting tired and wanted to be with his wife and daughter. May God grant Patrick Corkery eternal peace. Condolences on behalf of my wife and me to John, Michael, Gavin, Adam and Neil and your loved ones.

From: Anne ford
Relation: Family friend

Please pass my condolences to the family of Paddy Corkery. My mother and father were good friends of the Corkery family when they lived in Bradford and I attended the same school as John.
My mother, Marie White now lives in headingley, Leeds and is well cared for. She has many happy memories of Sean and Paddy’s golfing days and is sorry to hear of the passing of another great friend.
Best wishes

From: Linda Hoskin
Relation: Acquaintance through Alzheimer Society

I got to know both Patrick and Bridget through their difficult journey with Barbara’s disease. They were both so very supportive of her, with all the problems they faced together as a family. Patrick was such a gentleman. I always appreciated his calm and quiet manner and wished that I had known him in earlier, less stressful years. My sympathy and prayers to all of his family.
Linda Hoskin, Retired Support & Educaton Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of BC

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
November 15, 2014
Beginning at 10:00am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
913 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

913 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3


Date & Time:
November 14, 2014
Beginning at 7:00pm

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
913 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

913 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

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