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Patrick Joseph (Paddy) Horan

June 16, 1924 - September 23, 2011


Obituary, Patrick (Paddy) Joseph Horan
June 16, 1924 – September 23, 2011

The family of long-term Nelson resident, Paddy Horan, would like to announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, uncle and husband on September 23, 2011.

Paddy was a jolly, kind-hearted Irishman who arrived in Canada from his dear homeland in 1956. He and his wife of 53 years, Frances, settled in the Kootenays after meeting in Ontario. A hard-working man his entire life, Paddy worked as a pipefitter while raising his children, Paddy Jr. and Mary. In 1970, Paddy and Fran built and ran the Willow Bay Motel at Six-Mile until 1983, where Paddy was rarely seen without his cherished young grand-daughter, Michelle, and at least one dog happily tagging along at his heels.

After selling the Willow Bay Motel, Paddy, ever the hopeful entrepreneur, opened up a new business, Six-Mile Repair. While Paddy’s fix-it skills were outstanding, the business wound down quickly as he chose to have a cup of tea or a nice cold beer with his customers rather than charge them properly for his labours.

Paddy will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love of his children, grand-children, nephews and nieces (who all loved the golf cart!), and his kindness toward the elderly and every animal that walked the earth. His Irish Eyes A-Smilin’, Paddy was at his best delighting his many visitors with Irish jokes and his infectious laugh. We will miss his generous heart, legendary hospitality and gracious spirit. We know for sure that Paddy’s enjoying Heaven where he was met by a tail-wagging Teddy, his favorite black lab and soul-mate, where both are now contentedly walking rolling green meadows. To his dear loved ones and friends, he leaves an old Celtic blessing:
May there always be work
For your hands to do.
May your purse always hold
A coin or two.
May the sun always shine
On your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain
To follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend
Always be near you
And may God fill your heart.
Paddy’s family would like to thank the caring staff at Mountain Lake and all who touched his merry, Irish heart. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 1, at 2 – 5 pm at Paddy and Fran’s place at Willow Point, 2653 Highway 3A, just above Hellman’s Canoes.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Steve Corrie
Relation: Uncle

Many colourful and fond memories of Uncle Patty. He loved people, and enjoyed their company. His sense of humour was priceless and his laughter infectious. His wit and way with words, coupled with his Irish accent and twinkling eyes made him the centre of attraction at many a gathering. He made hardship fun and knew how to laugh at himself. He will be deeply missed by his family and extended family. My heartfelt sympathies to Aunt Fran, Patty and Mary.

From: Edie Ouaida (Low)
Relation: Niece

Sending my deepest sympathy to Aunt Fran and family. Thinking of you during these difficult times. Uncle Paddy will be missed. Love Edie

From: Dawn Wrangler
Relation: neighbour

I have fond memories of Mr. Horan; his wit, his laughter, his stories.
My sympathies to the family for their loss.

From: Alan, Marion, Ryan & Andrea Low
Relation: Uncle Paddy

We send our condolences to Aunt Fran and Family while remembering the good times at Willowpoint and Riondel. Al was fortunate enough to visit Uncle Paddy’s family home County Sligo back in 1969.

From: Lorne Trickett (Joani)
Relation: Friend

He will be well remembered. Our condolences to all the family.

From: Stewart Enderton
Relation: friend

I was very saddened to read of Paddy’s death. He was great fun to be with and a very decent, fine fellow. I am sorry I can’t attend the
celebration of his life. Some of my family are arriving then and I will be tied up. Kindest regards. Stewart

From: Bob McLure
Relation: I taught with Fran at Central Sch.

Hello Fran,
So sorry to read of Paddy’s passing. He was always such a happy and caring person. I certainly will always remember his jokes!
All the very best to you,
Bob and Sue McLure

From: Patricia Dodd Hannon
Relation: Paddy was my Godfather and Uncle

I am really sad to hear of Uncle Paddy’s death. I am thinking of you all at this time.
Warmest regards
6 The Willows
Curry, Co Sligo

From: Anne Feeley
Relation: Dear Uncle

Dear Uncle Paddy,
I loved you so much. I will never forget you and all the happy times we all had together. I remember some of the stories of your youth…… cycling down the iced river on your bicycle, driving up “the line” with no lights on your car, except for Matt Brannon sitting on the bonnet with a flashlight; the special way you had of driving the Canon’s “loaned” car up the hill to the Parochial House (after a night of revelry) with the engine cut.!
These are old stories Paddy that were all part of you. You were a huge and loving personality and a legend in your own lifetime in Gurteen and Tubbercurry.

I remember that time at Easter when you picked up a large bunch of daffodils to bring home to Maura and everybody who met us on the way home smiled at us……. and I thought…..I know Uncle Paddy is just GREAT but how do these people know?! Of course they were just smiling at this huge bear of a man carrying a huge amount of daffodils. That would have been quite unusual in the streets of Dublin in 1987!

So many memories, Uncle Paddy! I love you and I will never forget you. Go with God.

Dear Fran I hope your family will comfort you in your loss. Keep well.


Service Schedule

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Date & Time:
October 1, 2011
Beginning at 2:00pm

Paddy and Fran''s Place
2653 Highway 3A
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 6L1

2653 Highway 3A
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 6L1

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