Patrick Kearney

Obituary of Patrick John Kearney

Patrick John Kearney, (Pat, Chili, Cubby Hubby) 66, of Maryville, TN passed away Sunday, November 1st in Nashville, TN. Born February 27, 1954, to Thomas (Big Tom) and Anne (Aunt Anne) Kearney in Brooklyn, NY. Preceded in death by his beloved parents and younger brother Daniel, as well as by his loving aunts and uncles. Survived by his devoted wife of nearly 43 years, Deborah Baur (TMB) as well as by his brother Thomas Kearney (Catherine), sister Mary Anderson, nephews, nieces, cousins, and so many friends. Also survived by his faithful dog Sam Jones, one of many that Pat & Deb rescued. His loving wife, sister, and brother were with him until his last breath. Pat never just ¨met¨ someone. He made friends with almost everyone he came into contact with. Those connections survived decades of physical distance. From St. Mary Gate of Heaven elementary school to the Grassy Knoll, then to John Adams HS and St. John´s University and beyond. He particularly enjoyed Sunday Sillies at various weekend getaways. Just like Peter Pan, Pat tried to never grow up and was always ready to have a good time. He mastered motorcycle riding, and he also enjoyed buying and selling motorcycles. He was for a time a NASCAR fan and enjoyed attending races. Mostly so he could hang out in the parking lot barbecuing and enjoying a cold one. He loved accumulating real estate, which is one of his legacies. He would spend countless hours poring over ads, researching locations, and would have purchased more if unchecked. A lifelong basketball junkie, Pat attended St. Johnś University on a full basketball scholarship, with a lovely blue VW Bug thrown in for good measure. He learned from and coached with such greats as Jack Curran, Frank Mulzoff, and Lou Carnesecca. Realizing that his beloved Celtics were not going to call him up, he earned his Master of Science in Education. He taught history and coached at Archbishop Molloy HS. He then took a different path, hiring on with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner and Smith, achieving VP status before retiring from MLPFS, and working part-time for FedEx. He claimed that he was getting paid to have fun and work out with the gang in Salt Lake City. Married to his sweetheart in 1977, Pat and Deb traveled the world for decades. His favorite destination was Ireland. He dreamed of applying for dual citizenship. There were memorable trips as well to Germany, Sweden, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, and so many other places it would be quicker to say where they hadn't gone. Lately, cruising had become a passion. Pat and Deb moved from the East Coast to Utah in 1993, then retired to Tennessee in 2018. Their union lasted for 50 years, from their first meeting in October 1970. They intended to spend their golden years traveling. He had a lifetime love of music as well, attending perhaps a dozen Elton John concerts, among others, and one memorable Pete Seeger performance. He was a skilled air guitar player, and had to perform all the kicks and yells to accompany the playing. Even when driving! In his final days, unable to speak, music was a comfort to him. A smile lit his face, and eyebrow movement showed that he was enjoying the mini-concert. Many thanks to the palliative care staff at Vanderbilt Hospital for their loving care. Curiously, his night hospice nurse was Daniel. Brother Tom remarked that the four siblings were together again. As befits his generous nature, he was an organ and tissue donor. If you want to make a difference please consider organ and tissue donation. Had circumstances been different, Pat might have been a recipient. Pat always wanted a party on his passing. Thus, celebrations of life will take place post Covid-19, hopefully in 2021; most likely in the NY and Salt Lake City areas. He has been cremated and a decision on his final resting place has not yet been made. Think of Pat with a smile, and raise a glass in his honor.
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