Rosemary's Blog


Patrick David Parker Corrales (1981-2014)
March 20, 2014, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Family and Friends

     

Pat Corrales on the left among his friends from McCallie and GPS.  Jordan Smith in the front center.

Pat Corrales on the left among his friends from McCallie and GPS. Jordan Smith in the front center.

An extraordinary young man died three days ago in Atlanta, GA. Pat Corrales was a close friend of our son Jordan when they both were students at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN.  Pat Corrales was a boarding student from Atlanta who spent many hours at our home in Shepherd Hills along with Jordan’s group of friends from McCallie and GPS.

Pat Corrales touched the lives of everyone who knew him. Luther and I loved the times that Pat and the other students filled our house with laughter and lively conversation. We first met Pat in 1996, four years after the death of our sons Drew and Jeremiah. Our house had been silent with loss for over four years. Along with Jordan, we longed for our house to be filled with laughter and Pat was the catalyst those idyllic years at McCallie. As his family said in his obituary, “He loved people and people loved him.”

Pat Corrales graced our lives for three years until he and Jordan and their classmates graduated in 1999. I never saw Pat after graduation but thought of him so many times. He and Jordan had been in contact over the years and remained close friends even though they lived far apart. Hearing the news that Pat had died has been devastating to our family. Why hadn’t we made it a point to make a trip to Atlanta to reconnect? Of all people, we know the importance of staying in the moment and always letting people know that you care about them. Pat, I hope you know now in your heavenly wisdom how much you are loved and missed by everyone who ever met you.

Love,

Rosemary, Luther and Jordan


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