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Patrick Pait-The Gift of Today
Patrick was an avid UNC Tar Heel fan who graduated from the University of North Carolina. Upon graduation from UNC, he went on to pursue a law degree from Campbell Law School. As an attorney, he worked for Robeson County and he was also co-owner of Jack Pait Strawberry Farm. Patrick was a member of St. Albans Masonic Lodge as well.
Our local newspaper The Robesonian will have more news on his legacy and his life in the coming days.
His family, friends, co-workers, and people in the community are all asking WHY?
Talking or writing about losing a loved one or friend is a very, personal, and emotional topic. I don’t pretend to have answers that will help someone survive such painful times. I can only say that the greatest gift we can give while we are on this earth is to teach others how to live life well by our example. We need to accept that gift that Patrick gave us and use it. My interactions with Patrick were all gifts that I hope I can apply in my life moving forward. I heard from others yesterday and today that felt the same thing.
His gifts included:
For one he appreciated the simple delights of living in the rural south. Not even a New York City Madison Avenue Public Relations Firm could produce an ad campaign he had on social media about the Jack Pait Strawberry Parade World’s Shortest Parade!! He possessed passion and pride for his family and hometown. He showed us what love of family and friends looked like.
He was committed to lead and serve even if it meant being in charge of a group of much older men this past winter. I know because I was one of the 25 he called on to serve with him. He was the local chairman for the Boy Scouts of America with their Investment in Character Luncheon in Lumberton NC which featured NFL referee Brad Allen. Patrick was a servant leader who all respected despite the age differences. The results of his leadership was seen in the money raised in our community for scouts.
He had an affinity for the Lumber River and the outdoors. He respected nature.
He was a friend to many because he was loyal, friendly, and kind.
I don’t know WHY he left us so soon but I know he gave each of us many lessons on how to live our lives. One big lesson was his realization that EVERY DAY is a GIFT. Go out and treat today like Patrick did. It may not answer WHY he is gone but it does answer WHY he was here.