Patrick Clark


The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

DAVID­SON — We cel­e­brate the life of Patrick Clark Brax­ton-An­drew (PBA, Pato, Pibba), a life that ended far too soon on Oc­to­ber 28, 2018. Yet in those 34 years , Patrick ex­pe­ri­enced more than many would ever dream. He lived his pas­sions: teach­ing his stu­dents to love the Span­ish lan­guage and Latin cul­ture and food as he did ; set­ting up his own tu­tor­ing busi­ness to pro­mote not only aca­demic ex­cel­lence, but also to in­still the de­sire for life­time learn­ing and cu­rios­ity; trav­el­ing to far off places (Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, SE Asia), in­ter­act­ing with lo­cals wher­ever he ven­tured, and find­ing kind­ness and gen­eros­ity through­out. As Patrick wrote in the in­tro to one of his photo al­bums “I’ve stood breath­less... with loved ones at the feet of world- class won­ders and made life­long friends, oh so many un­for­get­table friends, and eaten odd­i­ties and del­i­ca­cies, of­ten in the same bite. I’ve con­tracted ex­otic ill­nesses and learned a lan­guage and for­got­ten to call or email and sur­vived the reck­less­ness that per­haps in­her­ently aff licts any­one who’s will­ing to pack a back­pack full of be­long­ings and, sim­ply, leave. Along the way, while learn­ing to shed be­long­ings and pre­con­cep­tions, I’ve ac­cu­mu­lated more sto­ries than I can ever (or, in cer­tain cases, should ever!) tell.” No mat­ter how far he ven­tured, he al­ways re­turned to the David­son com­mu­nity where he grew up, grad­u­at­ing from David­son Col­lege in 2006. Many here will miss see­ing him on his daily runs along the roads near town; oth­ers will re­call the meals shared, his vo­ra­cious ap­petite, and es­pe­cially his love for dessert. We will all con­tinue to be in­spired by the com­mit­ment he had to his stu­dents, the joy he found in his trav­els, the friend­ships he cher­ished world­wide, and his love of life. Patrick is sur­vived by his mother, Jean Brax­ton and fa­ther, Gary An­drew, his brother, Kerry Brax­ton-An­drew and sis­ter-in- law, Kath­leen Brax­ton-An­drew, and count­less ex­tended fam­ily and friends who will carry on his mem­ory. Patrick’s fam­ily wishes to thank the David­son com­mu­nity for their out­pour­ing of love and sup­port and the yel­low rib­bons of hope. We want to thank the friends of Patrick who worked tire­lessly to ef­fect the search ef­forts in Mex­ico. And we wish to ac­knowl­edge the coura­geous lead­er­ship of the Gov­er­nor and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of Chi­huahua in find­ing Patrick’s body and re­turn­ing him home. Gifts in Patrick’s mem­ory may be made to one of the fol­low­ing: (1) via check to the Patrick Brax­ton-An­drew Memo­rial Fund, David­son Col­lege, Box 7170, David­son, NC 28035 or us­ing the fol­low­ing link: www.give­cam­ (search for Patrick). This fund will pro­vide grants to David­son stu­dents to study or travel abroad. (2) via check, payable to E2D (www. e-2- d. org), a non- profit or­ga­ni­za­tion-where Patrick vol­un­teered his time- ded­i­cated to help­ing peo­ple in his com­mu­nity learn tech­nol­ogy skills. Mail to E2D, Inc., PO Box 1299, David­son, NC 28036, writ­ing PBA (or Patrick) in the memo line or do­nate on­line at: www. e-2- d. org/ do­nate (un­der “spe­cial in­struc­tions”, note PBA or Patrick). A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life ser­vice will be held on Satur­day, De­cem­ber

15 at 3: 00 pm at David­son Col­lege Pres­by­te­rian Church, 100 N Main St, David­son, North Carolina, 28036. There will be a re­cep­tion fol­low­ing the ser­vice at the col­lege’s Lilly Fam­ily Gallery in Cham­bers Build­ing on campus. Raymer-Kepner Fu­neral Home is serv­ing the fam­ily.

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