Law en­force­ment com­mu­nity hon­ors Lt. Dale Pa­trick

Times-Record - - Front Page - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — The com­mu­nity lost a long­time friend and pro­tec­tor last week. Re­tired Lt. Dale Lynn Pa­trick of the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice died March 28, 2018, af­ter a coura­geous bat­tle with cancer. He was 63 and served nearly 40 years as a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer on the Mid-Shore.

Pa­trick started his ca­reer in July 1978 as a corrections of­fi­cer in Tal­bot County. He went on the be­come a deputy sher­iff in Tal­bot in 1985 and moved up the ranks to chief deputy un­der for­mer Sher­iff John Eller­bush. He left the Tal­bot Sher­iff’s Of­fice in 1993 to work for the Denton Po­lice Depart­ment be­fore com­ing to work at the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. He re­tired in 2011 from Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice as a lieu­tenant and pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, then re­turned in a con­tract po­si­tion un­til last sum­mer.

He re­ceived three Gover­nor’s Ci­ta­tions, a Life-Sav­ing Com­men­da­tion and, most re­cently, the Ja­son Sch­wenz Award — the high­est honor pre­sented by the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Cold cases and law en­force­ment his­tory were of special interest to Pa­trick, and ear­lier this year the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice un­veiled a his­tor­i­cal dis­play of mem­o­ra­bilia. Pa­trick, with the help of Bill Sharp and Cir­cuit Court Clerk Scott MacGlashan, cre­ated the ex­hibit over the last four years. Dis­play cases stretch down the long back hall­way filled with old pic­tures of deputies, radar guns, badges, var­i­ous it­er­a­tions of ba­tons, the orig­i­nal sher­iff’s badge, hand­cuffs, a pic­ture of the old de­ten­tion cen­ter where the Lib­erty Build­ing now stands, fin­ger­print­ing pads and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. The idea is to give the pub­lic a glimpse of law en­force­ment through the ages in Queen Anne’s County.

The blue fam­ily does not have in­ter­na­tional bound­aries, said Paul Sette, De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor, New Scot­land Yard. London, re­tired, in a post on Face­book.

“Dale was a lo­cal law en­force­ment leg­end, but he was more than that, he helped us solve a mur­der in lit­tle old England, if you’ve seen his Bob­bies Hel­met, I had the priv­i­lege of giving him that af­ter he helped con­vict Garry Malone of mur­der­ing his wife, due to Dale’s as­sis­tance he is still rot­ting away in jail. Out of that case came a friend­ship which lasted over 15 years …,” Sette wrote.

Born in Eas­ton, Pa­trick was the son of Franklin E. Pa­trick and Anna Mae Pa­trick (Purdy), both de­ceased. He is also pre­ceded in death by a brother, Frank Pa­trick.

Pa­trick leaves be­hind his lov­ing wife, Michelle Pa­trick; his daugh­ters, Trilby Pap­ineau and her hus­band, Pa­trick, of Eas­ton, MD, and Casey Pa­trick of Knoxville, TN; a step-son, Michael Ber­ard and his wife, Mar­guerite, of Ft. My­ers, FL; seven grand­chil­dren and another grand­child whom he was look­ing forward to meet­ing in just a few weeks; a niece and two neph­ews.

Pa­trick was a life­long fan of John Wayne, the Dal­las Cow­boys, and the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles. He was an avid reader and had a pas­sion for Amer­i­can his­tory and ge­neal­ogy. Dale was a man of his word, serv­ing his com­mu­nity with pride, hon­esty and in­tegrity.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Pa­trick’s life was held at 11 a.m. on Satur­day, April 7, at the Fel­lows, Helfen­bein and New­nam Fu­neral Home in Centreville, where friends and fam­ily vis­ited be­gin­ning at 9:30 a.m. Guests were in­vited to honor Pa­trick by dress­ing com­fort­ably and shar­ing fa­vorite mem­o­ries and some smiles. Cow­boys and Ori­oles fans en­joyed pre­ferred seat­ing.

A re­cep­tion fol­lowed in the hall at Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany with food by Mis­sion BBQ — bar­be­cue be­ing one of Pa­trick’s fa­vorite foods.

Pa­trick’s fam­ily asks that me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions be di­rected to Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, 160 Cour­se­vall Dr., Centreville, MD 21617, or com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org.

PHOTO BY AN­GELA PRICE

Michelle Pa­trick dis­plays a photo of her late hus­band Dale as she stands with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

PHOTO BY AN­GELA PRICE

Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann gives the eu­logy for Lt. Dale Pa­trick at his me­mo­rial ser­vice Satur­day, April 7, at Fel­lows, Helfen­bein and New­nam Fu­neral Home in Centreville.

DALE LYNN PA­TRICK

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