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