Patrick Michael Mulgrew

December 4, 1936 ~ November 22, 2019 (age 82)


On November 22, 2019, Pat Mulgrew, our much-loved father and grandfather, passed away peacefully with his children at his side after succumbing to the effects of a stroke at the age of 82 years.

Pat is survived by his son Kenneth (Mavis); daughter Mary (Dwayne); grandchildren Liam, Matthew, Rhys and Zoe; and sisters Veronica and Angela. He was predeceased by his wife Karen in August 2005.

Pat was one of six children born to parents who had immigrated to Winnipeg from Ireland in the 1930’s. His love and connection with Ireland held strong and was a running theme throughout his life. He cherished the memories of his numerous visits to the Emerald Isle - particularly to his Mother’s birthplace and family farm where his cousins still reside. Pat’s formative years in Winnipeg were spent in the hallways of St. Edward’s Elementary School and St. Paul’s High School. He achieved a B.A. in General Arts from St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba in 1961, where he was also awarded the honor of Senior Stick and made many life-long friends. Graduating from the University of Windsor in 1968 with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in his hand, and a beautiful new bride (and professional nurse) on his arm, Pat returned to the prairies and had a varied and accomplished career. Highlights of his work life include becoming the first clinical psychologist on the psychiatric ward of Victoria General Hospital; establishing a halfway house/community care program at St. Boniface Hospital; and taking on the roles of Executive Director of The Lake of the Woods Child Development Centre in Kenora, ON, and school psychologist with the Child Guidance Clinic of Greater Winnipeg. The final leg of his career began and ended as the first Regional Psychologist for the “D” Division of the RCMP; a role he held for 18 years before he retired.

Pat’s accomplishments run long, but the ones he took the most pride in were usually related to the time, energy and love he devoted to his lake property in northwestern Ontario. Time at the lake with his family was what he looked forward to the most from his earliest childhood jaunts with his parents and siblings to his final lake adventure with his grandchildren last year. In Pat’s words, “there’s no such thing as a bad day at the lake.”

In keeping with Pat’s wishes, there will be a celebration of his life held in Winnipeg this summer.

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