In Celebration of

Patrick David Schmidt

November 8, 1946 -  October 14, 2020

Patrick passed away peacefully at the Sunnybrook Palliative Care Unit on October 14, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Gypsy Schmidt, and is survived by his beloved wife and best friend Ann Merritt, his sister Dr. Michele Chaban (Peter), his brother Dr. Peter Schmidt (Maria-Luisa), his brother-in-law Fred Merritt and his nephew Peter Schmidt (Chelsey) and niece Natalia Schmidt.

Patrick was born in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto and Queen’s University Law School. His two great passions in life were his legal career and the game of golf — both at which he excelled. Patrick was a dedicated and accomplished lawyer and devoted himself to the pursuit of excellence in representing his clients. In particular, he loved the courtroom and was a gifted advocate. Patrick also loved teaching — whether in law or golf — and was considered an excellent instructor and mentor. He was much respected and admired by those who had the good fortune to work with him or be his friend. Patrick had a wonderful sense of humour and an unfailingly positive attitude. He was a great storyteller and an entertaining companion and always strived to put people at ease.

Patrick always said that he was a very lucky person. He felt fortunate to be able to pursue what he wanted in life and had no unfulfilled “bucket list”. He was grateful to be able to divide his time between his home in Toronto, his cottage in Southampton, Ontario and his residence in Marco Island, Florida, and felt truly blessed to have a wide circle of supportive and caring friends throughout his life.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at the Odette Cancer Centre, the Sunnybrook Hospital and the Sunnybrook Palliative Care Unit for the superlative and loving care they provided to Patrick during the course of his illness. Pursuant to Patrick’s wishes there will be a private family memorial.

Donations in Patrick’s memory to the Sunnybrook Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be forwarded through


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debra paulseth (a longstanding fan!)

Entered October 16, 2020 from toronto

Patrick always had a quick smile and warm embrace - such a lovely man and talented counsel- he will be sorely missed! Much love to Ann and the family

Susan Lee (Friend of Ann and Pat)

Entered October 16, 2020 from Toronto

Pat was a lovely man filled with humour, kindness and a quiet dignity
I am so very sorry for the loss of this good soul

Julie K Hannaford 

Entered October 16, 2020 from Toronto

Dear Ann and Family: I will always remember Pat as a vigorous advocate, but, most of all as someone who was always generous with his time, quick witted, filled with amusing stories and anecdotes, and someone who - even in the midst of a battle - was kind and civil. Pat was devoted to excellence in the law, and equally devoted to family and friends. Pat was one of the best mentors around. He taught his lawyers to be excellent but also to give back generously. I will miss him. Sincerely, Julie

Mary kifonidis (Long-time employee and friend)

Entered October 16, 2020 from Toronto

Pat you were a great mentor and boss. I was very privileged to have worked for you for 33 years before I retired in 2015. You were truly a man of class and will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to Ann and your family.

Stephen Codas (Colleague)

Entered October 16, 2020 from Toronto

Please accept my sympathies for your loss. Pat left a mark on all of those he came into contact with. While on opposite sides of files, we were on the same side of what really mattered. He will be sorely missed. I am sure he has left you all many memories to access in this difficult time. Be well.

Stephen Codas


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