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 www.turnerporter.ca