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Patrick Christopher Melville Sr.

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MELVILLE, Patrick Christopher, Sr., 81, of Alpena, died in his sleep early Thursday, November 6, 2014.  He is now free from the body that had become his cage & tormenter.  He joins his wife Abbie Lois (Landrigan), brothers Paul & Mike, parents Richard & Elizabeth (McGurn) and the rest of the clan that has gone before him.
The precocious firstborn son was reading jokes from the Reader’s Digest at age four.  He never ceased to surprise his family and friends.  As a youngster he exhibited great skill in crafting model airplanes.  This skill later served him in restoration of antique firearms.  He was the first Naval Reservist to travel to Grosse Isle Naval Air Station near Detroit.   He used to hitchhike down & back for Navy Drill Weekends between his junior and senior years at Alpena High School.  Others who lived within shouting distance of the NAS called in claiming the weather was “too bad to get there” yet he had perfect attendance.  This was Pat.  He graduated from AHS in 1951 and also attended Georgetown University.   From an enlisted “Whitehat” he advanced to become a Navy pilot at Pensacola, FL & later was an instructor there.  He met his wife, Abbie, an Air Force Nurse while visiting his brother Mike at Bolling AFB in Washington D.C.  They married & had two sons, Patrick Christopher, Jr. and Richard Edmund.  After leaving the Navy as a Lieutenant, he worked for Insurance Company of North America & later started his own aviation insurance company in Little Rock, AR later moving it to Montgomery, AL. where he was recognized by Lloyds of London for breaking industry records in his first year of operating.  When he returned to Michigan, he continued his involvement with young people in the Civil Air Patrol, a task he began in Alabama.  He resigned from that group due to the increasing limitations imposed by advancing Parkinson’s disease.  While his body permitted, he was an active member of the American Legion Post #0351 and St. Bernard Catholic Church.
In addition to his two sons, he has six grandchildren: Taylor, Alicia, Madeleine, Liam, Colin, Jackson, a sister, Kathleen, and eight nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at St. Bernard Catholic Church from 10:00 am until the time of the memorial mass at 11:00 am with Fr. James Fitzpatrick officiating.   Memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard Church restoration fund, the Civil Air Patrol or the Parkinson’s support group here in Alpena.  McWilliams Funeral Home – Alpena assisted the family.  On-line condolences may be registered at www.mcwilliamsfh.com