Patrick James Symborski

Patrick Symborski passed away suddenly of a heart attack in North Shuswap, BC.

Pat is survived by his brother Bruce Symborski of Calgary AB, his two sisters, Kathy (Bryon) Hilland of Calgary AB, and Kerri (Wade) Trainor of Dartmouth NS. He leaves behind 9 nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Leanne, Jamie & Shannon Hilland; Alana & Kayla Symborski; Brendan, Dennis, Tanis & Justin Trainor. His beloved cat and constant companion Keesha will be well cared for by family members.

Pat was born in Regina, Sask and was raised in Calgary AB before settling in BC where he lived with, and cared for, his parents (Marnie & Peter) before their untimely deaths in April and October of 2010.

As a youngster Pat was an avid athlete; excelling both in hockey and baseball. However, his greatest love of all was fishing. He was happiest on the water and was always avidly willing to share his tips, tricks and stories of his fishing expeditions. His smoked fish was renowned in both BC & AB and was a treat and a delight to receive.

Throughout his life Pat learned many skills while working as a surveyor helper, pipeline labourer, meat cutter and being a fishing guide on Great Bear Lake in NWT. He became a volunteer firefighter for the Celista Fire Dept. in 2005 and also worked for the Provincial Park clearing paths and hiking trails.

Some of Pat’s happiest moments were spending time on the Shuswap Lake with his nieces and nephews. He always brought along his special tackle box that was filled with candies and treats to share while he taught them all the art of fishing.

Pat touched the hearts of anyone he knew. He had a heart of gold and was always willing to help those in need, even when he had little to give himself. Although he will be dearly missed, he will live on in the hearts of his family & friends with their many happy memories.

A Memorial will take place in the fall in Calgary AB. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Pat’s name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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