IN MEMORY ...
Pat Sweeney: 'Positively Impacted More
People Than He May Have Ever Realized'
December 27, 2018
Note: As the voice-over community mourns the passing of Pat Sweeney, we reprint with permission yesterday's blog by one of Pat's many friends, Peter K. O'Connell ...
By Peter K. O'Connell
Oh Canada. You've lost a great one.
In the 8+ years that I have been friends with Pat Sweeney, he had become one of those rare fellows of whom I only heard positive, kind words said.
Marking his passing from cancer yesterday morning, those kind words are being reiterated and certainly shouted from the roof tops. As they should.
Family was first and foremost to Pat, as he would often speak of his wife and sons. They were his everything.
But second, I think, was his love of the voice-over industry and of the community that Patrick Sweeney helped foster in Toronto and pretty much everywhere else he went.
Before I moved to Raleigh, NC, I lived most of my life in Buffalo, NY, nearby to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where Pat and his family live.
My affinity for Canada is well known (my Grandmother was born there and I spent my summers in Fort Erie, Ontario for decades). So I was especially happy to hear many years ago that a pair of my voice-over friends had gotten together in Toronto to create a local Voiceover Meetup Group called VO in TO.
One of the group's founders was female voice talent Jodi Krangle. The other (and to hear Jodi tell it, a driving force behind the group) was Pat Sweeney.
To watch Pat navigate the room at a VO in TO meetup was a thing of beauty.
If you didn't know Pat before you walked through the door, you would know him by the time you left. And he would introduce you to one or two other people there whom he thought you should know, so you could have someone to say hi to at the next meeting.
Pat was a wonderful community builder.
Another voice-over group where we shared many happy times together was at an annual event called FaffCon. This is a wonderful group of talents from all over the world who would come together to share best practices in a very inclusive and welcoming format. It was an event tailor made for Pat, who certainly learned a great deal from his fellow voice talents, but possibly shared even more, especially in one on one conversations.
Pat's supportive and encouraging spirit, attitude and actions positively impacted more people than he may have ever realized.
All of this ignores when Pat and I would chat about his visits to Buffalo or mine to TO. Or when we worked together as part of a voice-over marketing collective called MVO: The Voice-Over Guys. Or when he would commiserate with me on the phone about my (usually losing) Buffalo sports teams.
You always left a conversation with Pat feeling better.
All of this kindness and help from Pat made it so challenging for us (his VO pals) when Pat got sick and we couldn't help the guy who had always helped us.
There wasn't much we could do but support and pray for Pat and his family. Hard as we'd pray, it never felt like enough of a repayment for a gentleman who so positively impacted so many people.
We are deeply sorry for his family's loss but are grateful for their many family memories and for Pat's final peace.
Me? I'm selfish. I will miss my friend.
Eternal rest grant to your servant Patrick, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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