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Pat McGowan

 


robinheid  (D 5533)

Apr 1, 2011, 9:37 AM
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Always smiling, always enthusiastic, always helpful, always ardent about life and family and skydiving and the Dallas Cowboys.

RIP old friend.

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Danl  (D 24141)

Apr 1, 2011, 10:54 AM
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I will miss Pat. He coached me early on, and was still teaching to the end. Such a great, dedicated skydiver, Pat was certainly among the last one would expect to have such a tragic accident.

Deepest condolences to Blue and the children.

Dan'l


skyejumper  (D 23317)

Apr 1, 2011, 11:12 AM
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So sorry to hear. Frown He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Blue and their children.






labrys  (D 29848)

Apr 1, 2011, 12:01 PM
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What a lovely smile.


patworks  (D 1813)

Apr 1, 2011, 12:27 PM
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UPI Feed --Published: April 1, 2011 at 1:25 PM)----
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California skydivers die in chute tangle Patrick McGowan Jr. of Menifee, Calif., and Christopher Stasky of San Diego, both 42, died Thursday afternoon in a jump over Perris Valley Airport, The Desert Sun of Palm Springs reported. Witnesses said their parachutes collided 200- to 300 feet in the air, deflating both of them. Neither skydiver was able to reinflate his chute.McGowan had been a skydiving instructor for Skydive Perris for nearly 20 years and oversaw parachuting at the airport, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. Stasky was helping him train parachute instructors for the Canadian military.


matthewcline  (D 21585)

Apr 1, 2011, 3:15 PM
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Blue skies Pat. Soar Free.

Matt


freakyrat  (D 12700)

Apr 1, 2011, 3:21 PM
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My heartfelt condolences go out to Pat and Chris's family and friends.


skygypsie  (B License)

Apr 1, 2011, 4:35 PM
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~ Peaceful Flights Forever ~


patworks  (D 1813)

Apr 1, 2011, 8:40 PM
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Jan Meyer told me,
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that no one saw the pre-collision canopy trajectories.
It is a 'we don't know' situation.


jwynne  (D License)

Apr 1, 2011, 8:49 PM
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I'm just so sad. My heart goes out to Pat's wife and his children. He loved them so much. A few years ago a friend of his died in a canopy collision. It really affected him. He stopped jumping for about a year. He told me that he stopped jumping because the thing he wanted most in the world was to be there while his children grew up. Then he was travelling a lot. He wasn't happy with that either because it took him away from his family. Pat introduced me to 4way and shared his love of the skies. I'll think of him when I'm up there.
Blue Skies - Janna


Premier skybytch  (D License)

Apr 2, 2011, 1:05 PM
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I first met Patrick in 1996, when his wife Blue hired me to work in the Square One store in Perris. The two of them have had a huge impact on my life, just in the way I've seen that they live their lives.

My son was 6 when I learned to skydive. He had to wait 12 long years to do his first jump. For his 18th birthday at the end of 2001, I bought him an AFF Cat A at Perris. I made a point of being sure that Patrick was his FJC instructor and also one of his instructors on the jump.

There were numerous wonderful and highly experienced instructors at Perris at the time. Why did I want David to learn from Patrick? Because Patrick was an amazing instructor and coach - on the ground, in the tunnel and in the air.

My best memory of tunnel time was with Patrick coaching. Never before and never again have I flown so much like I knew WTF I was doing. That's what Patrick could do - he could make anybody look good, all while smiling and giving the kind of encouragement that made you want that coaching time to never end.

I didn't get to see him often since I moved to NorCal, but when I did there was always that big smile and a big hug and a genuine feeling that he cared about me. And it was so awesome to see his face light up when he talked about Rose and Jamie - and they were always one of the first topics of conversation.

BSBD Patrick. I love you. Thanks for being you.


Tiger  (B License)

Apr 2, 2011, 1:19 PM
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My husband's and my heart goes out to Blue, our friend, and their children.


zoobrothertom  (D 9397)

Apr 2, 2011, 6:35 PM
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RIP Pat. Frown


fossg  (C 16560)

Apr 2, 2011, 7:30 PM
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Has a fund for the familys been set up? If so I would like information on that


flyangel2

Apr 2, 2011, 9:22 PM
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http://www.skydiveperris.com/pmg_fund/


Feeblemind  (D 28621)

Apr 3, 2011, 3:02 PM
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I only had the honor to meet Pat on a couple of occasions. I was privileged to fly camera as he coached a four way team (regular vidiot was injured). During that brief tenure I was able to learn as he coached the team and he even took some time to help out me out. He always had a smile and was enthusiastic.

I happened to hear this song yesterday and it really made me think about Pat.

http://new.music.yahoo.com/...e-of-my-own--1801904

BSBD Pat, Frown


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tdog  (D 28800)

Apr 3, 2011, 3:33 PM
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Pat was my first coach in the tunnel in 2005 when I had 30 jumps. Then I came back and did 4 way camps with him and Dan BC a few times in 2005 and 2006.

I am sad. He was the best coach I ever had in our funny little sport. He was a role model. Speechless.


Nightingale  (B 26984)

Apr 4, 2011, 10:30 AM
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In reply to:

My best memory of tunnel time was with Patrick coaching. Never before and never again have I flown so much like I knew WTF I was doing. That's what Patrick could do - he could make anybody look good, all while smiling and giving the kind of encouragement that made you want that coaching time to never end.

Word. I've got close to six hours in the tunnel now. That little bit of it that was coached time with Pat was probably THE best.


Nightingale  (B 26984)

Apr 4, 2011, 10:32 AM
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In reply to:
Has a fund for the familys been set up? If so I would like information on that

Info here for the fund for Pat's family:

http://skydiveperris.com/pmg_fund/
The Patrick McGowan Family Fund

Mods, I hope this is okay to post since it's been requested?


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skyrider  (D 14710)

Apr 4, 2011, 6:37 PM
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My heart goes out to Blue and the Kids!

I have probably logged 500 or more jumps with Pat, He always focused on making sure the student had fun, He was great to work with, Fun to Party with, and just a ball of energy!

Gypsy & Family .... RIP ......


(This post was edited by skyrider on Apr 4, 2011, 6:44 PM)


danielcroft  (D 31103)

Apr 4, 2011, 8:38 PM
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BSBD - his family is missing man formation for ever.

My condolences.


grimmie  (D 18890)

Apr 4, 2011, 9:24 PM
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I have known Pat for over 20 years. Skydiving lost an icon, but fatherhood lost a hall of famer.

I'll miss our football arguments a lot.
Who will I talk hockey with at the DZ now?
I'll miss jumping with you.
You still owe me a beer, remember that bet, Steelers would make the Super Bowl?

The Cowboys are still lame.


Fly free my friend...


VladislavZhukov  (C 34427)

Apr 5, 2011, 1:46 AM
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fly free, one of the kind


regulator  (A 53175)

Apr 5, 2011, 2:50 PM
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Man this sucks...I did my first AFF jump at Perris and my friend personally knew Pat and his wife, Blue. We ate dinner together with their daughter...which was very young at the time. I think he was sitting at around 15,000 jumps at the time and I heard a story about when his daughter was first born that he announced he was going to stop skydiving. My prayers go out to blue and his daughter. Blue Skies to all at Perris.

Paul

My friend Dean knew Pat and was his AFF instructor (I think) and he lived in the dallas area for several years before moving back to Perris...perhaps he got into the cowboys during this time period.


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lewmonst  (D 24575)

Apr 5, 2011, 7:54 PM
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Skydiving lost an icon, but fatherhood lost a hall of famer.

Rich said it better than I could. All Pat wanted to be in this world was the best father a man could be. He was. The world is a better place because of him.


cutaway1  (C 3355)

Apr 14, 2011, 6:40 PM
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Dear Blue,

I am so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of your husband. I had the pleasure of getting to know him when he was visiting Hawaii a couple of years ago, what a terrific guy; he would have to be extra special to be your mate and I can only imagine the pain you must be going through.

I will always consider you one of the most extraordinary, brave, heroic, and extra special people I have ever met. I am hoping that extra measure of courage and strength you possess will help you endure this terribly difficult time. You are the best, and please know myself and so many others share your grief and are sending you our deepest sympathy.
Warmest Aloha,
Tim Harris


Conundrum

Apr 16, 2011, 9:51 AM
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I haven't jumped for a while but I did know Pat and jumped with him several times. I can't be there for the celebration at Perris today but I want to help, so I've decided to create vinyl decals of the "PMG" logo using my own equipment and supplies, for sale to anyone. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE MCGOWAN FAMILY.
Note: the pic shown is in yell...ow but I do have an orange roll on order (and other colors available if requested)

Large decal - 6x6" $10
Small decal - 3x3" $5
Custom size decal: $ depends on size

Please contact me if you're interested in purchasing. Spread the word!

Blue Skies and much love,
Rochelle
Attachments: PMG_2.jpg (57.7 KB)


Premier billvon  (D 16479)
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Apr 16, 2011, 6:56 PM
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The formation load for Pat's memorial:
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skygypsie  (B License)

Apr 17, 2011, 9:03 AM
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Amazing tribute...to someone who sounds like was an amazing guy & skydiver !

~ Peaceful Eternal Flights To Him ~

My condolences to his wife, children, family & skyfamily !

Prayers are also with the family & friends of those on the tragic pre-memorial / ash jump load !

Thanks for posting Billvon Smile


mjasantos  (D 21310)

Apr 17, 2011, 12:18 PM
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You'll be missed Pat. RIP.

Pat has been one of mine 4-way Formation Skydiving coaches, at Skydive AZ, back in 1998. Last January we talked on facebook... this news is almost unreal.

My sincere condolences to his wife, children and family.

Blue Skies to all.


swooperman  (D 17784)

Apr 18, 2011, 9:43 AM
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In reply to:
The formation load for Pat's memorial:

Here is another nice picture from FB. Nice send off. Pat was lucky to have so many who loved him.
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patworks  (D 1813)

Apr 19, 2011, 5:55 PM
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The wheel of life turns and takes as it gives. Many have come then gone within that great circle that lives. Some very few leave footprints on our heart but rainbows in our mind. Patrick was of that so rare kind. Some seldom times a person outshines the sun, sparkles like a star, and etch their memory on all skies. Their being enriched our collecctiive mind. Patrick, Thank you for being you. Hail!


skyrider  (D 14710)

Apr 25, 2011, 5:20 AM
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Here is the Fly by, anyone know if the ash dive clip has been put up anywhere?

We had to be in Monterey so couldn't be at Perris!Frown
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o32LmtkHFxo

BSBD


BigMark  (D 17505)

Sep 30, 2012, 8:48 PM
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Man, Pat was such a supporter of everybody, I wish he was here for my return to skydiving, what an icon we lost, love you and fly free my brother!



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