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Patrick Jolicoeur, Sr., 81

Patrick Jolicoeur Sr., age 81, formerly of Howard Lake, and Waverly, died Friday, March 1, 2013, at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.

He was born April 10, 1931, in Waverly, to Edward and Cora Jolicoeur, and was also raised by Arthur and Rose Moline of Howard Lake.

A Vietnam War veteran, Patrick served in the US Air Force from 1947 to 1974.

He was educated in the local school system in Waverly, and graduated from high school in Hollywood, CA in 1946.

Patrick was a crash rescue firefighter for a total of 44 years, 26 of which were in the US Air Force and stationed in several locations around the world, including Adak, AK, March AFB in California, Bergstrom AFB in Texas, Clinton Sherman AFB in Oklahoma, and RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge in the United Kingdom, where he was the fire chief for the two bases; and Bien Hoa air base in the Republic of Viet-Nam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He received many awards and commendations during his 26 year service, before retiring from the USAF in 1974 at the rank of M/Sgt.

Then, Patrick just picked up where he left off and began an 18-year civil service fire fighter career, reaching the rank of captain, based at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, CA.

He was preceded in death in 2007 by his loving wife of 54 years, Marina Burrows Jolicoeur of Ipswich, England; and by his parents, Edward Jolicoeur in 1973, and Cora Jolicoeur in 1938; Arthur and Rose Moline of Howard Lake; two brothers, James and Tom Jolicoeur; and two sisters, Donna Dugas and Mary Jane Meyer.

Patrick is survived by a daughter, Donna Silva and husband Ezequiel of Flagstaff, AZ; youngest son James Jolicoeur and wife Donna Bandera of San Antonio, TX; and son Patrick Jolicoeur Jr. and wife Susan of Easthampton, MA; along with grandsons, (USAF) MSGT Christopher and Andrew Jolicoeur of Easthampton, MA, PFC Craig Jolicoeur of Fort Bliss (US Army), TX, and Ezequiel Silva Jr. of Hayward, CA; granddaughters Shannon Silva of San Diego, CA, and Amanda Jolicoeur of San Antonio; a great-granddaughter, Kennedy Rae Powel; and a great-grandson, Nicholas Jolicoeur.

He is further survived by Travis Powell, also of San Antonio, whom he admired very much; and his very close friends whom he would enjoy meeting at the local Denny’s restaurant for breakfast to reminisce over their past career experiences and the current hot news topics and politics of the day.

Services took place Friday, March 8 at noon at the Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff, AZ, with interment at Flagstaff’s Citizen/Military Cemetery.