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Thomas Patrick “Pat” Ferris, age 77, peacefully passed away at home on September 25, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Gayle (nee Keys) for 52 cherished years. Pat was a devoted father to Wesley (Emma Niedzwiecki) Ferris and Heather (Richard) Bolton, and he took great pride in his role as a grandfather to Parker, Lauren, and Allison. Pat’s family meant the world to him, and he found immense joy in attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and dance recitals. He was the son of Terry and Phyllis Ferris and was preceded in death by his brother Michael Ferris and sister Kerry. Pat is survived by his sister Kathryn (Blanche Savage) Ferris, and he will be deeply missed by his in-laws, nieces, nephews, extended family, and many close friends.

For three decades, Pat taught history at SDCI, where he also coached various sports. However, his true passion was coaching the senior girls’ basketball team. He dedicated himself to his family and was overjoyed when he became a grandparent. Pat loved spending time with his grandkids, playing with them, and rediscovering the joy of coloring. His impact as a coach and educator will be remembered by generations of students and athletes.

A Celebration of Life for Pat will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at Denning’s Of Strathroy. The event will last from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., with words of remembrance scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Pat displayed incredible strength and bravery throughout his year and a half battle with pancreatic cancer. His family is immensely grateful for the outstanding care he received at the London Regional Cancer Program, particularly from Dr. Breadner and Nurse Navigator Nancy Gregg. They are also thankful for the support provided by Home and Community Care Services, including NP Katarina Girard and visiting nurse Lorena Sanchez.

In memory of Pat, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to The Baker Center for Pancreatic Cancer at the London Health Sciences. Donations can be made through the following link: [https://lhsf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.event&eventID=613](https://lhsf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.event&eventID=613)

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