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Patrick tragically died in the devastating Christchurch Earthquake.

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    • 4 Years

      It has been four years since the disastrous day. As we look back, we remember you and the 184 other victims of the earthquake that shook the city, country, and world. You were and still are deeply missed by your family, friends, and all others that you knew. Remember that everyone you know is doing well. Rest in peace Patrick.

      Anonymous. Toronto, Canada. Monday, February 23, 2015

    • Old Work Friend

      Dear Patrick
      I heard a while ago that you had been taken by this devastating earthquake, but didn't want to believe it. My heart feels heavy to see that it's true. I have many a fond memories of your larger than life personality (and your louder than life laugh!). I worked with you and Jo at Marshalls during our 20's and what fun it was. Lost touch for many years after that, but have always remembered you fondly and always with a smile. I remember the time ( after a late night on the terps) you let me wear your brand new New York sweatshirt - a momento of your trip - with VERY stict instructions to take great care of it. On the way home I had a car crash and they had to cut it off me! 'll never forget that disbelieving look on your face when I had to come into work on Monday morning and break the news to you. You took it with your trade mark good nature (but I think you were pretty bloody gutted and rightly so!).
      I last saw Jo a few years ago in Chch and was sorry to not catch up with you then, you were a bloody nice bloke and will always be remembered by all who knew you. My heart goes out to you Jo and your children.

      Love always

      Tracey Longstaff (nee Rijk). Waikane, New Zealand. Monday, June 06, 2011

    • Family Friend

      My husband Barnsy& I first met Patrick 10yrs ago, he helped us purchase our first 'machine' a 943 Traxcavator. Patrick fondly regarded that machine as the 'big white elephant' & it still is!!
      Since then we purchased a few more 'diggers', a couple trucks & our first home, all with good sound guidance & encouragement from Patrick.
      When needed, Patrick would visit our home to get our signatures on the paperwork. We'd share a cuppa, talk about our growing children & he'd share a rollie with Barnsy.
      Patrick was a really nice man, a good man, a good friend to our family. He helped us, get to where we are, today & we are gratefully indebted to him. You are sadly missed Patrick.

      From the Pohatu-Barnes Family to the Coupe Family our sincere condolances.

      PS: Hi Anna, he's never really gone, he's always in your heart.

      Louren Pohatu. Christchurch, New Zealand. Friday, June 03, 2011

    • It was a priviledge to have known you Patrick.

      We first met Patrick and Jo when our kids went to Paparoa St School together. We were lucky to meet up with them again years later when our youngest son joined the Harewood Hockey Club. Patrick was always there supporting, organising, helping and encouraging everyone. He was obviously a huge asset to the Club. It was always nice to see his smiling, friendly face at club functions and around the Papanui community. Our sympathy goes to Jo and the kids. He will be dearly missed and it is a priviledge to have known him.

      Mark and Lissa Kyle. Christchurch, New Zealand. Friday, April 22, 2011

    • Thank you.

      To Angela, Mark, and Bo - thank you for taking the time to post the beautiful messages on this remembrance page. Mark - you were one of the people we talked about when discussing things about Patricks life in Wanganui - you were good mates and we remember you fondly. Would love to hear from you if you have the time. The people who make this page have my email address. Ang - I got your lovely card via my work - again I have no way of replying to you - would love Louise to give me your details so I can. She knows where I work. And dearest Bo - well you guys just made the day so much more special on Friday 18th March. You know we will keep in touch - for Patrick! To Kate, Julie, Debbie & Terry, thank you for taking the time to leave your lovely messages.
      None of this feels real - and it is taking a long time to sink in - Patrick was just everything to us - we are heartbroken and very lost without him.

      Anna Gray. Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Saturday, March 26, 2011

    • High School Memorys

      Sincere condolences to Pats family. Pat and I were good mates at high school- St. Augustines college, Wanganui. I had not seen or heard from him in those 30 years but the memorys are still vivid and often I would think back to that fast humorous wit,roaring around on his motor bike, ducking around to his place at lunch time(or during the odd maths class!!), to smoke cigarettes and listen to Bruce Springsteen. The odd Sunday roast at Mum and Dads.We had a great time that last year of college.
      Cheers for the memorys mate.

      Mark Slattery. Perth, Australia . Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    • Great Community Man

      To the family of Patrick Coupe,

      I am so sorry you are going through this sad time. Patrick had a true heart for his community and men like him are rare. Thank you to the family for allowing your husband/father to participate so fully in the life of Harewood Hockey. Patrick will be missed by many.

      Kate Page. Christchurch, New Zealand. Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    • To a truely great guy

      The Harewood Hockey Club Committee, Life Members, Coaches, Managers and Players wish to pass on our deepest sympathy to Jo, Sean, Allie and Liam at the tragic loss of Patrick due to the earthquake.

      He has made a huge impact on many aspects of the Harewood Hockey Club in his short time on our Committee as the Junior Club Captain.

      He will be remembered fondly for the legacy he has left in his wake.

      We will miss your cheeky smile and back hand compliments at our Committee meetings, things just won't be the same.

      To Jo, Sean, Allie and Liam we are all here for you now and forever.

      Good bye Patrick

      Julie Crake. Christchurch, New Zealand. Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    • To our mate Pat

      Anyone can stand by you when you are right, but a Friend will stand by you even when you are wrong...

      A simple friend identifies himself when he calls. A real friend doesn't have to.

      A simple friend opens a conversation with a full news bulletin on his life.

      A real friend says, "What's new with you?"

      A simple friend thinks the problems you whine about are recent.

      A real friend says, "You've been whining about the same thing for 20 years. Get off your ass and do something about it."

      A simple friend has never seen you cry. A real friend has shoulders soggy from your tears.

      A simple friend hates it when you call after he has gone to bed. A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.

      A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems. A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.

      A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest. A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.

      A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.

      A real friend knows that it's not a friendship until after you've had a fight.

      A simple friend expects you to always be there for them. A real friend expects to always be there for you!

      Pat, you were a real friend.
      We're seriously going to miss you.

      Bo. Mangatawhiri, New Zealand. Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    • My heart goes out to you all

      I didn't know Patrick personally, but he and my husband Terry were friends. I've heard so many great things about Patrick, and he helped Terry so much. He sounded like the greatest guy.
      No words can truly express how very sorry and saddened we are to hear of your tragic loss.
      With love and deepest sympathy Terry and Debie Thompson

      Debie and Terry Thompson. Nelson, New Zealand. Monday, March 14, 2011

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