Meet Larry "Pat" McFadden

Signal Hill Cape Town South Africa

Larry “Pat” McFadden was born the only child of Florry and Mack McFadden in Thomasville, GA on Aug. 8, 1947.

 

He was raised and attended high school in Pelham, GA. Although Pat only finished the 10th grade, he was blessed with a ferocious curiosity. He read constantly and loved doing crossword puzzles in ink. He went on to become a sign maker, airplane repairman, welder, boat captain, pilot, artist, stock market investor and expert marksman.

His favorite activity was hunting turkey. He was such a talented turkey caller that one day a bobcat replied to his call pouncing on his back. This attack landed Pat at the doctor’s office for rabies shots.

 

Speechwriting for him was an art. Many close friends could bear witness to this due to his email letters. He also appreciated educated return emails, almost as much as the ribald jokes. Belly laughs usually accompanied his morning coffee on the internet.

 

Pat was nationally known in the Nipperhead community. In a mere five years, he managed to create a museum quality collection of rare and beautiful music boxes. As much as he loved the Violano, an automatic piano and violin player, his love was the Link 2E, a 1920’s prohibition piano, mandolin and marimba player.

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Sunset in the Forest

Internationally, many knew him as a great hunter. A large part of his heart was “in Africa.” At one time, he even contemplated opening a wildlife protection project there. Africa summoned him seven times.

 

Even though one of great compassion, he did not suffer fools easily. He was a beacon of hope and a source of comfort to all that knew and loved him. His boundless talent and intellect will be missed.

 

In 2002, he helped set up Paws (People for the Welfare of Animals in the South) with his life partner, Angela Hagen. In five years, they managed to rescue 1,800 dogs and cats, spay/neuter them and find them furrever families.

 

In 1999, Pat, Angela and Raymond established the Lokchasassa Wilderness Project, a 1260-acre Seminole County Garden of Eden to protect the native plants and wildlife. This Project was renamed after his death and is now known as the McFadden Nature Center. The property now will be protected for perpetuity. Pat said, “You should leave this world better than when you came into it.” And he did.

Memories of Pat

 
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