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Dennis “Patrick” McTigue

May 28, 2014
Emmetsburg News

Dennis "Patrick" McTigue, beloved brother-in-law, uncle and friend, of San Rafael, CA, died Friday, May 16, 2014 of a heart attack at age 75.

Pat was born in Emmetsburg on Dec. 23, 1938 to Joseph and Mary McTigue. Pat attended St. Mary's Elementary and Emmetsburg Catholic High, graduating in 1957. After graduation, Pat joined the U.S. Army, serving six months active duty, then completing his service in the Army Reserves.

Pat attended the University of Iowa Linotype Operator Program, becoming a typesetter. In 1962 he took his first job as a typesetter in Carroll. He briefly worked in Butte, MT, before moving to San Francisco in 1963. Pat held management positions in Newspaper, Printing and Publishing companies, including The Examiner, Chronicle, Mercury Typography, Walker Graphics and MacDougall Press. Pat was one of the top typesetters on the West Coast. He also set type for major athletic events, such as the World Series and NFL programs. He regarded himself as a craftsman just short of an artist.

Pat married Arlene Oksanen of Fitchburg, MA, May 15, 1965. Pat and Arlene were married nearly 49 years, before Arlene passed away March 19, 2014. Pat and Arlene traveled extensively and especially enjoyed cruises. On the morning after what would have been their 49th Anniversary, Pat died of a heart attack or, better put, a broken heart.

Speaking of 49, Pat was a huge San Francisco sports fan. He dearly loved the 49ers, along with the Giants, attending many games. He scoured the sports section of the paper daily and knew stats on all sports. He was an excellent speller and was known as a savant with dates he could remember.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; his parents, Joe and Mary; his brother, Jerry; and his sisters, Joyce and Janette. He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Kathryn McTigue and Marcia Hotaling; brothers-in-law Clem Milder and John Murray; 23 nieces and nephews, countless cousins, friends and several bartenders in the Bay Area: all who loved him and were loved by him. He was especially fond of the bartenders and "Club Members", like family, at BJ's Brew Pub in San Rafael. Pat's favorite quote was "Life is too short." And so it was for a man who had a heart the size of his head in his chest.

At his request, there will be no public service; He'd prefer we raise a glass of Budweiser to his memory. And, if it's true that in heaven there is no beer, Pat might go looking elsewhere!



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