Patrick Vautrin McCallum, 76, of Plantation, FL passed away Friday, 2/21/14. He was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in the Galveston/La Marque, TX area. After graduating from Texas A&M University, he joined the Air Force for eight years and was a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War. Among his many accommodations was the coveted Silver Star for bravery. He went on to be a commercial airline pilot for over 32 years while also operating a successful fire equipment business with his wife for 44 years. Pat was an avid fisherman and was known for his straightforward attitude, sense of humor, caring heart and generosity. He will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched over the years. Pat is survived by his beloved wife, Sandy; children Chrystalyn (Alfred) Thibodeau, Bryan (Maria) McCallum, Michele (Brooke) Hoover and Sean McCallum; grandchildren Justin, Ashley, Noelle and Patrick; great-grandchildren Jake, Justin, Gracie, Lorelai and Adalyn; nieces and nephews Stephanie, Stephen, Richard, Theresa and Cindy; and his loyal companion, Rusty. A service celebrating Pat's life will be held Tuesday, 2/25/14 from 4-8pm, at TM Ralph Funeral home, 7001 NW 4th St, Plantation, FL 33317; (954) 587-6888; Visitation will begin at 4pm until the Prayer Service and Celebration of Life at 6:45pm. The burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Feb. 23, 2014