Patrick J. Flavin Jr. (1939 - 2013)

Obituary
  • "lord have mercy on you Patrick may you rest in peace...."
    - cormac moroney
  • "In 1973 Pat hired me as his Girl Friday. He and John Guiney..."
    - Joan Robinson
  • "I can not say enough good things about Pat. I worked for..."
    - Laura Cottone
  • "Pat was my childhood best friend during the late 40s and..."
    - George Tzakis
  • "With deepest sympathy.He was a great guy"
    - joey dEmaria

Patrick J. Flavin, 74, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 19, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Eleanor Flavin, his aunt, Mary M. Flavin of Chicago and brother, Michael Dennis Flavin of Salt Lake City, Utah. Pat was born and raised on Chicago's West Side and graduated from Austin High School. He attended Loyola University, worked for IBM then, in the mid 1960's, started an innovative computer software design firm, American Data Centre. Through the years, ADC expanded to include services for cable TV systems, printing and race track ownership. A subsidiary, Horseman's Guarantee Corporation of America, Inc., created the bookkeeping services for the horse racing industry, providing staffing for the track and streamling the distribution of purses to winners. They are still servicing all the racetracks in the Chicago area. In the early 1970's ADC was the first to develop software to handle Off Track Betting operations in New York. In 1979, Pat purchased a significant interest in Chicago's Maywood Park Race Track. For over 15 years he owned and operated Bentbrook Farm, outside of Louisville, Kentucky, raced horses in the U.S., England, Ireland and France and was a regular at the Kentucky Derby. Pat's horse, Doc Ryan, won the Edinburgh Gold Cup in Scotland and for the first time in its 180 year history, the cup resided in the United States. Pat moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1993 and continued developing iconic businesses including The Village Zoo, RJ's Landing, the Riviera Hotel on A1A and in 2000, Bahia Cabana Beach Resort. Pat lived life to the fullest. Butch McGuire's, a legendary pub in Chicago, closed its doors to the public on a busy Saturday night for Pat's private 50th birthday party. His generosity was boundless and he was often the one behind the quiet philanthropy at Catholic institutions, especially Cardinal Gibbons High School and St. Coleman Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale, and various organizations in Chicago. Pat believed in giving back but he did so without fanfare. He donated and distributed 2,500 teddy bears to first graders in Fort Lauderdale for Christmas. He established scholarships for children of employees suffering hardships. He was a loyal friend, especially to those in the restaurant business including Legend's Pub, the Ambry Restaurant and Stingers. He was the consummate host gathering his family and friends at the Ambry for an annual Christmas Eve dinner or celebrating Valentine's Day in style with the famous Willie Nelson party at Dr. B's. Pat was a dedicated father and loving husband. He always put family first and his love for his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews was without exception. Pat leaves behind his adored wife of 34 years, Tish; five daughters, Eleanor Flavin, Susan Flavin-Finney (John), Julie (Harry) Crawford, Kris (David) Cauble, Mary Kate (Rich) Pratt; two sons, JJ Flavin and Shamus Flavin and five grandchildren: Tyler and Abby Cauble, Graham Crawford, Olivia and Audrey Pratt; eleven nieces and nephews. His family and friends will always remember Pat for his strength, support, generosity, quick wit, Irish Catholic faith and for his love of family, community, country and the Chicago White Sox. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, September 24th, 11 a.m., in St. Coleman Catholic Church, 1200 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, Fl., 33062. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Pat's memory are suggested to St. Coleman Catholic Church. Arrangements entrusted to Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center, 954-566-7621. Online condolences at KalisMcintee.com.

Published in Sun-Sentinel from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, 2013
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