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Quietly passed away on February 5, 2013, in Annapolis, Maryland after a long illness brought on by Parkinson's disease. Pat was born on January 16, 1934 in Washington, DC, and spent the early part of his youth in Needham, Massachusetts before the family moved back to the DC area. He graduated from St. John's College High School (1952) in the District. Afterwards, he served his country in the US Army, 3rd Cavalry, in Berlin. Upon returning from Germany, he met and married his beloved wife, Marian Gail (Caffrey) Gardes. He subsequently graduated from George Washington University (1961) and got in on the ground floor of the computer revolution. Starting with IBM in 1963 in Poughkeepsie, New York, he moved on to work at the Association of American Railroads, and ultimately retired from the US Government. Pat was a quick wit and delightful to talk to, with a fondness for the bread pudding at Commander's Palace in New Orleans. He was a proud father and grandfather who loved working on cars, gardening, watching This Old House, volunteering with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and sailing on the "Chesterpeake Bay". He was also a proud member of American Legion Post 136 in Greenbelt. He was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta Genevieve (Fern) Gardes, and father, George Wiltz Washburn Gardes. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gail, brother George and his sister-in-law Patricia, his six children, Kevin (Laurie), Greg (Mary Ann), Brian (Cindy), Tim, Susan (Tommy Marcos) and Brendan (Kate), and eleven grandchildren. He was a remarkable man as much for his compassion as his humanity. "Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere." [Thomas Grey]
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on March 11, 2013 at Sacred Heart Church in Bowie, Maryland at 11 a.m. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Parkinson's Clinical Research Fund, Johns Hopkins University, 600 N Wolfe St-Phipps 300, Baltimore, MD 21287

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 17, 2013