Patrick R. METTES
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METTES Patrick R. Patrick Roy Mettes, age 56, of Brooklyn Heights, NY died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Calvary Hospital in Brooklyn, NY after a valiant and extended battle with cancer. Patrick was born and raised in Toledo, OH to Paul and Virginia Mettes. He attended Darby/Immaculate Conception Elementary School and St. John's Jesuit High School and received a BA from Bowling Green State University's School of Journalism in 1978. He then embarked on a highly successful career in television production on a national scale. Patrick worked at WBGU-TV throughout his academic career at Bowling Green, developing friendships, a point of view and passion for broadcasting that he carried with him through life. Upon graduation, he was hired by WTOL, Channel 11 in Toledo, then moved to WSPD, then WTVG, the NBC affiliate where he directed the "13 Nightly News", with anchor Randy Price, a lifelong friend and the first openly gay anchorman in the U.S. With a highly regarded reputation in the industry, Patrick was recruited to ABC-affiliate KGTV in San Diego, CA where he spent over a decade as producer and director of a wide variety of news, sports and topical programming including "Inside San Diego", "Nightcast" and "10 News" as well as the San Diego marathon, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and many independent projects. While residing in southern California, he began working for ABC in New York, producing segments from cities around the globe for "Good Morning America". He also directed Channel One out of LA, a daily news show for high school students around the country. In 1996 he moved to New York City, directing Catherine Crier for the launch of the Fox News Network, then quickly moved on to become the Supervising Director for VH-1. He took on other projects including, 'Martha Stewart Living', 'This Week' with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts and 'American Morning' on CNN. Patrick became a director for NBC Universal at MSNBC in 2007, just prior to his diagnosis with cancer. Beyond TV, Patrick brought his energy and passion to the founding of North Fork Food, in Southold, NY in 2005 with his wife Lisa, the Big Brothers and Sisters Program and as an Alumni Advisor to the BGSU School of Journalism. One of the greatest joys of his life was an annual reunion with life-long friends from his high school rock band, originally founded to raise money for an injured classmate at St. John's. Throughout his career, Patrick was highly sought-after for his ability to produce great TV. He was known as a perfectionist, and brought tireless energy and talent to his work which earned him six Emmy Awards and two Iris Awards from the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). Patrick is survived by his loving wife and partner, Lisa Callaghan. Also by his sister, Karen (Ed) Roecker of Monroe, MI; brother, Paul Mettes of Toledo, and his brother-in-law, Kevin Callaghan (Ashley Atkins) of Carrboro, NC. He greatly loved his many nieces and nephews, Mary Louise and Addison Callaghan, Bailey, Blake and Caleb Ethridge, all of Carrboro NC, Kurt and Colleen Roecker, Spencer and Kristy Roecker of Monroe, MI, Andy and Heather Roecker of Dublin, OH, Aron, Julie and Vivian Mettes of Columbus, OH, Eric and Wendy Mettes of Dexter, MI. Two memorial services are planned. On Sunday, June 3, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in Toledo, a service will be held at St. John's High School with a reception following at 4:00 p.m. at the Toledo Country Club. In New York, the service will be on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. in Guild Hall at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in his honor, to Alex's Lemonade Stand to aid the fight against childhood cancer. Donations are accepted online at, or by mail to: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation c/o Cindy Ellis 333 E. Lancaster Ave, #414 Wynnewood, PA 19096 Ph: 610-649-3034

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Published in The Blade on May 27, 2012.
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June 11, 2012
Lisa, Karen, & Paul: So sorry to hear about Pat! I know he will be greatly missed! Marolyn just e-mailed me his obituary. Very nice write up! Neat guy! Luv, Pat Yount
June 2, 2012
Paul: Sherry and I are so sorry for your loss. Paul Butch Wilson...

Port Saint Lucie, FL
May 28, 2012
Your warmth and light will be with us forever. You are free from the pain and suffering at last. Namoavelokitheshvaraya. Our love to you. Olga and Dave <3<3
Olga and Dave Borker
May 28, 2012
Condolences of the loss of your brother.
Ron Bohland
May 25, 2012
As one of the Benefit Band of brothers I very much regretted that we lost touch after high school and let 35 years go by before we reconnected. Now I am terribly saddened that I might actually live 35 more years without him again. I will always be inspired by his personality, friendship and talents. He will never be gone from our hearts and minds.
Jeff Rost
May 24, 2012
We just reconnected in 2009 with the Benefit Band reunions and what great times we had during those recording sessions. Pat, so very hard to go and know that you will not be with us in this time and space. . . grant eternal rest unto him, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. may his soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace . . . . Amen
Mark Szymanski
May 24, 2012
Patrick, it was such an honor knowing you and Lisa for the short time I did at Mount Sinai. Very rarely do people make such an incredible impact another human being in such little time, but the two of you surely did. My condolences to your beautiful wife and family. Philip and I have a candle lit in our home in honor of you today. I will carry you forever in my heart and think of you often.
Morgan Meinel
May 24, 2012
Patrick, I love you as if you were my own brother. We had a persoanl bond that began 40 years ago. But I will always cherish the last 4 years - the Benefit band reunions, the great times in NYC, Toledo, and Florida. I will miss you every day. Your legacy will stay with me until we see each other again.
Bill Giacci
May 23, 2012
sorry may he rest in peace Tom and Kate Donley Defiance Ohio
May 23, 2012
My sincerest sympathies to Karen and Paul on the loss of your brother, Patrick. I will keep you all in prayer. Just know that he is in God's hands now.
Marie Irons
May 23, 2012
I knew Pat during childhood (Grades 1-6), I recall he was creative even then. Rest in peace. I heard of his death from a sister who happened to read today and I was very sad to hear the news. My condolences to the family.
Julia Tamblyn (Lyons)
May 23, 2012
He was the recipient of 6 Emmys and an extremely gifted communicator and musician. While the material world has lost a cherished soul, Pat will live in the hearts of his friends and family forever.
Michele Noe
May 23, 2012
Rest in Peace, Patrick. 40 years of friendship was not nearly enough.
Michael Noe
May 23, 2012
My sincere condolences to the Mettes family. It is hard to lose someone close to us.
But please know that God does not forget our loved ones or us as we have to cope with this loss. We are encouraged to throw all our anxieties upon him because he cares for you".
1 Pet 5:7)
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