Patrick McNally
1956 - 2021
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1956 - 2021
Born in 1956 to Kay and HP McNally Sr in Gettysburg Pa; Patrick was a man who created lifelong friendships. Upon the birth of his sister Kathleen, he met his first and best friend. They lived in many states before settling in CA. Patrick wrestled at University HS. He played rugby at UCI and CSULB, graduating with a BA in Geography. He wed Nola Lee Burns in 1993 and soon rejoiced in the birth of his son, Liam. Patrick was a keen observer with a penchant for accurate recollection. We couldn't get away with anything. His impeccable attention to detail suited him as a Survey Project Manager. He worked for the County of Orange and Huitt-Zollars for a combined 38 years. He valued his many years working with Rancho Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch. His beautiful maps are still displayed on the walls of the OC Recorder's office. In addition to family and career, Patrick was devoted to rugby.
After graduation, Patrick played with Belmont Shore RFC before becoming an original OC Buck and captain. He picked up the whistle, refereeing with SCRRS until he joined the USA Rugby Referees National Panel, where he refereed at all national championships and the Rugby Super League. Off-season, Patrick regularly refereed the faster summer Sevens-a-side seasons until 2006, when he progressed from the field to managing the nascent USA Sevens Referee Program. He created a highly organized program to identify, train and manage talented athletes in a serious, open and friendly atmosphere. He established an esprit de corps in which competition and cooperation went hand in hand. With vision and tenacity, Patrick guided the Sevens Referee Program to meet the progressively challenging pace of the game.
From the outset he displayed his visionary approach by developing the first Sevens Referee Handbook that released its 3rd Edition in 2013. In recognition of his contribution to Sevens rugby in the USA and globally, Patrick was appointed as Performance Reviewer on the IRB Men's Sevens World Series and NACRA Sevens Paddy in 2013 in preparation for the 2016 Olympics. During his tenure in Sevens, Patrick managed all the National Sevens Championships, including the high-profile USA Sevens College Rugby Championships. He has been the Referee Liaison Officer for each USA IRB Sevens event from 2007 until his rugby retirement in 2017.
He published scores of articles on rugby refereeing in American Rugby News and UR7s.com websites and contributed to the IRB Sevens Referee Course and Workbook.
Patrick fought long and hard before succumbing to prostate cancer on March 8, 2021. He is survived by his wife Nola, son Liam (Jessica), Mother Kay, sister Kathy (Pat), many friends, including the Signal Hill CrossFit team, and the cats: Trixie Trill Norton and Levon.
Committed to helping the US advance in the rugby world, Patrick elevated the level of play by developing elite referees. We request donations for the Paddy Mac Foundation at https://gofund.me/bdf3077a. The memorial will be October 2,2021.

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Published in New York Times from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2021.
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April 15, 2021
I met the infamous Pat at CSULB in 1975. He stayed kind and honorable, a rare quality for any person. He spoke so joyously about Nola and Liam, and would light up when saying their names. Fortunately, I last spent time with him just before the pandemic. Patrick was the kind of person who left his handprint on your heart. Heaven got a good one
Anita Emde
Friend
April 7, 2021
.....RIP Patrick McNally and condolences to his family and close friends and there'd be a bunch in the US rugby brotherhood/community...crossed paths with the man often during my stint coaching the Huntington Bch Unicorns...a super nice guy , knowledgable about our game and had plenty of the gentleman in the man....
Rod M Samuels
Acquaintance
April 7, 2021
I loved the guy>
John Kroneberger
Friend
April 7, 2021
Paddy Mac was one of those special human beings that even if you only saw once a year, you were excited for it.
He always remembered you and would take time to chat. I will miss seeing him and saying hi to him greatly. He used to stay with my dad back when my dad was able to referee, and I loved joking with them that the only time I could stomach spending time alone with two referees was when it was them. Hopefully they are both reffing games together in spirit now.
Jeremy Nash
Friend
April 7, 2021
You were and still are amazing loving people xx PaddyMac will be missed ❤
Janice & Sledge
Friend
April 6, 2021
Paddy Mac was such a great teacher, friend and person. I feel blessed to have known him and so happy that I got a nickname from he and John Curry (Cindy-Lu). We will all miss him but I feel certain that in the grand scheme of things we’ll meet again.
Condolences to all his family, you lost a wonderful soul.
Christine Franz
Friend
April 6, 2021
Pat I always knew you were living your life well ! God Bless you and your family . Jean Werthe
Jean werthe
Friend
April 6, 2021
Patrick was one of the nicest humans I was lucky enough to know. Back in the early 80’s in Belmont Shore he was fun to watch and take pictures of on the rugby field and enjoyed our conversations off the field. The world lost an amazing man. RIP my friend. Condolences to all family and close friends.
Theresa (Tree)
Friend
April 6, 2021
He was a Great Friend
Joseph Wilmoth
Friend
April 6, 2021
Paddy was the kind of friend that transforms your life. His easy manner, his ever present smile, his curiosity, his interest in what you had to say, everything in him was an invitation to share, to open your eyes to the world as he saw it. Nothing was about him, everything was about us, all of us. I miss him terribly, but at the same time, he lives in me and inspires me to be a better person.
Ed Sorensen
Friend
April 6, 2021
Pat was a kind and gentle man, a man of calm and class. I will miss him dearly.
Mike Leksan
Friend
April 6, 2021
Patrick was absolute class. His humour, commitment to rugby and smiling face was always a treasure. Rest in Peace, Sir
Drew Fautley
Friend
April 6, 2021
He was a man to look up to, learn from and be friends with. I will miss him and his smiling face on the rugby field.
DeLyn WiRepa
Friend
April 6, 2021
The world lost a wonderful human when Pat left. I wish we could have known him better. Our hearts go out to you, Liam, Kay and Kathy. Love and prayers...Tom & Jen
Jen & Tom Roselius
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