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Larry D. Pate

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Larry D. Pate

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Mr. Larry D. Pate, a native of Western North Carolina died Oct 26,2019 at his home in Fort Lauderdale Florida. He was 67 years old. His remains were interred near beloved family members in rural Yancey County, NC.

Mr Pate was born in Yancy County but grew up largely in Asheville. He was the son of the late Marshall Pate and Emma Robertson Smith, grandson of Hicks & Ida Robertson and John Pate, all of Yancy County

He was a 1971 graduate of Asheville High School, and a 1975 graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He received a master's degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile in 1983; and he attend seminaries in Louisville, Kentucky and Miami, Florida.

Mr Pate was an adjunct instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in the late 1970's while working at Western Carolina Center in Black Mountain. From 1978 until 1985, he worked for the American Red Cross,Asheville Area Blood Center.

In 1985 he transferred from Asheville to the Gulf Coast ( Mobile, AL) Red Cross Blood Center. After moving to New Orleans in 1985, he was director of a business college before becoming the city's first full-time administrator of AIDS/HIV services, including community- based risk reduction, outpatient clinical services at Charity Hospital, home health, and hospice care. Employed by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, he managed residential and long- term care facilities. While working with special needs populations in Louisiana, Mr Pate lobbied elected officials for passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and he was invited and went to the White House for the Act's extension and renewal by the Clinton Administration

Mr. Pate took early retirement in the mid-1990,s and devoted himself to restoring an historic home near the French Quarter of New Orleans. He relocated to South Florida in 1999 where he volunteered for hospice services and helped disabled and terminally-ill people keep their companion animals. He was also a health and fitness enthusiast, and a tireless advocate for maligned American Pit Bull Terrier breeds,

In addition to numerous friends throughout the US, he is survived by his brother, Michael Pate of Asheville, and two nephews, Travis Pate of Asheville, and Jason Pate of Columbia, SC.

In lieu of memorials, friends are ask to make contributions to Hospice or American Red Cross.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Nov. 5 to Nov. 10, 2019
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