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Joseph Patrick MacAfee Ph.D.

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Joseph Patrick MacAfee Ph.D. Obituary
JOSEPH PATRICK MacAFEE, Ph.D, LMFT, CAS Joseph ("Uncle Joe" to family, "Patrick" to most) MacAfee, age 76, passed away at his home in Riverside, California on August 9, 2016, after a difficult and courageous battle with cancer. Patrick was predeceased by his parents, John Wesley and Anne Marie Madden MacAfee, and his brothers, John and Tom MacAfee. Patrick was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 3, 1940 and is survived by Donald Britt, his loving companion of 40 years, and three sisters, Theresa Scrufari of Lewiston, New York, Mary Ann Belknap of Snohomish, Washington, and Elaine Jones of Birmingham, Alabama. Further, four nieces, six nephews, and extended family throughout Arizona, California, and Alabama survive him. Patrick dedicated his life's work to the field of addiction and recovery. He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of University of California, Riverside, Pepperdine University, and Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. MacAfee was an instructor at the University of California, Riverside, California Baptist University, and San Bernardino Valley College. He maintained a private practice for Addictions and Family Therapy Group. He was a member of ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) and was certified as an addiction specialist by the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders. Dr. MacAfee took great pride in his work as a clinical consultant to Cedar House Life Change Center, Sunrise Recovery Ranch, and his former consultation with MFI, Inc. He was also pleased to collaborate with Libby Cataldi in the preparation of her book "Stay Close: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction." Dr. MacAfee was a bright and intuitive clinician who helped countless people over the course of his life. He was sensitive and gentle in his approach leading each person through their pain with tenderness and grace. He didn't judge. He simply acknowledged strengths and understood weaknesses. He was a loyal friend and a "brother" to many, a wise older "uncle" to others. He is fondly remembered as ending his conversations with "stay close." "Uncle Joe," as the youngest of five siblings in the MacAfee clan, however, was the closest in age to his nieces and nephews than the others. Thus, he was the "fun" uncle and often seemed like one of the kids. As a young adult, he was wildly mischievous, playful, and sometimes downright goofy. His sense of humor had endured. His laugh was infectious and his smile disarming. He was all around magnetic. Patrick, a Basso profondo, also sang opera as a young adult and his love for music carried throughout his life. His muse was Maria Callas whom he asked to be with him as he passed over. Patrick collected southwest art and crafts to support whatever the cause. He loved to visit Scotland and felt particularly connected to Iona and Colonsay, the ancestral home of Clan Macfie. So perhaps our beloved Patrick has heard the piper's call, after all. He filled our hearts with love and music. He will be greatly missed. For those who wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please consider Cedar House Life Change Center, 18612 Santa Ana Ave., Bloomington, CA 92316, or the Mary Roberts Pet Adoption Center, 6165 Industrial Ave., Riverside, CA 92504, or drop an extra dollar in the basket when it is passed. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. A celebration of Life is scheduled at UCR St. Andrew Newman Center, 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The address is 105 West Big Springs Road, Riverside, CA 92507. For more memorial information see: www.JohnsRidoutsElmwoodChapel.com

Published in Press-Enterprise from Aug. 17 to Sept. 4, 2016
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