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John Patrick Ford


1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
John Patrick Ford Obituary
John Patrick Ford June 16, 1927 - April 18, 2018 San Diego John Patrick Ford passed away peacefully at his home in San Diego on April 18th 2018. Pat was born in Los Angeles. He attended Beverley Hills High School, serving as the editor of the school paper "Highlights" in his junior and senior years. Pat served two years in the army, 1945-1947, being sent to Korea in 1946. While there, he continued his interest in writing, editing the 20th Regimental Army newspaper. Once discharged, Pat enrolled in UCLA, where he joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from Willis Business School in 1950.In that same year Pat joined the accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst in Los Angeles. Pat met the former Carolyn Ann MacKenzie of Belmont, NY. Carol and Pat were engaged within 6 Days!One year later they were married in Belmont. Pat & Carol made their home in Los Angeles. In 1957 Pat was sent to San Diego to open a branch office for Ernst & Ernst.Pat went on to be associated with two "Big 8" firms for seventeen years. He was also the principal partner in an independent San Diego CPA firm for nineteen years. In 1988 he retired as a legacy partner with Coopers & Lybrand.Carol and Pat adopted two children, John in 1958 and Kathryn in 1960. In 1974 the Fords invited an exchange student from Thailand to come for a year.Pias ended up staying in America, becoming a member of the family.Pat was very involved with San Diego's St. Paul's Pace Program, where he served as Board Chairman from 1998 to 2010. At the time of his death Pat was serving as Director Emeritus of St. Paul's PACE program. Pat s favorite hobbies were, backpacking in the Sierras, collecting antique cars, collecting rare books on California history and cooking.After retiring Pat began a second life of writing commentaries that were published in the San Diego Union, the San Diego Daily Transcript and the News Chronicle. His writing focused upon San Diego issues, politics, foreign affairs and travel. Pat's great love for his city was well reflected in each piece that he wrote.Having his travel articles published brought Pat immense pleasure, even winning two first place awards for travel writing.With Pat's passing, San Diego has lost a loyal friend, philanthropist and advocate.Bravo Pat and Godspeed for a life well lived.Pat was married for 53 years and is survived by 3 children and 7 grand children and 3 great grand childrenA service of remembrance will be held at 2pm on July 7th at All Souls Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd, Point Loma.Gifts in Pat's honor should be made to the San Diego Opera Endowment Fund or to All Souls Episcopal Church.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from June 10 to June 11, 2018
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