Name at birth: Patrick McNeil Gentry Date of birth: 09-03-65 Place of birth: Chicago, IL USA Date of death: 02-26-98 Place of death: Tulsa, OK USA Place of burial: Floral Haven Cemetery, Veterans Honors Field, Broken Arrow OK USA
Submitted by: Virginia Massey (VMassey419@aol.com)
Patrick was a wonderful man who enjoyed life to the fullest. I don’t think anyone will ever understand why on February 26, 1998, he chose to take his own life. Leaving behind a wife a two beautiful daughters, his loving parents, brothers, sister, and too many friends to mention.
Patrick joined the Navy at 21 and was stationed at Point Mugu, CA. After leaving the Navy in 1991, he moved to Oklahoma to enroll in school to become an Aircraft Mechanic. He recently finished school and got a wonderful job making good money. I lost touch with him a few years ago, and for that, I will live with many, many regrets. I loved him very much, enough to set him free and always hope he’d come back to me….the pain I feel will be forever endless. I hope he is in the arms of an angel now, for he is free from whatever pain he endured here on Earth. Someday, I know we will be together again. Until that time, let this memorial stand for my undying love for Patrick McNeil Gentry. My first true love. You are in my heart and prayer, forever baby.
My love always,
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me,
I took His hand when I heard His call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I couldn’t stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play,
Tasks left undone must stay that way…
I found my peace at the end of the day
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy!!
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss!!
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshines of tomorrow
My life’s been full, I savored much…
Good friends, good times and a loved one’s touch
Perhaps my life seemed all to brief,
Don’t lenghten it now with undo grief
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
God wanted me now; He set me free.