Patrick H. "Pat" Gonyea Sr. of Conesus, NY passed away on Monday, August 27th, 2018 at the age of 75. Pat was born in Saranac Lake, NY, the youngest of eight children. He is predeceased by his parents, Mary Estelle (nee Murphy) and Leon John Gonyea; three wives, Sharon Roberts, Carolyn Clement and Jacqueline Cunningham; two brothers, Leon and Bill; and one sister Marie. He is survived by his four loving children, Patricia Lynn, Peter Steven, Patrick Harold, Jr. and Christine Estelle; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jasmine, Brianna, Taylor, Grace, Jason, Brittany; two great grandsons, Keagen and Casen; three brothers, Doug, Gaylon, Jack and one sister, Jane; along with several nieces and nephews.
Pat enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17, and served 3 years in Troop 6, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Third US Army (6/30/60 to 6/28/63); most of his time spent in Korea. Pat again enlisted at the age of 21 and served in Troop C, 2nd RECON Squadron, 10th Cavalry as a Legal Clerk (8/29/63 to 11/15/66). Pat was awarded several medals for his service: US Army Good Conduct x 2, Republic of Vietnam VN Campaign medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge, Korea Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Medal, and Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon.
Pat enjoyed spending time with his fellow veterans at the local American Legions. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, traveling, playing euchre, watching Earnhardt NASCAR dynasty and the NFL (rooting for anyone playing against the Dallas Cowboys), and eating chocolate ice cream and doing cross word puzzles.
A special thank you to all the family, friends, fellow veterans (Dan Walkley, Jack Jischke, Charles 'Chic' Streb, Kirk Welsted, Dan Appel and Katie Thompson) and care givers (especially Irene Noah, Moira Coughlin, Karen Henry, Donna Ruth Smith, Beth Eaton) who helped make Pat's journey through his life very pleasant and dignified.
A special shout out to the Livonia Center Post 283 (who sponsored Pat for Rochester Honor Flight Mission 54), Conesus Post 1779 and Springwater Post 905 (of which Pat was a member for 45 years) American Legion members for all that you have done for Pat and all that you do for your communities, especially the aging.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life, Military Funeral Honors and a pig-roast dinner on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 at 2:30pm at the Conesus American Legion Post 1779, 6317 Marshall Rd, Conesus, NY 14435.
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Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to: Honor Flight Rochester, Inc., PO Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692. Honor Flight Mission 54 was one of the highlights of Pat's life. »(Do not delete this line. It does not print. Text that is to appear on web must be entered before this line)