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Patricia Theresa Arab

March 9, 1939 - April 21, 2012
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Patricia (Pat) Theresa Arab, the source of much love and joy for her family and many friends, died in Halifax on April 21, 2012. She died peacefully surrounded by loved ones, after battling illness and heart disease for many years. Pat faced her illness the same way she lived her life, with courage and fierce determination. Her love of life was immense. Even through her pain and suffering, Pat pushed herself to keep living to the fullest, and with a great sense of purpose. Indeed, Pat was a great woman. She touched many people, often at a time in their lives when they were down. She dedicated her life to helping those in need; the sick,...
Patricia (Pat) Theresa Arab, the source of much love and joy for her family and many friends, died in Halifax on April 21, 2012. She died peacefully surrounded by loved ones, after battling illness and heart disease for many years. Pat faced her illness the same way she lived her life, with courage and fierce determination. Her love of life was immense. Even through her pain and suffering, Pat pushed herself to keep living to the fullest, and with a great sense of purpose. Indeed, Pat was a great woman. She touched many people, often at a time in their lives when they were down. She dedicated her life to helping those in need; the sick, the poor, the elderly, new immigrants and anyone else who asked. Pat never said No. She was the rock who gathered her family around her and kept them grounded. She was also a pillar in the Lebanese community. In 2005, Pat was the recipient of the Lebanese government's Emigrant of the Year award. She was always there for her family, friends and even strangers, during the most trying and vulnerable times of their lives. Is it any surprise they never forgot? Pat helped many immigrants who later became successful and contributing Canadians. One man crossed paths with her children years later, when they hired him for his professional services. They had no idea he knew their mother. But when it came time to pay, he refused to invoice the work. They asked: Why? He said: "Because your mother helped me at a time when I had no one."Patsy was a truly remarkable person, so special that even Pope John Paul II recognized it when he hand picked her from the crowd, during a trip with the Knights of Columbus to Rome in 1979. He gave Patsy a special blessing in a moment that was captured forever by the official papal photographer. A great story teller, Pat could hold court just as easily with archbishops and prime ministers, as she could with refugees, or the more troubled individuals she met during her many years as an intrepreter in the criminal courts. She had boundless energy, an indomitable spirit and an intelligence that never ceased. Pat loved children and was a teacher, who graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with her Bachelor or Arts and Bachelor of Education, one of the first Lebanese women in Halifax to achieve a university education. She was a natural-born diplomat who entertained many politicians in her home, especially during the years of the Lebanese civil war. She met with leaders from all factions in search of a peaceful solution, including Prime Minister Salim El Hoss and president elect Bachir Gemayel. Gemayel was so impressed with Pat, he invited her to be part of his team to Washington, in the important portfolio of press secretary. Gemayel never forgot Pat, and called her every christmas. Pat was a long-time member of the Catholic Woman's League, and a volunteer religion teacher at Rockingham School. She and her beloved husband Phillip were one of the first to be married at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Her family was a pillar of the the parish until in closed in 2009. Patsy adored us and we in turn adored her. More than anything, though, she was most loved by her precious grandchildren Rachel, Phillip and Peter who meant more to her than life itself. Her famous beautiful blue eyes would come to life whenever they were near and even in her last days, they were the only ones who could bring her joy and bring a smile to her face. Words cannot describe the love she had for them. We are heartbroken by the passing of our most cherished and adored wife, mother, aunt and friend, which leaves a deep void we know will never be filled. None of us can imagine a world without her in it but we know she is with God and will always be watching over us. She's survived by Phillip, her beloved husband of 50 years; her children, Marianne, Peter (Leona), and Patricia, all of Halifax, and Paula, Calgary; her grandchildren Rachel, Phillip and Peter, sister-in-laws Laurence, Margo, Margo, Georgette and Yesmine many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, including her cousin and good friend Leonard Salah. She was predeceased by her parents, Charles (Ramia) Joseph and Mary (Arab) Joseph, brother-in-laws George Arab, Chucri Arab, Toufic Arab, John Arab, Jamil Francis, and Maurice Fares.
In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to World Vision, her favorite charity, or the Heart and Stroke of Foundation

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