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Discussion: Sad day for the Pace Electronics Family

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July 28, 2012
Al33
Men's 55
183 posts
Sad day for the Pace Electronics Family
I write this note with a very heavy heart. Our sponsor, Mr. F. Patrick Kehoe passed away early this morning. Pat was out in Indianapolis for the Brickyard race this weekend doing something he loved to do. He woke up and didn't feel well, decided to lay back down for awhile. He passed away in his sleep.

Mr. Kehoe was one of the most generous and kind men that I have ever known and it goes way beyond the softball field. He held my children when they were babies and has supported my wife for many many years after she had her first stroke at the age of 30 and second at the age of 40.

He has sponsored softball teams, both men and women for over 40 years. He has touched many many lives over those 40+ years. He was one of the best sponsors in the entire country. Mr. Kehoe has been recognized numerous times for his generosity. He is a member of the Rochester, N.Y. Softball Hall of Fame, a member of the New York State USSSA Softball Hall of Fame and also a member of the USSSA National Softball Hall of Fame. That speaks volumes as to kind of person he was. Better than that he was just a plain good man.
I am one of the original players going back to 1976 when I started playing for Pace Electronics. He never cared if we won or lost. He was always concerned that we respect the game and play it with class and dignity. This is something that I have tried to do every time I step on the field. I have tried to instill those values in my team mates over the years and remind them of such when needed. We all will surely miss him on the softball diamond, but more importantly miss the man himself. The softball community has definitely lost an icon. May god rest his soul.

We all should be thankful to be doing what we are doing as it could be taken away from any one of us at any time. Life is to short. Good luck to you all, my softball friends and stay healthy.

Al Drechsler #33
Pace Electronics
July 28, 2012
birdie
Men's 60
678 posts
Al, I and the rest of the NV FORCE are sorry for the Pace softball team's lost. He sounds like a great man and he will surely be missed. Our prayers go out to the family on their loss . Thanks Harry
July 28, 2012
Tri18
610 posts
Al, I have played against his teams for over 20 years. A truly generous man who supported his teams and players and pro he'd the game. He has a special place in heaven now. We will be remembering his family in prayer and celebrating him being in a better place.
Regards,
Alan Tanner
Tricoach 18
Team 1 Sports
July 28, 2012
the wood
1075 posts
Al, I remember playing against Pace 38 years ago in pinole, CA. They were a solid team with guys like Tacone & Eichelberger. You're right, he will be missed. BW
July 30, 2012
TommyC
16 posts
Al, sorry to here the bad news. We played against you all last year in Brook Park, Ohio and stayed at the same hotel as you guys. I was talking with one of your players (which may have been you) about your sponsor and how a great person he was. My families prayers are with the family of Mr.Kehoe. Maybe we will run into each other again somewhere down the road.
July 30, 2012
Tim Millette
478 posts
Met the man a few times over the years but played against his teams off and on for 20 years. Every team he sponsored knew the reputation they were trying to uphold..... Good sportsmanship, respecting the game, players, umps and Fans..... With Gene he had the number one softball leader in my playing days carrying his company's name on its chest.
A great man softball was lucky to lure in...
July 30, 2012
d45
132 posts
I am so sorry for your loss of Mr. Kehoe. I never knew him, but what a model we should all use when we play softball and in life!
I, to, am thankful every time I step on the field and play.
Life is just a vapor and can be gone so quickly. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends.
Aug. 1, 2012
sliplayer
Men's 60
70 posts
Al
My condolences on the passing of Mr. Kehoe. I didn't know the man personally but he always fielded a class team in the Pace softball team which I know is direct reflection of his integrity.

Steven Imlay
GSF
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