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Patrick Kevin Noonan

June 2, 2019
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Patrick Kevin "PK" Noonan

After a tragic fall Memorial Day weekend, slipped into a coma and passed Sunday, June 2, 2019, with his brothers at his bedside. Born January 6, 1965 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was preceded in death by his father, James Patrick; mother, Mary Margaret; and older brother, Joseph Fabyan. He is survived by his brother Dan, and his wife Carolee and children Benedict and Cordelia; his brother Tim, and his children, Megan, Brendan and Liam and his grandchildren, Haley, Sophie, Chase and Skylar; and his brother Mike, and his wife Jen and his children, Briana (and Joy Young), Kelia, Alana and Ariana. 

After attending West Allis Lincoln Elementary School, Holy Assumption School, St. Jude the Apostle School and Marquette University High School, Patrick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He served as a Healthcare Unit Coordinator at Froedtert Hospital. Whether it be his hearty chuckle or his penchant for bowties, Patrick has a larger than life personality and heart that was appreciated by his family, friends, co-workers and patients. 

As a youth he participated in Little League and Scouting, having been elected to the Order of the Arrow, by his fellow troop-mates. He lettered as a sports manager at MUHS. And of course, he developed his love of biking and reading. Patrick amassed a private library of approximately 15,000 books. He loved reading to his nieces and nephews and gifting them socially conscious books for their birthdays and Yule. (And he liked helping teach them new words, like Noam Chomsky). 

But in addition to collecting bowties and books, Patrick collected all things related to A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh. And with that we would like to leave you with an abridgment of the last chapter of The House At Pooh Corner:

Chapter Ten IN WHICH Christopher Robin and Pooh Come to and Enchanted Place, and We Leave Them There.

Christopher Robin was going away. Nobody knew why he was going; nobody knew where he was going; indeed, nobody even knew why he knew that Christopher Robin was going away. But somehow or other everybody in the Forest felt that it was happening at last. [Following the reading of Eeoyre's POEM, Christopher Robin and Pooh are left alone] "Where are we going?" said Pooh, hurrying after him, and wondering whether it was to be an Explore or a What-shall-I-do-about-you-know-what. "Nowhere," said Christopher Robin...They walked on, thinking of This and That, and by-and-by they came to an enchanted place on the very top of the Forest called Galleons Lap...It was a place in the Forest where you could sit down carelessly, without getting up again almost at once and looking for somewhere else. Sitting there they could see the whole world spread out until it reached the sky, and whatever there was all the world over was with them in Galleons Lap...And by-the-by Christopher Robin came to an end of things, and was silent, and he sat there looking out over the world, and wishing it wouldn't stop...Then [Pooh] began to think of all the things Christopher Robin would want to tell him when he came back from wherever he was going to, and how muddling it would be for a Bear of very Little Brain to try and get them right in his mind...  

...Then, suddenly again, Christopher Robin, who was still looking at the world, with his chin in his hands, called out "Pooh!" "Yes?" said Pooh. "When I'm-when-Pooh!" "Yes, Christopher Robin?" "I'm not going to do Nothing any more." "Never again?" "Well, not so much. They don't let you." Pooh waited for him to go on, but he was silent again. "Yes, Christopher Robin?" said Pooh helpfully. "Pooh, when I'm-you know- when I'm not doing Nothing, will you come up here sometimes?" "Just me?" "Yes, Pooh." "Will you be here too?" "Yes, Pooh, I will be really.  I promise I will be, Pooh." "That's good," said Pooh. "Pooh, promise you won't forget me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred"..."I promise," he said. Still with his eyes on the world Christopher Robbin put out a hand and felt Pooh's paw. "Pooh," said Christopher Robin earnestly, "If I-if I'm not quite-" he stopped and tried again-"Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won't you?" "Understand what?" "Oh, nothing." He laughed and jumped to his feet. "Come on!" "Where?" said Pooh. "Anywhere," said Christopher Robin. 

So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.

And in the word's of Kenny Loggins Return to Pooh Corner "...I swear that old bear whispered, "boy, welcome home" - Believe me if you can, I've finally come  - Back to the house at Pooh corner by one - What do you know, there's so much to be done - Count all the bees in the hive - Chase all the clouds from the sky..."

Patrick, we believe you've found your way back to the 100 Acre Woods, and are resting peacefully in Galleon's Lap!

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Patrick's life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 12:00 Noon until 4:00pm at Lake Park, Picnic Area #2, located between Locust Street and Linwood Drive on Lake Drive in Milwaukee (https://county.milwaukee.gov/files/county/parks-department/Park-Maps/Lake1.pdf). Parking is available by accessing the north end of Lake Park from north Lincoln Memorial Drive. The service will begin at 12:30pm and will be followed by a "Pot Luck/Pass-a-Dish" cookout. The Noonan Family will provide grilling items (including vegetarian options) along with ice tea and lemonade. You are encouraged to bring a dish to share.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Patrick's name to the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee (https://lasmilwaukee.com/support). The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee was founded in 1916 "to do all things necessary for the prevention of injustice." They are one of the nation's oldest, continuously operating, public interest law firms. Each year the Society provides free legal services to 8,000 of Milwaukee's most vulnerable residents: abused and neglected children, developmentally disabled adults, persons living with HIV/AIDS, battered women, immigrants, elderly, prisoners, mentally ill, physically impaired, unemployed, and homeless - all of whom are too poor to afford legal counsel.

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