Very Sad News
I am very sorry to report that Patrick King passed away this evening.
That is truly sad, and a reminder if one were needed that we are all getting older.
So sorry to read Tony's message. Patrick was 2nd in the 1966 Weymouth Championship crewing for Tim Hockin in Flamin-Go no. 1793 and 3rd at Pwllheli with Graham Pike in 'Gigolo' no. 2222 in 1970 . Although unable to crew in Merlin Rockets for many years Patrick stayed close to the class and was frequently to be seen with his mates in the Fortescue at Salcombe.
O'dear, what sad news. Dont forget that Patrick was a championship winning crew with Chris Rhodes in Scenario in 1979 at Falmouth and 4th in 1980 at Weymouth. He and I were the same age within a week. Makes you stop and think.
Thanks Barry for completing Patrick's outstanding championship record over 15 years. I should have remembered because I was at both Falmouth and Weymouth.
former whitstable pro
I'll never forget David Robinson's gesture in having Patrick crew for him at a Whitstable despite Patrick's disability . David got his 'reward ' two years later when he won the Champs at Shoreham .One of the nicest things to happen in the Merlin class .
A very close friend for many years who will be sorely missed by our family. Jeff and Lyndy Worsdale.
A great chap with a wonderful wry sense of humor. A very sensible and knowledgeable chap, we are going to miss him.
I heard the sad news late last night - but I admit it has resulted in a flood of very happy memories. These include -
First met Patrick in Spud's at Exemouth just before his stroke and since enjoyed his dry wit and company almost every year at Salcombe, when we covered almost every subject imaginable, very sad news.
Patrick's funeral will be in Hamble Village Church at 14.30 on Friday the 26th. Tea will be served at the Royal Southern YC afterwards.
Emma and Lucy (Patricks Daughters)
We would like to thank you for your best wishes and support at this sad time.
former whitstable pro
A few of us are meeting in the Bugle from 1230 next friday for ' lunch ' ( Spud , Tony Lane ,Laurie )
ALAN & MARGARET WILLIAMS
WE FIRST MET PATRICK SOME 25YEARS AGO AT SALCOMBE AND MANY TIMES SINCE AT COWES, HAMBLE, LYMINGTON, AND SOCIAL OCCASIONS, A SUPER CHAP WE BOTH ENLOYED HIS COMPANY. HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED. ALAN & MARGARET WILLIAMS
Rowsell sails team.
It is very rare for us at the loft to go a day and not use one of Paticks frases or qoutes, our personal favorite this year was during Salcombe merlin week on board the rowsell rib Patrick was asked if he wanted to go a shore on milbay,his reply was sublime "i would rather land on omaha beach" a real genuine classic person and you were always gauranteed a no bully conversation and a great friend to us all in Exmouth havent spent many Christmas holliday with us going back along.The Old fella Spud is trying to get to grips with internet so expect a message from him but be patient!
I was lucky enough to know Patrick for over 40 years and have so many happy memories of the fun we had sailing together at Hamble and open meetings, socialising, playing, watching and talking sport. The beer and banter after sailing was every bit as important to Patrick as the racing. He was an excellent crew as anyone who sailed with him will confirm. The only time he ever had a sense of humour failure was when we capsized, because he couldn't swim. Thank goodness Chris managed to give him the championship win he richly deserved. Patrick was master of the understatement and his ability to sum up any situation with a witty one-liner was legendary. Despite being dealt a rough hand in life, he was not one to complain about his lot. Emma and Lucy, he was very pruod of you and our thoughts are with you. We will all miss him - and Southampton FC has lost a life-long fan.
My brother John will be unable to come to Patrick's funeral. His thoughts will be with Patrick's family on Friday.
In 1981 I was taken to Southampton General with a suspected burst appendix. The surgeon whipped it out any way. The next day I was up and about in my pyjamas, pulling my drip down the corridor when I saw Patrick in the distance,in his pyjamas, doing exatly the same. He had had a minor operation and he was pulling his drip down the corridor as well. We stopped, looked at each other and both had one of those uncontollable laughing fits that we both split our stitches and head to be sewn up again. His comment was 'I wondered where all the old Merlin Rocket crews ended up' Priceless!
It is hard to find the words to say how much we all miss him isn't it.
Emma, Lucy, I am so sorry for your loss. Patrick was a lovely kind man, who supported me from day one until the day I closed the shop door. That is a lot of honey roast ham! Always funny, with a wealth of entertaing storys to make you laugh. A top bloke.
From all Patrick's northern friends,where he spent many happy weekends with the Balls(Andrew and Carolyn)we shall all miss the rascal immensely, and especially the Saga trips in Salcombe.All the very best to you both Emma and Lucy and families. We'll all be thinking of you on Friday.
lucy beard (king)
Thankyou to everone who came out on the 26th of november. dad would have been proud of the turn out, emma and i were very suprised at how many of you came inspite of the weather. thankyou again for all your kind words and letters. we will miss our dad so very much and a wonderfull grandad an all round great friend to many.