Pat Townsend, Sr.
MISSION – Pat Townsend, Sr., 89, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Waterford Gardens in Mission, Texas.
He was born in McAllen, Texas, on March 20, 1933 to Charles A. and Virginia Townsend. Pat was raised at the family home on Taylor Road with his siblings, Quintin, John, Alfred, Mike, Mary Ann and Margaret. He graduated from McAllen High School in 1951 and joined the family farming and ranching operations established by his pioneering family, with his mother graduating from McAllen High School in 1917.
At age 17, Pat met the love of his life, Virginia Hirsch, whom he affectionately referred to as “lover,” while attending the Mercedes Livestock Show. They recently celebrated 69 years together on June 9th.
In 1955 Pat, his father and four brothers started Townsend Implement Co. on Taylor Rd. and soon expanded to East Highway 83 in McAllen in 1959. Pat truly enjoyed working the Parts Counter and talking with loyal customers from Texas and all parts of Mexico until his retirement in 2000.
Pat enjoyed many years of service and volunteer work. He served multiple years as the Food Chairman for the Mission/McAllen Beef Syndicate and was given a Lifetime Membership. He loved and committed himself to the McAllen Rotary Club in 1976 where he achieved 32 years of Perfect Attendance, became a Paul Harris Fellow, and gained many lifelong friends. While with the Rotary Club, he served as Chairman of Vocational Services and traveled with other members to Monterrey Mexico. This led to additional trips to Mexico as an Ambassador for Rotary, and also further trips to the City Of Mission’s “Sister Cities.” As an Ambassador he utilized his warm smile, strong handshake, and perfect Spanish to win over many new friends.
After retirement he signed on as a volunteer at Mission Regional Medical Center and enjoyed hanging out with the Three Amigos telling stories and jokes between runs with patients. Pat enjoyed the simple things in life, like driving the tractor at his El Maso Ranch, and appreciating God’s Nature in photos, especially the beautiful birds!
Pat was a man of great Faith and a Lifelong Member of Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission, Texas. Pat and Virginia faithfully served in the Saint Paul’s Choir for 30 years together.
He and his beloved wife, Virginia, had 10 cherished children, raising them on a small farm on Taylor Road.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; his children, Pat (J.B.), Kathleen (Richard), Mark (Cindy), Greg, Kevin (Celeste), Paul (Nancy), Dan (Debbie), Theresa (Bob), and George (Heather); grandsons, Austin (Kelly), Drew, Elliot (Hannah), Patrick (Brandi), John (Courtney), Matthew, Zachary, Anthony, Aidan, Luke, Richard Jr. (Brittany), and Jerome (Krystal); granddaughters, Elizabeth (David), Rachel (Dean), Amanda, Courtney (Briar), Claire (Vince), Elise, and Taylor; and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret Miksch, and his many nieces and nephews and their families.
He was predeceased by his son Timothy, his parents, and his five other siblings, who he has now joined in Heaven.
He was truly a great father, good friend, neighbor and loving faithful husband who left no doubt who was “in charge”! He loved talking and visiting with his kids and grandkids, usually around the dinner table about even the smallest details of their lives. He will be forever loved and remembered.
Our family wishes to thank everyone who helped us in our time of need especially the staff at Waterford Gardens and Allstate Hospice for their faith, love and dedication to his every need. We also wish to thank Enrique Banda and his wife Sandra for their loyal service and friendship of the last several decades.
Visitation was held on Monday, June 20, with Rosary at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission. A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at Valley Memorial Gardens, 3611 N. Taylor Road., Mission.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Memorial Donations be made to the following: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org and to Saint Paul’s Catholic Church/Building Fund, 1119 Francisco Ave., Mission, TX 78572.