In Memoriam — Patricia (Pat) Alcock (1917-2014)


Pat Alcock died peacefully on New Year’s Eve. A long-time friend and supporter of Project Ploughshares, we join with her family in mourning her passing and celebrating her life.

Pat’s family described her legacy this way: “Her life was like a ship that left a long and wide wake.”

Many of us in her wide circle of friends, acquaintances, and colleagues still feel that wake, which is nothing like the frothy turbulence that follows the legions of pleasure craft that skim the waters of her beloved Georgian Bay. It’s more like the long and gently rolling waves from a giant cargo ship, whose power can lift you long after the vessel has passed.

Pat spent her life advocating for peace and social justice. She was a founding member of the Voice of Women for Peace and more than 60 years ago she, together with her late husband Norman, along with Hanna and Alan Newcombe, founded the Canadian Peace Research Institute. This pioneering enterprise, which always punched above its weight, survived on a shoe-string budget, due in no small part to Pat’s practicality and formidable organizing and management skills.

Her family reports, “Until her final days, she was writing petitions and letters of outrage at whatever injustice struck her as needing a voice.”

The long quiet wave that follows in the wake of Pat Alcock will continue to buoy her family and friends and lift up the vision of peace and justice that she championed.

A celebration of Pat’s life will be held in the Port Sydney Community Centre on Saturday, March 28 at 12:30 pm. (Contact the Mitchell Funeral Home in Huntsville for more information.)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Project Ploughshares, the Council of Canadians, or other peace and social justice NGOs.

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