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09/13/1958 — 01/12/2019
From Pasco, WA | Born in Spokane, WA
Patrick (Rick) Charles Tolar, 60 of Pasco, WA peacefully entered heaven on Saturday, January 12th. He was born in Spokane, WA on September 13th, 1958 to his parents Frank A. and Ethel L. Tolar.
Patrick spent his life as an avid outdoorsman. Fishing was his preferred past time, but he would never turn down a good hunt. His love of the outdoors originated from his stays with his grandfather Albert C. Lilley in Kimberly, B.C. Canada, who taught him about the great outdoors and was also a renowned gardener.
Patrick's family moved to the Tri-Cities area while he was a small child and he decided early on that Pasco would forever be his home. He married Ronica Wright in 1983 in his father's backyard and their son Skye Lane Tolar was born on October 21st, 1989.
Patrick was a proud union (U.A. 598) pipefitter/welder until his early retirement in 2013 from Areva in Richland, WA. He earned his associates degree in welding technology from Columbia Basin College in 1980. His career took him all over the world and he enjoyed recounting stories of his travels to friends and family. He made many life-long friends in this occupation.
After his retirement, Patrick dove head first into gardening. On any given day you could find him exercising his horticulture abilities while being supervised by his puppy, Hocktan. With the help of his greenhouse he kept beautiful flowers year round. His pride in his plants was only surpassed the pride he felt for his son and grandchildren. Patrick focused his retirement on living life to the fullest. He ensured his family and friends knew how loved they were and in turn was showered with love. He was known for his generosity, always willing to help out. Rick was able to make peace with the important people in his life. In the last 5 years Patrick accomplished more than most do in a lifetime.
Patrick is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ethel, a handsome cat named Chuck, and his favorite black lab Maggie. He is survived by his beloved son Skye Tolar (Alyssa), his precious grandchildren Malachi and Evelyn (who he insisted on calling Patty); by his siblings, Gary (Cheryl), Randy, and Lori (Jack), nieces and nephews, Amanda, Kim, Nicole, Ryan, Shay and Waylon, and his Fur-children, Hocktan and Patrick.
There will be a celebration of life for Patrick at Einan's Sunset Garden Event Center on Sunday, January 20th at 2pm, reception to follow immediately after.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7350 W. Deschutes Ave, Kennewick, WA 99336 or Cold War Patriots P.O. Box 18916 Denver, Colorado 80218-0916.