There are no words to express my sadness at the loss of one of our community’s shining stars, Patrick Sawyer. Patrick died of injuries sustained from a hit-and-run accident while he was riding his bike and struck by a car from behind. For more information, please see this website.

My introduction to Patrick was when he spoke to the St Joe Valley Greens several years ago when he first came up with his idea for Paddlefest, an event to encourage the community to embrace our beautiful river as a place for recreation and competition. Patrick’s infectious enthusiasm, creativity and energy guided Paddlefest to become an event that attracted some of the best paddlers from across the country. Patrick was also a loving and dedicated husband and father who was just a few weeks away from completing his degree in nursing. I am so sorry for his loss to his wife, his children, our community and our planet.

There will be a fundraising ride in Pat’s honor next Tuesday night, July 29th. The ride will start from the Northpoint Elementary School in Granger, IN. There will be a prayer at 6 PM immediately preceding the ride.

The ride will take place during the regular Outpost Tuesday Night Ride, but will have the special purpose of generating contributions for the Patrick Sawyer fund. Cash, credit cards and checks (made out to “Benefit of Patrick Sawyer”) will be accepted the night of the event.


Visitation will be Sunday, July 27th from 1-5pm.

Hickey Funeral Home

17131 Cleveland Rd

South Bend, IN

Visitation will also be Monday 10-11am at Little Flower Church

54191 Ironwood Rd

South Bend, IN

Funeral at Little Flower Church Monday at 11 am

Luncheon will follow where we will remember Pat. Everyone will have a chance to speak about Pat, to celebrate his life, to give words of remembrance. We encourage all those who have memories and thoughts to share.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the fund which is set up for the children: Danny, Joey, Tommy, and Laura. You can go to any Key Bank branch or send donations to:

Benefit of Patrick Sawyer

Key Bank

South Bend, IN 46601