Henry VaShawn Patrick, a faith-filled, devoted family man and avid sports fan of Clayton, Ohio, departed this earthly life on July 29, 2019 at the age of 47. Shawn, as he was referred to by many, was born on June 23, 1972 in Maple Heights, Ohio, the only child of Henry W. and Beverly (Sanderfer) Patrick. Shawn faced many challenges with his physical body. Despite his adversities, he maintained an upbeat and loving spirit that had a positive impact on the people he encountered.
Shawn graduated in 1990 from Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights, Ohio. His classmates fondly remember him for his warm, kind and lighthearted demeanor. Following high school, Shawn attended and completed two years at Wright State University where he met his future wife and friend until the end, Kiya Y. Gray.
Shawn and Kiya married on July 18, 1998. Together they raised two beautiful daughters Cierra L. Brown and Kalia A. Patrick. Shawn had a soft spot for children and had several “bonus kids”, as he affectionately called them. He was Paw-Paw to his special bonus babies, PJ and Paiton. Shawn had a way of making the ladies and children in his life feel special with hand written notes and nicknames such as “thunder”, “tiwinkie”, “oreo”, “cupcake”, “honeydip” and “pooh” to name a few.
Shawn enjoyed a career in retail management and merchandising providing superior customer service throughout the Miami Valley region for almost 30 years. Unlike many of his cousins, he did not “roll with the tide”, as he reserved his loyalty for Cleveland professional sports teams and was an avid fan of the Cavaliers and Browns. A true believer, Shawn was an even a greater fan and believer of Jesus Christ. He accepted Christ at an early age at the Willing Workers Baptist Church in Cleveland OH, and as an adult, he was a member of Dominion Ministries International for over 20 years.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Dennie and Emma Patrick, maternal grandparents Thomas Sr. and Earnestean Sanderfer. Shawn leaves to cherish his precious memories, loving and devoted parents, wife of 21 years, step-daughter, daughter, parent in-laws- Marshall and Leona Gray, sister-in-law-Tasha Gray, a long family legacy consisting of a multitude of aunts, uncles, and cousins. He also leaves a host of special friends, classmates, church members and caregivers.
Most will remember Shawn as a self-less, compassionate, witty, fun-loving, and overall good man. His extraordinary strength and courage through his long battle inspired and encouraged many people. He leaves a legacy that will remain in our hearts forever.
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