Pat Dooley

Living Pat Dooley’s dream

Scholarship provides deserving Kwantlen student with $1000 towards turf management program

Sixteen-year-old Pat Dooley was a gifted athlete, but golf was his passion.

In fact, the Surrey teen would spend countless hours on the greens, fine-tuning his game, sometimes well past nightfall.

“He would play golf all day and when I would go pick him up, it would be dark and I would walk the course to find him,” recalled his dad Steve Dooley. “And he would still be playing.”

Dooley figured his son liked to be out in nature on his own and golf really fit the bill.

In January of 2008, Pat developed what seemed to be the flu.

He was studying for his final exams and began to feel sick, but he was so determined to do well in his provincial exams, he would study for a while, then vomit, then study some more – until his parents realized his condition seemed to be getting worse.

They took him to the hospital and he was admitted right away.

Pat was diagnosed with viral encephalitis, a flu-like virus that attacks the brain. It’s an extremely rare condition that occurs in about one in 700,000 people.

While at the hospital, Dooley was able to convince Pat’s teachers to give him a passing grade on his provincial math exam, a decision that didn’t sit well with his son.

“I told him, ‘because you’re already getting 92 per cent in math you don’t have to write your provincial exam,’” said Dooley. “He was so mad at me, he said, ‘that’s none of your business. I’m going to write that exam when I get better’.”

Pat passed away eight days later.

Despite their tremendous loss, the Dooley family felt they needed to do something to honour their son and help others.

After graduating from high school, Pat had planned to attend the Turf Management Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in Surrey, a program that seemed to mesh well with his love of golf and the outdoors.

This fall, the first recipient of the annual Pat Dooley endowment fund with be awarded $1,000 towards their tuition in the program

Eight years ago, the Dooley family began to build the fund in Pat’s honour and the KPU turf club students offered to top up the fund to the endowment level of $20,000 by organizing a golf tournament at Mayfair Lakes in Richmond in April, the course Pat called home.

The fund is designed for someone who emulates the qualities Pat had, said his dad including high integrity, being involved in the community and wanting to give back.

“At Pat’s memorial the theme was ‘Take Pat With You’ and this endowment fund is such a great example of that,” said Dooley. “Because now, eight years later, some deserving student will be taking Pat with them and living out his dream.”

 

Just Posted

Date set for ‘demolition event party’ at Surrey’s Flamingo Hotel

Mayor McCallum to raise excavator bucket for the ‘ceremonial hit’ on the long-standing building

‘Chest Air’ show in Surrey for storyteller/author Ivan Coyote, prior to city’s Pride festival

‘I want to stop the gerbil wheel a little bit,’ says award-winning artist, who has moved back to Yukon

VIDEO: Life-threatening injuries in South Surrey motorcycle crash

Air ambulance dispatched following incident at 148 Street and 30 Avenue Monday

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Ladner church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Coroner’s report confirms suicide in Ben Kilmer case

2018 disappearance sparked massive search

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Dinosaur statues from defunct Dinotown theme park stolen in Chilliwack

The dinosaur figures once graced the theme park but were destined for Chilliwack fundraiser

Langley’s oldest and last strip bar shuts its doors

The Alder Inn, in operation since 1957, has reportedly been purchased

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

Update: Two shot, two arrested at Toronto Raptors victory rally

The team and several dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau, remained on stage

Oil and gas sector cautious as deadline on Trans Mountain decision nears

Trudeau government expected to announce whether it will approve pipeline for second time on Tuesday

Skipping school costs a dozen B.C. students chance at a new car

Cowichan’s Jared Lammi showed up and won $5,000 cheque toward vehicle, but he can’t drive

Most Read