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In Praise of Sir Patri
dedicated to the memory of Patri Pugliese
©2007 Mark A. Mandel

Cold is the hearth and dark the hall,
downcast the hearts of great and small.
We have lost the best beloved of all:
Sir Patri of Carolingia.

Deft of foot and deft of hand
to teach, to learn, to understand,
known and praised in many a land:
Sir Patri of Carolingia.

A doctor of the history
of natural philosophy
and universal scrivenry:
Sir Patri of Carolingia.

The dances of each clime and age
he taught alike to duke and page
and showed with grace upon the stage:
Sir Patri of Carolingia.

Famous in the lists was he
as Sir Patri du Chat Gris,
and long he held the barony:
Sir Patri of Carolingia.

He built an ever-growing hoard
of ancient manuals of the sword
to share, and asked for no reward:
Sir Patri of Carolingia.

On a less ancient field of Mars
he camped with comrades 'neath the stars
and marched beneath the Stars and Bars:
Sir Patri of Carolingia.

No challenge was beyond his reach.
He was among the first to teach
the Dragon to hear human speech:
Sir Patri of Carolingia.

He wed a lady wise and fair.
Their daughters are a lively pair
who all their parents' virtues share:
Sir Patri of Carolingia.

He lived with generosity,
with honesty and courtesy,
the rarest true nobility:
Sir Patri of Carolingia.

So praise his name in every hall
and let his memory warm us all
and raise a glass as we recall
Sir Patri of Carolingia.
snarkyman: (Gamago Astro)
Posted to Carolingia by Marian"

I am sorry to have to report that Sir Patri du Chat Gris, OL, OP and many other awards as well, mundanely known as Patri Pugliese, passed away today February 11, 2007, at about 5 pm. He had lived with liver cancer for some time now.

His wife, Barbara Pugliese, asked me to post this notice and to announce that she and her daughters, Antonia and Julia, will be at home the next couple of evenings; people are welcome to visit then.

If you wish to write, her address is: 39 Capen St, Medford MA 02155.

There are not yet firm plans for a memorial service, but it will probably be in a few weeks. I will post more information when I get it from Barbara.

I am so sorry.

Marian

Having lost my own mother to cancer, I can only imagine how the family feels about losing their husband and father. I also feel sad for the loss to the Barony of Carolignia, the SCA and all the other communities Patri influenced. He will be sorely missed.

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