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 Post subject: Pat O'Riordan has died.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:06 am 
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Patrick Jeremiah O'Riordan, master whistle craftsman passed away on March 7, 2019, at the age of 91. I believe I have seen previous listings on this sight of Pat's passing, but they were incorrect. I live in the same city (Ft Wayne, IN) and he was a family friend. You can probably see the obit at www.journalgazette.net. Pat was a kind and friendly man always willing to take time for people. His whistles are in use all over the world by many musicians, including Joanie Madden. -Thomas L Dawkins


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:32 am 
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I shared the news on Monday...I find it hard to see how any of the information was incorrect... :-? Regardless...it is silly to debate such things in the overall picture...R.I.P Mr. O'Riordan


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:57 am 
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tldawkins wrote:
Patrick Jeremiah O'Riordan, master whistle craftsman passed away on March 7, 2019, at the age of 91.

...the obit at http://www.journalgazette.net.


Here's the obit, quite short https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortw ... =191823659

So sorry to hear of Pat's passing.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:19 pm 
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whistle1000 wrote:
I shared the news on Monday...I find it hard to see how any of the information was incorrect... :-? Regardless...it is silly to debate such things in the overall picture...R.I.P Mr. O'Riordan

I believe tldawkins is referring to once or twice years ago when Pat's death was incorrectly reported on this board.

Pat's whistles are wonderful, and he was never less than a gentleman in his interactions with me. RIP.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:14 pm 
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Thanks Solomon! That makes sense...I saw similar posts over the years....p'raps I'll get a chance at your lovely O'Riordan low D next time you're in Sin Jawn's....my first time seeing or hearing one...a great sounding whistle....well, you made it sound great anyways. All the besht!


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whistle1000 wrote:
Thanks Solomon! That makes sense...I saw similar posts over the years....p'raps I'll get a chance at your lovely O'Riordan low D next time you're in Sin Jawn's....my first time seeing or hearing one...a great sounding whistle....well, you made it sound great anyways. All the besht!

Ha! I actually tried recording "Petty Harbour Bait Skiff" on it earlier this week as a bit of a tribute to Pat, but while the whistle IMO sounds great, I wasn't happy with my playing.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:09 pm 
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I took a chance on an expensive (to me at the time) set of d/c whistles by an unknown maker back in the early 90s. I"m not sure C&P was even a thing yet. I was still getting paper catalogues from Lark in the Morning and ordering by phone. I feel very privileged to have them in my life. I wish I could have met him. He sounded like a great person. I particularly enjoyed the interview he gave some time ago. It is on YouTube somewhere I think. He has given many people great joy.


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Some years back, I had a couple of whistles that I sent to Pat on different occasions. One was an F that he made a G body for, and the other was the 'Tin of Whistles' that just sounded funky. He made the G tube and apologized profusely for the poor sound of the 'Tin.." and replaced the head. Neither time would he accept money, so I sent steaks for one and a bottle of fine whiskey for the other. He thanked me heartily for both, and we had some nice visits.

May you rest in peace on this St. Paddy's day, Patrick O'Riordan as your family and friends attend your memorial. Your contribution and character will live on forever.

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