George Patrick (Pat) Bohan Jr.


September 18, 2017

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George Patrick (Pat) Bohan Jr.

George Patrick Bohan Jr. passed away Sept. 13, 2017.

He was born to George and Mary Bohan in Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 10, 1926.

A resident of Brevard since 1966, he was a member of Sacred Heart Church.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn; his brother, Stewart; his father, George; and his mother, Mary.

He has been a wonderful role model for his four sons, George Patrick III (Rick), John, Michael and David; daughters-in-law, Lea, Karen, Judy and Tanya; nine grandchildren, Katy, Erin, Stewart, Brian, Rankin, Patrick, Eli, Jacob and Emily; and five great-grandchildren, Davis, Jack, Emmy, Abigail and Grady.

His family wishes to express its appreciation for the care given their father during his final days by the staff of CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville.

He grew up in Memphis where he played sports in school, raised prize-winning pigs and was an Eagle Scout. His harrowing stories of Scout camp had the rest of his family wondering how he and his fellow campers managed to survive.

He attended Yale University in New Haven, Conn. While there, he joined the Merchant Marines, in which he served during the last years of World War II. Upon his return to Yale, he met Kathryn Fayden, the love of his life. They were married in 1951 in her hometown of Derby, Conn.

During the Korean War, he was drafted into the Army. They lived in Fort Sill, Okla., where he learned the intricacies of radar repair. After that war, they found themselves in Johnson City, Tenn., where he worked for the Boy Scouts and the first two of their four boys, Rick and John, were born.

New jobs prompted moves to Cheraw, S.C., where Michael was born, then to his present home of Brevard, where David was born. He retired from Ecusta, having worked as a management development specialist.

In his retirement, he devoted himself to travel with Kathryn, caring for her during her illness, building and sustaining his church, and offering himself in service to others, whether as a board member of Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital in Asheville, a volunteer at Sharing House, or as an English tutor to an immigrant who eventually started his own business.

A Funeral Mass and reception celebrating his long and fruitful life will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Brevard at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. The family will receive friends at 9 a.m. prior to Mass at the church at which time the family encourages stories about Pat be shared.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Sharing House, P.O. Box 958, Brevard, NC 28712, or online at He would have also appreciated and admired any work done in his memory to further social justice. He always believed that he and all of us would be rewarded for "whatsoever we do for the least of these."


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