Patrick Leach

Nov. 1, 1950 - July 16, 2022

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Patrick Joseph Leach was born on November 1, 1950 in Buffalo, New York. He was raised in Grand Island, New York, a small island near Niagra Falls. After living in many cities primarily on the west coast, Pat spent the last several decades of his life in Portland, Oregon. Following his diagnosis of brain cancer in April, 2022, he moved to Vancouver, Washington to live with his partner of 14 years, Linda Anglin. He died on July 16, 2022 in Vancouver. In addition to his partner, Linda, Pat is survived by his brother, Joseph Leach of Grand Island. His parents Mary (Pachter) Leach and Joseph M. Leach preceeded him in death. After graduating from Cornell University in 1972, Pat earned his Master's Degrees from Washington State University in Sociology (1978) and Education (1980). Pat's work history included teaching, technical writing, and directing a small university agricultural institute. In his early fifties he realized that he was happiest working outdoors and with his hands, and he started earning his living doing gardening and caring for clients' yards. This allowed him time to pursue his more creative interests of writing poetry and painting. Pat self-published many books of poetry and art, which can be found under his name on Many of his paintings and books can also be found on his website:


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