MISKIMAN, Pat - A Memorial Service was held for the late Pat Miskiman on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 1:00pm in the Nipawin Evergreen Centre, officiating Rev. Krystal Sheremeta. Patrick William Roy Miskiman was born in Broadview Saskatchewan on July 12th, 1941, the eldest son of Charles Leon Roy and Stella Mary (Wyatt) Miskiman. He was always very proud of his Irish heritage and small-town roots and never forgot where he came from. Stella chose the name Patrick because she loved it, and William Roy came from his father Roy and Roy's brother Bill. For most of his education, Pat attended Spring Lake, a one room country school, travelling there and back behind a horse winter and summer. Being a farm boy, he could multi task - milking, haying, berry picking, and sawing timber all in the same day. He even begrudgingly tended his mother's flock of sheep - even though he hated it - but for his mother he would pretty much do anything. It was while doing one of these tasks at age 15 that he suffered a tragic sawmill accident that severed his entire right thumb and half of his left thumb. They were able to re-attach the right one, but unfortunately the left thumb was too damaged to be replaced, leaving him a with a great prop to help tell crazy stories to his kids and grandkids over the years, and torment them with "The Claw!". For quite a while after the accident he had huge bandages on both hands, but he said the only time he felt uncomfo.rtable was when he had to ask someone else to zip up his fly. He couldn't do very much around the farm while he healed, so he decided to learn to play the banjo, proving there is always a silver lining to every cloud. Unfortunately, he didn't have any money to actually purchase a banjo, but one of the neighbours had one, so Pat asked if he could borrow it for a while. The neighbour, not being much of a musician, told Pat that "If you can learn to play it, you can keep it!". That banjo was the one Pat kept and played for his entire life. He always thought it was just a junk banjo, until it got a well-deserved retrofit in the 1980s. His father Roy was a musician who played the accordion, so with Pat providing the rhythm they were soon playing for country dances all over the area. He played in wider circles in neighbouring communities with his cousin and accordionist Dan Petrie, and along with Dan was also part of a community band called The Caporals who competed in talent shows, played dances, and appeared on local television. He attended the country school in Spring Lake until the end of Grade 10, taking his high school classes by correspondence with the help of the teacher at the time. He attended Broadview High for Grade 11 and 12, impressing all the teachers by getting honors in both years. He also impressed quite a few of the girls, especially a little blonde one named Jean. He was part of the school's music group - of course - but years of milking cows gave him some pretty good arm strength, so he played on the school's baseball team and was quarterback of the football team, where he was also nominated as captain. In his grad year, he was further honoured by being elected President of the Student Council. Pat graduated from Broadview High in 1960 and set off to find his fortune in the world! Right out of school Pat was employed with the local branch of the Bank of Commerce. He had to get used to wearing a white shirt and tie every day, but he was finally getting a steady paycheque and was earning the princely sum of $125 …. a month! Transfers to Brandon and Port Arthur branches followed but Pat finally had to resign, not really liking the whole "banking" business. For a while he thought about becoming a sailor because when they disembarked at port their cheques were three times as much as what he was making. Luckily for all of us his heart ruled his head and he decided to get closer to home and back to that little blonde girl named Jean. Returning to the Broadview area, he worked as a grain buyer for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, but after a while some folks in the Credit Union system saw his potential and offered him the position of Manager of the Tugaske branch. Tugaske was a beautiful little village that housed a lot of the workers that were building the Gardiner Dam at Lake Diefenbaker. Pat absolutely loved it! Not only was he his own boss, but local people - his board and customers - were the ones that evaluated and recognized his efforts, not someone in a high-rise tower many miles away. He finally felt his life was stable enough to start a family, so he decided to settle down and got married to his childhood sweetheart Jean on October 10th 1964. He probably had no idea that this commitment and love would last over 53 years - through many moves, difficulties, and achievements to come. The first addition was Patrick Mark in 1965, a joyous celebration as he was the first grandchild on either side of the family. Next move was in 1969 to be Manager of the much larger Esterhazy Credit Union, plus the addition of two more kids, John Michael in 1970 and David Leslie Charles in 1971. Esterhazy was also where Pat joined the Kinsmen Club, which became another huge part of his life. Pat wanted to take the next big step, so when a General Manager position opened at the Nipawin Credit Union in 1973, he applied for it immediately and was accepted. The move to Nipawin produced another child, Mary Elizabeth, in 1974. Lucky for Nipawin, Pat and Jean decided that there shouldn't be any more moves since they couldn't afford to have any more kids - there seemed to be quite the correlation! Pat had many hobbies, including golfing, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, curling, and playing cards - especially Bridge. That was another reason he adored this area so much - he could do everything he loved within 10 miles of his house. Anyone that knew Pat knew he always delighted in playing a few tunes and having a few drinks, and he did that with literally thousands of different people over the years. He absolutely loved playing the banjo and singing a few tunes, and always looked for an opportunity to do so. It didn't matter if it was one person or a thousand people, he put his heart and soul into every performance. He always said that the universal language of music made instant and enduring friends in every town he visited and in every organization, he worked in. Pat is survived by his wife Jean and sons Mark, John, David, his daughter Mary, their spouses and the many grandchildren they were blessed with. He is also survived by his brothers Don and Larry, sisters Linda and Penny, Jean's brother Ernie, Jean's sisters Joan, Patsy, and Avril, plus their spouses and all the nephews and nieces. "Success is not dependent on a single act, an individual moment, or a single day. Success is made up of thousands of days of effort, dedication and service - in love, in family, in career, and in community." - Pat Miskiman. Condolences to the family may be expressed by Donations to the Nipawin Region Health Foundation, and the Nipawin United Church. Arrangements for the late Pat Miskiman have been entrusted to HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME , Nipawin, SK.
Sincerest sympathy and hugs to you all
Love Pat and Gord
I was saddened and shocked to learn from you this morning that Pat had passed away.
I have many fond memories of times past with you and Pat and I know he will be greatly missed by his community and beyond.
My deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of your husband and father.