Resolution J653-2013

Congratulating Walter and Anna May Patrick on their recognition as New York State's longest married couple



  • Mar 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 28, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  congratulating Walter and Anna May Patrick upon
the occasion of their recognition as New York  State's  longest  married

WHEREAS,  Walter  T. Patrick, Sr. and Anna May Patrick, of Lansingburgh,
New York, were united in marriage nearly 76 years ago; and
  WHEREAS, On Saturday, February 16, 2013, just two months before  their
76th  Wedding  Anniversary, they proudly accepted an award from New York
Marriage Encounter, an organization which  has  promoted  and  advocated
strengthening  marriage bonds for countless couples nationwide since the
early 1970s, recognizing them as the New York State couple who has  been
married for the longest time; and
  WHEREAS,  Three  quarters of a century ago Walter and Anna May Patrick
met at the local swimming hole, once known as Miami Beach, on  what  was
called Oil Mill Hill, where there was a dance hall and a nightclub; and
  WHEREAS,  The only time since their marriage Walter and Anna have been
apart was when Walter was in Texas during World War II, Walter was wait-
ing to be shipped out, not certain if he'd see his wife and  four  chil-
dren  again when, waiting by the ship with his colleagues with all their
clothes and gear on, the word came, and was joyfully received, that  the
war was over; and
  WHEREAS,  Walter  Patrick returned to Troy, New York, where he began a
career with General Electric as a machinist until his retirement; and
  WHEREAS, Accepting  the  award  on  February  16,  96-year-old  Walter
Patrick  and  Anna May Patrick were visibly pleased to be in the company
of a good portion of their family; they are the proud  parents  of  five
children  and  have  15  grandchildren  and 29 great-grandchildren, with
number 30 to be ecstatically welcomed in just a few months; and
  WHEREAS, Walter and Alma May Patrick are and always have been a  tower
of strength, support, understanding and limitless love for their family;
  WHEREAS,  Their love, devotion, caring, sensitivity and responsiveness
to their family, friends and all who know them are  their  hallmark  and
tradition; and
  WHEREAS,  Walter  and Anna May Patrick have lived and continue to live
their lives with great dignity and genuine grace, always demonstrating a
deep and continuing concern for human  values  and  ideals,  and  in  so
doing, they have inspired others to do the same; and
  WHEREAS,  This  meaningful and well-deserved recognition is the result
of the love, hard work and spirit  Walter  and  Anna  May  Patrick  have
invested in their marriage; and
  WHEREAS,  These  same  values  they  have  passed to their loved ones,
producing a family that is close-knit and supportive of  its  individual
members,  public-minded  in its relations to the community and committed
to the ideals of citizenship upon which this Nation was founded; and
  WHEREAS, Walter and Anna May Patrick have touched the lives  of  their
family  and  many friends through the shining example of their marriage,
which is a testament to the devotion and admiration which  they  possess
for one another; and
  WHEREAS,  The  longevity of this enduring marriage truly marks a mile-
stone in life's journey, an event of personal triumph and joy; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when a recogni-
tion and occasion of such importance are brought to our attention,  they
should  be  memorialized  by  us  for  the  edification and emulation of
others; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
congratulate  Walter  and  Anna  May  Patrick upon the occasion of their

recognition by New York Marriage Encounter as New York  State's  longest
married couple and to wish them well; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Walter and Anna May Patrick.


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