Online Obituary will remain until April 20, 2017
Rev. Patrick Lee, who served for 48 years as a priest of the Diocese of Sacramento, died April 17 in Sacramento. He was 73. Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at a Funeral Mass on Thursday, April 21 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St. in Sacramento. Vigil service will be on Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m. preceded by a viewing from 1 to 4 p.m. in Presentation Church, 4123 Robertson Ave. in Sacramento. Burial will follow the Mass on April 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, 6700 21st Avenue, Sacramento. A native of Ballinalee, County Longford, Ireland, Fr. Lee was ordained in 1968 at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow, Ireland, and was invited to serve in the Diocese of Sacramento. He served as assistant pastor at St. Peter Parish in Sacramento, Holy Spirit Parish in Fairfield, St. Thomas More Parish in Paradise and St. John Vianney Parish in Rancho Cordova. He was pastor of Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Westwood from 1981 to 1990 and of St. Joseph Parish in Marysville from 1990 to 1995. In the few years prior to his retirement, he served as chaplain at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He resided most recently at Presentation Parish and was very involved with pro-life efforts. He served as chaplain to the fourth degree Knights of Columbus and for the Legion of Mary at Presentation Parish. He is survived by two sisters, Kathleen Lee and Peggy Hurson, and brother-in-law Michael Hurson, all of Ireland; a niece, three nephews and six grand nephews. His family is grateful that he died in the loving presence of his family and a few close friends. Memorial donations may be made to Presentation School, 3100 Norris Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sacbee/obituary.aspx?n=patrick-lee&pid=179683295#sthash.XuzbU6nN.dpuf
Message from Past Grand Knight, Jordan Ruiz
It is with great sadness that I reach out to you to announce the passing of our Co-Chaplin, Sir Father Patrick Lee. He went to sleep with God Sunday 4:30am. Fr. Lee was a very active member in our council as well as with his Fourth degree chapter. Father Lee was a champion for life! He could often be found on the sidewalks in front of abortion clinics, praying for the victims of this holocaust. He was also a beloved figure at Presentation Parish school. He would visit the classrooms regularly to check in with the students and ask them what they had learned. He was a great Knight and we must continue on this great man’s legacy. As a council we must be represent him and the Knights of Columbus at his services this week. His life is a standard to strive toward.