Remembering Patrick Madigan
Long-time board leader passes away
(April 2013) - Patrick Madigan, 57, long-time St. Joseph’s Foundation leader and benefactor, passed away on April 19 from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Patrick was diagnosed with ALS in the late 1990s when he was a sales manager for Merrill Lynch in Manhattan, New York. He, his wife, Anne, and their four children moved to Phoenix in 1997, and he retired from Merrill Lynch in 2000.
Patrick joined the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Foundation in 1999 and served nine years, including two years as chairman. When he retired from the board with emeritus status in 2008, Sister Madonna Marie Bolton presented him a proclamation on behalf of the board. It read in part:
Whereas, in 1999, Patrick Madigan was appointed to the St. Joseph’s Foundation where he served two terms. Patrick embodies the values of The Sisters of Mercy – dignity, justice, collaboration, excellence and stewardship.
Whereas, Patrick Madigan’s personhood is not locked in his disability but transcends his physical body and shines forth as a light to all who meet him. He is a gentle man, a man of courage, an example of “the indomitable Spirit.”
Whereas, Patrick’s perseverance, positive attitude and giving personality are an inspiration to all who experience him. Although he may not speak, his faith and love shine forth in abundance through his beautiful eyes.
Now, therefore, we recognize the outstanding leadership and commitment of Patrick Madigan to serve others in a humble and selfless manner through the years as a St. Joseph’s Foundation board member.
The staff, volunteers and leaders of St. Joseph’s Foundation extend their condolences to Patrick’s family and friends.