Patrick William Stafford died on August 28, 2017, following a lengthy and valiant struggle with cancer. Pat was born on May 19, 1929, in Detroit Lakes, MN, to George Dewey Stafford and Magdalen Mary Schaan Stafford.
On September 10, 1955, Pat was united in marriage to Doris Tobias at St. Bridget’s Church in River Falls. He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years and their five children; Sheila Stafford (Phil Mattix), Mark (Polly) Stafford, David Stafford, John (Laura) Stafford, and Tom Stafford (Jamie Barry) as well as grandchildren Eleanor and Anna Mattix and Andrew and Mitchell Stafford.
Pat is further survived by his sister Cretia Benolken, brother Paul Stafford, brother-in-law Harvey Field and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Rev. Michael Stafford, OSB, ret., John Stafford and sister Mary Catherine “Diddy” Field.
Pat’s career in journalism, public relations and media services allowed him unique opportunities that included photographing Eleanor Roosevelt, guiding Frank Lloyd Wright on a tour of the Prudential office building in Minneapolis as well as interviewing and photographing stage, screen, and media notables of the era.After retiring in 1984, Pat was involved in real estate sales, managing the River Falls Golf Club from 1987-89 and serving his community as a city council alderman and member of the police commission. He was an avid golfer and passionate fan of the Twins and the Vikings. Pat was an expert in solving crossword puzzles, swiftly completing the New York Times and Chicago Tribune crosswords every Sunday without fail. Pat enjoyed entertaining friends and family and cherished the past decade of winters spent in the Arizona sunshine. He was devoted to his Catholic faith, which sustained him over these past difficult months. In his own words, he was most thankful for his family; his wife, whom he adored and revered, and the pride and love he had for their children and grandchildren.