Patrick A. Gomes, age 78, of Colon, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020 at Skaggs Adult Foster Care Facility.
A little less than one year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, on August 14, 1942, Patrick A. Gomes was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents were Abel Jerome Gomes and Lucile M. Calhou. His parents were second generation Portuguese immigrants who came to Hawaii to work in the Cane fields. Patrick lived in Honolulu with his parents until 1956 when his father moved the family to Culver City, California. When he was 18 years old, and after graduating high school, Patrick got a job in the Motion Picture industry as a paint mixer. With a good work ethic and talent to match, Patrick became a set painter and then a paint foreman. Patrick’s career in the Motion Picture and Television industry lasted for 45 years when he retired in 2008. Patrick worked on many major motion pictures throughout his career. In his spare time Patrick enjoyed old cars, especially his yellow ZZ top ’32 Ford. His passion however was horseracing. He owned and raced several standardbred horses and a few thoroughbreds. While he never owned a Kentucky Derby Winner, he could be found at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, or Del Mar racetracks betting on them all.
On February 15, 1982 Patrick married Nancy Harker-Caldwell in Las Vegas.
Patrick is survived by his Wife Nancy Gomes of Colon, Sons Anthony (Diane Schaeffer) Gomes of Simi Valley, California, and Timothy (Marie Soria) Gomes of Stevenson Ranch, California, Grandchildren: Ian Gomes, Anna Gomes, Daniel Schaeffer, Kasey Kunert, Sarah Carr, and Grace Caldwell, Great Grandson Calvin Carr, Several Nieces and Nephews, Second wife Patricia Shay, Step Daughter Pam, Step Son Dean Caldwell, Sister In Law Linda Reed, Brother In Law Terry Karker, and Cousins: Rosemary Miranda, and Charlotte White.
Patrick was preceded in death by his Parents, A Brother Allan Gomes, First wife Barbara Bush, and a Step Daughter Marna Caldwell Fruth.
Following in Patrick’s wishes cremation has taken place. There are no services planned at this time. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the St. Joseph County Humane Society. Online condolences may be left at schipperfuneralhome.com.