In Memoriam: Patrick DeLorenzo
Patrick John DeLorenzo, 62, Father, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Godfather and Friend, died peacefully at his home in Mission Viejo, California on December 22, 2020.
Pat was born in Trenton, New Jersey on September 13th, 1958 to parents Pasquale DeLorenzo & Allene Kershner DeLorenzo, who predeceased him. Pat leaves behind his heart and soul, his children Patrick Nicholas DeLorenzo and Gianna Sophia DeLorenzo. Pat is survived by his sisters Paula DeLorenzo and Janice DeLorenzo and predeceased by his brother Mark DiLorenzo. Pat is also survived by his nephews Christopher Santiago, Jonathan Trauner and Matthew DiLorenzo, his great-niece Micah Stromsoe DeLorenzo, many cousins and a tremendous number of people who called him their friend.
Pat had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help a friend or family member and was often the person who would offer to take you to the airport, as well as bring you a bottle of water to hydrate. He was a gentle man, tremendously kind, and had a bit of a playful side with a smirk to go with it. The only thing bigger than his heart seemed to be his appetite; those who knew him knew he loved food and we all wondered where he put it all.
Pat was many things to many people. He was an amazingly forceful advocate for the rights of special needs children and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. Pat worked diligently to have a State Board policy preventing trained teachers from administering a life-saving seizure medication to students overturned, potentially preventing the deaths of seizure-prone students.
Pat was a REALTOR® for over 40 years, having started his career in New Jersey and continuing it in California. He touched many people’s lives by helping them to buy or sell their dream homes from Condos to Castles. Pat had studied horticulture in college and never shied away from gardening and sharing what he had learned. He was an avid champion of the health benefits of PH Balanced hydrogen water. He enjoyed playing pool and snooker with his buddies at Laguna Woods. For a time, Pat was a very proficient bowler, belonging to a league at Saddleback Lanes. He genuinely enjoyed a day on the water fishing, whether it was the ocean or a lake, and especially liked doing so with his son. He loved to play golf and called San Juan Hills Country Club his home course, playing there often with his band of “brothers”.
Pat will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Once the world becomes a little more normal, a celebration of his life will be planned and communicated with his friends and family.