Councilor David Patrick fondly remembered

Councilor David Patrick, who passed away at age 67, is being fondly remembered by colleagues for decades of public service. (Courtesy, city of Tulsa)

Up above city hall Monday, the flags somberly flew in a position of mourning.

"They’ve been at half staff since Friday," said Tulsa city councilor Karen Gilbert.

A tribute to a councilor who served the city for nine terms.

"Councilor Patrick was just a dedicated servant to Tulsans," she said.

Since his sudden passing on Friday, he's been fondly remembered as a councilor with common sense.

"We could spend over 45 minutes to an hour on one agenda item, one agenda item, and then David Patrick would sum it up in two sentences," said Gilbert.

Case in point, there was the story we did about some residents fed up with all the red tape they had to go through to get a stop sign.

"I know they’re getting impatient, I’m getting impatient," said Patrick.

Or the story about the Governor's proposal to do away with the sales tax on groceries.

"I'm all for taking sales tax off of groceries cause I buy groceries too," he said.

Or, getting to the point even quicker, the story we did about the rash of thieves hitting street lights.

"Don’t steal the copper wire," he said.

He got to the point, and was more inclined to do something about an issue than just talk about it.

"If you need one, come get one," he said, tapping on a dog house.

It was back in 2012 when we caught up with him converting old trash bins into dog houses to help keep man's best friends from freezing, and doing all the work himself because...

"When you’re working with power tools, I’d rather do it myself, I don’t want anybody, a volunteer to lose a finger," he smiled.

"He’s so dedicated to the city and to the citizens that he represented," said Gilbert.

There's still a sense of shock that he's gone, and that feeling will probably last a good long while.

"It's hard walking by his office, him not being there," said Gilbert.

Services will be at Floral Haven Funeral Home in Broken Arrow. The viewing will be on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m, and the funeral will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m.

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