Francis C. “Pat” Poncy, 1925-2010

Poncy, Francis C. (Pat)

July 26, 1925–May 7, 2010

Beloved husband, father, uncle, died after a series of illnesses and a long decline. A resident of Sisters, Oregon, he had recently moved to The Heights, a Redmond, Oregon assisted-living home where he seemed to improve, but failed within days, at the age of 84.

Pat was born in San Bernardino, California, the youngest of nine children, all now deceased, to Clarinda [Mandeville, b. Montreal, Canada] and Paul Poncy [b. Martinique, FWI], a machinist for the Santa Fe Railroad. In 1944 Pat married Margie Ann Thompson, with whom he had two daughters, and who passed away in 1987. In the 1950s he was a patrolman for the San Bernardino Police Department, on a walking beat, and later, on motorcycle. He built clocks, stereo cabinets, furniture, models, as hobbies. In the 1960s he lived and worked in Los Angeles and Orange counties in the construction industry, participating in the building of the Los Angeles freeway system and other landmarks. In the 1970s he was an avid CBer, “The Old Timer.” He lived in Comfort, Texas in the 1980s, until Margie died. In 1988 Pat married Mary Agnes (Bahner) and settled with her in Sisters. Their retirement years included wintering in Arizona, enjoying the warm weather, and visiting his daughter’s home near Pioneertown, California.

Pat was a jovial and kind man, a kid-magnet who loved every little one he ever met, and they were drawn to him. He had great affection and compassion for animals. In younger days he was a gregarious and generous friend who loved to entertain–he was the life of every party. He loved automobiles, especially classic Ford Mustangs, and was a whiz mechanic before cars got computers. He could fix anything.

He is survived by his dear and caring wife Mary, two loving daughters, Patricia Ann Poncy of Los Angeles and Shelley Lee Poncy of Seattle; nieces Denise, Deborah, Lisa and Therese (all nee Poncy), and nephews Duane, Michael and Paul Poncy. Other neices and nephews include Suzanne, Stephen and Rebecca of Texas, Jerry, Dan, and Karen of Arkansas, Jack and Ron of California, and Jeannette and Kathy of Oregon. Sisters-in-law Hazel Poncy and Helen Thompson live respectively in Bend, Oregon and Hope, Arkansas. He will be remembered fondly by all these, and by his daughters’ spouses, Timothy Isham and Russell Hodgkinson, and by many other friends.

In his decline Pat suffered greatly, but he continued to maintain a certain irrepressible joie de vivre. In the final days his wonderful Hospice caregivers referred to him as “a charmer.” Although he is now at rest and free of suffering, his absence in the world will be sorely felt by his family and friends.

Services will be held at St Edward’s Catholic Church, Sisters, Oregon, on Monday, May 24th, at 11:00 in the morning.

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