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James Patrick Sewell


James Patrick Sewell, a scholar and gentleman in the truest sense, died in St Catharines on February 5, 2018.  For the past year he had been a resident at Pioneer Eldercare where he received outstanding care and respect.

Pat was born April 5, 1930 in Iowa Park, northern Texas.  The Great Depression impacted his early years, but what he lacked in material items was made up for by his healthy imagination and lifelong love of nature.

After achieving his BA and MA from North Texas State University, Pat attended Columbia Teachers College in New York City.  During the Korean War he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Following his stint in the Navy, Pat pursued his formal education, earning his PhD in political science from the University of California Berkeley.

Pat taught international relations at Yale, Princeton, and Brock University, joining the latter in 1974.  Pat was also a guest lecturer at Columbia, York , and Mount Holyoke College.

Pat is survived by his wife, Judy; son Bret (Christine) and grandchildren William, Georgia and Charlotte of Atherton, California; and daughter Thea of Mountain View, California.  He is predeceased by his son, Gunnar.  His younger siblings survive him:  Michael of Iowa Park, Texas; David (Mary) of Kingsport, Tennessee; and Caroline Minter of Houston, Texas.

A private gathering to celebrate Pa’s life will take place in Plymouth, Vermont.

Pat lived a life of kindness.  In lieu of flowers, please perform an act of kindness in his spirit.


  • Betty Fisher Posted February 14, 2018 8:19 pm

    My sincere condolences Judy to you and your family.on Pat’s death. I’ve missed seeing him for some time now having his little walk in the neighbourhood. He was indeed a gentleman, and hopefully happy memories will bring you comfort at this difficult time. Betty

  • Susan and John Dickson Posted February 14, 2018 10:16 pm

    Dear Judy,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband. Please know that we are thinking about you at this sad time. It was a pleasure spending time with you and Pat over the past few months. Thank you so much for your friendship towards Kae Take care, Susan and John

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