Patrick Joseph


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Patrick Joseph Gilday

Mar 17 1936 - Mar 17 2005

Patrick was born March 17, 1936 in Racine, Wisconsin to John and Gertrude Gilday. He passed away at Plano Medical Center on March 17, 2005 due to complications from cancer. He attended St. Catherine’s High School in Racine and, upon graduation in 1954, he entered the United States Marine Corp. He served as a naval aviator, was stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina and Atsuka, Japan and achieved the rank of captain. In 1959, he married Mary Judith Kviatkofsky of Racine at St. Rose’s Catholic Church in Racine. He joined the FAA in 1959 as an air traffic controller at Columbus, Ohio. In 1966, he and his family moved to Dallas when he was hired as a pilot for Braniff International. He worked for Braniff as a co-pilot and later as a captain flying Boeing 727 and 747 aircraft, until they ceased operations in 1982. He then rejoined the FAA as an air traffic controller and worked at both Love Field and Addison Airport. He later worked as an FAA air safety inspector at DFW Airport until his retirement in 1996. He was an avid Dallas Stars and Texas Tornado fan and enjoyed skating at the Plano ice rink. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his sisters, Carolyn, Margaret, and Mary; and his daughter, Kathryn Shiels. He is survived by Mary Gilday, his wife of 46 years, of Plano; his daughter, Elizabeth Gilday of Dallas; his daughter and her husband, Jennifer and Robert Houghtlin, of Frisco and two grandsons, Andrew and Mitchell Houghtlin, also of Frisco. He is also survived by his brother and his wife, Raymond and Claire Gilday of Plainfield, New Jersey and various cousins, nieces and nephews. At Patrick’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. An Irishman to the core, he chose St. Patrick’s Day to enter and to depart this world. Please remember him by lifting a glass in his honor. Semper Fi, Pat!
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