Patrick Michael McShane, a true Irishman and beloved father, grandfather, and friend to many, passed away October 25, 2012, at age 79, at his home in Edina. He is survived by daughter, Molly McShane Kelly, and her husband, Conn Kelly, and granddaughter, Maeve; daughter, Katie McShane, husband, Paul Hyde, and granddaughter, Frankie; sister-in-law, Gwenn Chriss; and other loving family members. Pat was preceded in death by his loving wife, Karen (Chriss) McShane, and daughter, Patricia Karen McShane. Patrick was born January 21, 1933, in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of Francis McShane and Marcella (Koch) McShane. After the family moved to Winona, Patrick entered Winona Cotter School for Boys. Upon graduation from high school, Pat enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. Upon his return from the war, Pat was accepted at St. Mary’s College in Winona, where he graduated with a B.A. Following graduation, Pat traveled to Minneapolis where he began his career at the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota (AGC-MN). While working at the AGC-MN, Pat completed his law degree at William Mitchell College of Law, and in 1969, co-founded Wilson McShane, a Plan Administrator for Taft Hartley trust funds. Pat loyally served his company’s many employees and union clients for the next 34 years until his retirement in 2003. He was proud of the company he co-founded, and passionate about the United States Marine Corps and Notre Dame. Pat treasured his family and loved his daughters, Molly and Katie, his granddaughters, Maeve and Frankie, and his sons-in-law, Conn and Paul. Pat was active in both St. Patrick’s Church and Pax Christie, and often enjoyed both spiritual retreats at Demontreville, in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Some favorite pastimes included skiing in Aspen, golf, hunting, the New York Times Crossword Puzzle and extra olives! Pat was a dear friend to many and a gift to those who knew him. He spent the last years of his life enjoying time with his granddaughters and traveling with his special friend, Shirley Zimmerman.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Edina, Minnesota. Memorials preferred to Catholic Charities or donor’s choice. Billman-Hunt Chapel, 612-789-3535.