In his 24 years of life, John expressed his passion for the outdoors and beauty of Benzie County.
The endowment in his memory was established in 1993, allowing his spirit to live on through grants supporting environmental education in Benzie County communities and preserving his passion for generations to come.
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The Patrick J. Carroll Memorial Endowment exists to further Patrick’s legacy of loving without reservation, courageously facing challenges without complaint, and appreciating the beauty of the present moment. The Endowment is a donor-designated fund to provide an annual grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan that will support cultural and musical experiences for children. Grant awards are to benefit children and their families that are involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWMI programs. Initially, preference will be given to support participation in SEEDS School of Rock music camp and Earthwork’s “Family Weekend” and “Harvest Gathering”. Support of participation in new or additional programs and/or with other entities that are focused on cultural and musical experiences may also be considered on an ongoing basis.
Although his earthly time was short, Patrick lived a full lifetime in 26 years. He had an indelible spirit that characterized his work as a sound engineer, musician, music producer, social worker, basketball’r, beloved son, brother, nephew, friend and true love. Patrick electrified people with his wit, humor, talent, generosity and his open heart. He disarmed people with his honesty. Patrick’s legacy lies in the continually growing community of people cultivating their “best selves” in awe of, and in solidarity with Patrick.
Patrick was born with Cystic Fibrosis, however, having a fatal disease never deterred him from pursuing his life goals. Patrick was determined and tenacious in the pursuit of his passion for people, music, family and living each day to the fullest. Patrick was characterized by goodness, honesty, resiliency, and the desire to help others fulfill their dreams. He was fortunate to receive the gift of new life in the form of a bi-lateral lung transplant in 2007. Following this, he completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from Western Michigan University. He also worked full time as a sound engineer, and produced his solo album “Glow in the Dark.”
Patrick released his debut album, “Glow in the Dark” (Earthwork Music) on May 21, 2013. According to Seth Bernard, the founder of Earthwork Music, “‘Glow in the Dark’ is epic, gorgeous, heart-opening, tender, powerful and absolutely brilliant.”
Unfortunately, Patrick passed away from complications of Cystic Fibrosis on Friday, May 31, 2013 while awaiting a second double lung transplant during his national CD Listening Party Tour, launched independently by his community. This CD release tour continues in Patrick’s honor, bolstering love and closure to a heart-warming, ten-month campaign that rallied around Patrick during this period of lung rejection and illness.
All proceeds from Patrick’s CD and Frisbee will go directly to the Patrick J. Carroll Memorial Endowment.