This article first appeared in the Nantwich Town match programme.
Photographs: Jonathan White
On Tuesday evening James Patrick Smith, or to the majority of us Pat or Postman Pat (due to his long service in the Royal Mail), sadly collapsed in Ebenezer’s and unfortunately passed away.
Pat was quite simply a Dabbers hero, a legend and a very lovely and kind gentleman. Nantwich Town and the town that he lived in meant so much to him.
Pat has watched Nantwich Town up and down the country for as long as anyone can remember, and he very rarely missed a game, even to his last game at Witton Albion on Monday afternoon.
Pat would often be found in his programme hut near the turnstiles selling many a programme or a 50/50 raffle ticket. His work was never over before the game though, as he would then head up to the top of the Swansway stand where he would help Steward the main door into the Bar.
Pat also had a lot of connections in the town, trying to find ways to help the club no more so than through Edencroft wines, where Pat continually secured bottles of wine for the NTISA Player of the Month awards. It will only be apt that August’s award will be awarded in his honour after the game. He also secured sponsorship from Ableworld for the Disabled Stand built by the NTISA.
Folk like Pat are hard to find, not only as a volunteer but as genuinely wonderful person, he had time for everyone whether you knew him or not (as many a visiting supporter have been commenting on in the last couple of days).
One of his other passions for life was whiskey, he really was whiskey connoisseur and he has certainly sampled many a top whiskey (especially in his sneaky hip flask!!!. It wasn’t uncommon for Pat and his best friend Roy Tilley to have a wee dram on the way home from an away game to celebrate another Dabbers victory, and on the rare occasion I wasn’t driving he even allowed myself to have 1 with him on the way home!
Quite frankly Pat lived life the way he wanted to and that is the way it should be.
Pat everyone at Nantwich Town and the town of Nantwich will sorely miss you, and we will honour you at the ground with a minute applause before the match.
Details are Pat’s funeral have not yet been arranged yet, and they will be announced in due course.
Pat had planned to celebrate his birthday on Wednesday 8th September in Ebenezer’s, so we are continuing in his plan to have an unofficial wake instead and everyone is welcome from 7.30pm.