1943 – 2023


Born Edward Warren King on 17 May 1943 in Washington DC
Entered the Ammendale MD Novitiate on 15 June 1961
Received the Religious Habit and Name Patrick Jeffrey on 7 September 1961
Pronounced Perpetual Vows in Jersey City NJ on 17 May 1968
Died at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center on 10 May 2023

Words of Remembrance for Brother Patrick

Given by Brother Martin Zewe, FSC

Saint John’s College High School
Washington, D. C.
May 17, 2023

On behalf of the Christian Brothers, I would like to express our condolences to Brother Patrick’s sister, Martha, and family members who are with us today and to all who have known and loved Brother Patrick.

Brother Pat was born Edward Warren King on May 17, 1943, in Washington D.C. Today would have been his 80th birthday, and it is also the day we celebrate his entrance to eternal life. Pat graduated from St. John’s College High School in 1961. There he was the Cadet Lieutenant Colonel which showed the respect and leadership qualities he had even then. He entered the Christian Brother’s novitiate in Ammendale, Maryland a few weeks later.

I knew Edward King for three months but knew Brother Patrick King for the next sixty-two years. We both entered the novitiate on the same day in June 1961. We have been friends and have lived together in several communities over these past sixty-two years.

Pat was a quiet and somewhat private man all his life. My first interaction with him, and when I began to get an insight into his character occurred several weeks into the novitiate. One day at morning prayer, he quietly left his pew and proceeded to the front of the chapel, knelt and extended his arms for the entire morning prayer. I was confused. I was not sure if he was having some kind of vision, needed some arm exercises, or just wanted attention. As soon as I could, later in the day, I asked him what that was all about. He said that while he was on dish crew after dinner the previous evening, several pieces of pie were returned to be put away. Since he was still hungry, he ate one of them. The Director somehow found out and made him serve as an example to the rest of us that there was no eating between meals in the novitiate. However, Pat never complained or was upset. He simply said he was wrong, took his punishment, and life went on. That was Pat.

As I looked back over Pat’s life, I began to wonder how to describe him. I found probably the best definition of Pat in the 2015 Hudson Catholic yearbook that was dedicated to him – three years after he left Hudson Catholic. The dedication reads: “Merriam-Webster defines king as: a male ruler of a country who usually inherits his position and rules for life. We at Hudson Catholic define King differently. King is humble, king is honest, king is kind, selfless, quiet, and has unwavering faith in all he does. Of course, we are talking about Brother Patrick King. He has been a teacher, a confidant, a chaperone, a leader, a coach, a bus driver, a tutor, a mentor, a moderator, a friend, and much more. No task is too large or too small for Brother Patrick. He is always willing to give his all. We are eternally grateful for all he has done and all he continues to do for us.” They did not mention that he was also the grand Marshall for the Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day parade several times. We who lived with him would not have known if we had not gone to the parade.

That sums up the Pat I have known for sixty-two years. Everything he did was never about him; it was always for others. He also never dwelled on the past, he never mentioned the many administrative positions he held during those years, Vice Principal, Dean of Students, Principal – he held those positions at several different schools. He was also the Grand Marshall for the Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day parade several times. Again, we who lived with him would not have known if we had not gone to the parade. As I said, it was never about him!

Pat also had a strong faith and lived out his faith every day of his life. I also never remember his missing a single community prayer service or liturgy. He had a strong Catholic faith and actively practiced that faith. He also had a quiet and not too subtle way of letting you know where he stood on matters of faith and the church.

If you knew or lived with Pat in community, you also know that if there was a sports game of any kind on television, you would find him in his favorite chair watching it. If Duke, Notre Dame, or the Washington Nationals were playing, you knew better than to disturb him. I am sure the ESPN station numbers are worn out on the community remote.

Pat was truly dedicated to his students. St. La Salle asks us to “Touch the hearts of our students”. Pat did that. He not only taught, and tutored students but truly touched their hearts. Pat rarely if ever missed a day. True to his nature, Pat was tutoring students up to the day he died. He was truly a son of St. La Salle.

In one of his meditations, St. La Salle tells us “Oh! What joy a Brother will have when he sees a great number of his students in possession of eternal happiness, for which they are indebted to him by the grace of Jesus Christ. What a sharing of joy there will be between the teacher and his students! What a special union with one another in the presence of God!”

I am sure that when Pat entered heaven last Wednesday, and after being welcomed to eternal life by God, St. La Salle welcomed him as one of his faithful sons who had touched the hearts of his students and assured him that he would shine like the stars for all eternity.

In closing I would like to quote one of his former students: “Brother Pat was one of those rare teachers and leaders that literally changed the lives of students. ..not by what he said but by the way he lived every day with humility, kindness, and determination. I would list the many roles and jobs he held, but I I would run out of space. Quite simply, he did it all. I like to think that God ran out of things for him to do and called him home. He needed Brother Pat with Him.”

Pat, may your soul rest in peace along with the souls of all our departed Brothers.
St. John Baptist de la Salle — Pray for us.
Live Jesus in out hearts. – Forever.


Elkins Park PA
La Salle College (scholasticate)

Jersey City NJ
Hudson Catholic High School

Philadelphia PA
West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys

Jersey City NJ
Hudson Catholic High School

Cumberland MD
Bishop Walsh School

Santa Fe NM
Sangre de Cristo Center (renewal – 1st semester)

Washington DC
Saint John’s College High School

Cumberland MD
Bishop Walsh School

Jersey City NJ
Hudson Catholic Regional High School

Washington DC
Saint John’s College High School


Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Visitation – 9.30am to 10.30am

Funeral Mass – 10.30am

Saint John’s College High School
Frana Auditorium
2607 Military Road NW · Washington DC 20015

Reception following

Saint John’s College High School
Cassidy Dining Hall
2607 Military Road NW · Washington DC 20015

Interment – private

De La Salle Cemetery
6001 Ammendale Road · Beltsville MD 20705

Brother Patrick died peacefully on Wednesday afternoon with his family by his side.

The District of Eastern North America remembers Brother Patrick with memorial liturgies according to the tradition of the Institute. Through their prayers, communities and individuals entrust Brother Patrick to God’s loving care.

† May he rest in peace. †