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October 5, 1948 ~ September 24, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Patrick A. D. Powell, a beloved husband, father, esteemed academic, and accomplished entrepreneur. Patrick left us on September 24, 2023, in San Diego, California, at the age of 74.
Patrick was born on October 5, 1948, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and his life was a testament to dedication, intellect, and unwavering commitment to the pursuit of knowledge.
He graduated with honors from the University of British Columbia in 1971, earning a Bachelor's in Science, majoring in Mathematics, with a minor in Physics and Chemistry. His academic excellence was exemplified by his recognition as a recipient of the Schwartz Prize in 1970.
Patrick had a diverse and storied career, holding positions in both industry and academia. His relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation led him to achieve a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1987, a milestone of which he was immensely proud.
After completing his doctorate, he transitioned to academia, becoming an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota from 1985 to 1990, and later served as a professor at San Diego State University. He shared his knowledge and expertise with countless students, leaving a lasting impact on the academic community.
In 1997, Patrick embarked on a new venture and founded Astart Technologies, where he served as the CEO. Astart Technologies is a private company specializing in Computer and Network consulting, a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit and technological prowess.
Patrick had a deep love for gardening and was an active member of the Rose Society, the Iris Society, and the Geranium Society. He took joy in visiting numerous botanical gardens throughout California, his enthusiasm for nature evident in the vibrant blooms he nurtured.
An avid reader and collector of both books and comics, Patrick had a particular passion for Science Fiction novels. His extensive collection of these literary treasures has found a new home at the El Cajon Library Bookstore, where they will be shared with the world, a lasting testament to his love for storytelling and imagination.
His ever-present smile, even in the midst of spirited debates or friendly arguments, was emblematic of his kind and caring nature. Patrick was a wonderful man, known for his warmth and compassion, and he leaves a void that can never be filled.
Patrick is survived by his loving wife, Monica Powell, and their three sons, Robert, Richard, and Michael Powell. His legacy of kindness, wit, and love will continue to inspire and guide those who had the privilege of knowing him.
A memorial service to celebrate Patrick's life will be held on Sunday, November 5th at 2pm at California Cremation & Burial, 5880 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115.
Patrick's enduring influence and warm spirit will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. His legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of those who had the privilege of sharing in his remarkable journey.