Patrick Allen McCleary

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Patrick Allen McCleary

July 02, 1955 - January 11, 2019

Patrick Allen McCleary Patrick Allen McCleary, 63, of Fairmont passed from this life Friday (January 11, 2019) at United Hospital Center, from complications with heart disease. He was born in Morgantown on July 2, 1955 a son of the late Rollin Glen and Virginia Lee Hunt McCleary.

Pat was a Christian and a member of the Tree of Life Church where he served for fifteen years as the drummer in the worship band. He was a professional drummer and singer and studio musician and played in the bands "Knuckle" and "Steal the Dark". He also taught and refurbished drums. He enjoyed refinishing antiques and coin collecting. He was a member of the musicians union.

Mr. McCleary is survived by his wife of thirty-nine years Mitzi Sue Baker McCleary; his daughter Amber Green of Saltlick, Kentucky; two grandchildren Samuel Izac and Emily Elizabeth Green of Saltlick, Kentucky and his aunt Vera Rankin of Falling Waters, West Virginia

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Michael McCleary and his sister and brother-in-law Nancy Lee and Kevin Yoke.

Friends will be received at the Frey Home For Funerals (Addition Chapel A) 320 Madison St., Fairmont, Saturday, January 19 2019 from 1-3 pm. His memorial service will begin at 3:00 pm with Pastor Bounaito officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at FHFF320@AOL.COM.
Published on January 13, 2019
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Jan 19, 2019


Beverly Craig
Jan 19, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. Pat and Mike were great musicians, loved to hear them play. May they both Rest in Sweet Peace.
Mark and Denise Layman
Jan 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss.
Terri Boyce
Jan 16, 2019
It is sad that you are gone from this world. May you find peace, joy, and kindness in the next. Condolences to your wife, daughter, grandchildren, and friends. Blessing to all .
Kenny Zara
Jan 15, 2019
Pat McCleary is without a doubt, the best drummer I ever worked with! I met Pat back in the 70s when he played with Knuckle and I was with The Adrian-Kross Band. We knew each other professionally for a few years, but the first time I actually got to play with Pat was in 1980 when I was the bass player for Silverstone.

We were playing at the Holiday Inn in Fairmont and we had a full house. During the first set, our drummer, Dave Loss, got extremely sick. He made it through the set, but then had to retire to his room.

So we had a room full of people, four sets to go, and no drummer. Our lead singer, Mark Plummer, who had played with Pat in Knuckle, called Pat who lived in Fairmont, and
...found that Pat wasn't feeling well, either. However, Pat got up, came to the gig and sat in with us the rest of the night without ever having heard us! He pulled it off without a hitch! Needless to say, I was blown away!

Silverstone disbanded soon after, and Dave Spencer and Mike Kimble added Pat McCleary and Mike Hutzel to form Steal the Dark. Denny Vac ran their sound, and Zon Pyles ran lights and did synth programming.

I played in a duo with my brother Fred for awhile before joining the band The Yankees, followed by a few years playing solo. Dave Spencer left and moved to New Jersey and I was asked to join Steal the Dark. I accepted, and played with them for the next eight years. Pat and I also worked together along with his brother Mike in a band called Out of the Blue, and he also worked with me on a few studio projects.

I loved him like a brother and will forever remember his awesome musicianship, sense of humor and his friendship!

All of the former members of Steal the Dark got together summer before last to talk about getting together and recording some new originals but it never came to fruition. I guess it never will now.

I will forever remember practice nights at Mike Kimble's house, all of the fun and comradery! The games of Mean 18. The laughs and smiles! Our Steal the Dark monthly news letter with Pat's "Som Brothers" comic strip.

I will miss you, Pat! RIP, buddy! Say "Hi" to your Mom and Dad, Mike and Nancy! I hope you get to jam with the big boys! You deserve it!

My prayers and thoughts go out to Mitzi and Amber. Please let me know if you need anything!
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Jeanette Thompson
Jan 15, 2019
RIP my friend. Thank you for your music and your smiling face. You were loved and appreciated by all that knew you. Listening to Knuckle was a special time of my life. Rest easy Mr. Knuckle
Penny wayson
Jan 15, 2019
So sorry you are gone I won’t forget your big smile n sense of humor n will miss listening to you play drums you will b dearly missed my friend ❤️
Wilma's Orphans
Jan 14, 2019
So sorry ... my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your father. may he R.I.P.
Jim & Janie Woolfitt
Jan 14, 2019
Mitzi, We're so sorry for your loss. Pat was a great guy. We'll be praying for you.
Vicki Nichols
Jan 14, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Marion County Senior Citizens.
Gary Ward
Jan 14, 2019
I will miss Pat. I remember when Pat, Mike, and I would jam at his house when we were still in high school. I know that he will be missed by all the musicians from the area. Prayers and thoughts to his family.
Kathy Yates
Jan 14, 2019
I used to work with Pat at Presort prayers and deepest sympathy goes to the family
JoAnn Griffith
Jan 14, 2019
So sorry for your loss.
May you find peace knowing that your dad is in a place where there is no more suffering.
Love and Prayers ❤️
Sidney Iverson
Jan 13, 2019
I had the honor of playing music with Pat and his brother Mike in the band Knuckle. They were both so encouraging and positive.
I will always remember Pat’s laugh, warm smile, and sense of humor.
Sending love, light and prayers to his family and friends.
Bill Weaver
Jan 13, 2019
Although I had not seen Pat in years, I considered him one of my closest childhood friends. I first met Pat when we attended Grafton Junior High School together. I was lucky enough tio know his entire family as we spent a lot of time at each other’s home. We were both drummers but he was much better than me. Unselfishly, he taught me how to be a better drummer (still not nearly as good as he was) and eventually I went on to play drums in a band for 15 or so years.
When ever I could, I went to see Knuckle and then Steal the Dark play. Especially when they would play at the old Hickory Inn at the foot of dam in Grafton. He would always greet me like a long lost friend and the stories of ou
...r youth would come alive again.
He always made me laugh...he always made me is comforting to know that I will see again in condolences to his love ones...he will be missed...
Rest in peace old friend...see you again on the other side...
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Skip Mason
Jan 13, 2019
Pat my best friend & fellow musician for the past 30 years. I have been blessed to know you & play music with you & laugh with you! May God bless your soul & Mitzi, Amber, Samuel & Emily as we will all miss you terribly but know that heaven just received a great drummer! God bless my brother.
David Grossman
Jan 13, 2019
A very kind friend and a very fine musician. He will be greatly missed.
Kevin Ford
Jan 13, 2019
Pat was a not just a former band member, he was a mentor, an inspiration, a frequent, yet fair critic, a talented musician who immediately elevated my songs to a level they could never have achieved without his contribution. On a couple occasions, he was alsobthe most frustrating band member I've ever had (ha) mainly because he was so vital, that I got spoiled), but on most every other occasion, he was the most endearing person ever, & on every occasion, the most hilarious! Most of thise times were on purpose, but some no so much. But above all, he was kind, & generous, especially with his talent. He was so good that the need for an ego was laughable. He could hang with the best of the best,... yet have no reluctance to sit and jam w a guitar player who hadn't even played long enuff to have developed a single callous. I know, because I fell closer to the later category. He & Dave Sbarra (then later, w the addition of former Steal the Dark bandmate Dave Spencer, & before that, Steve Paris-a friend of Pat's whom he brought to my band shortly after he moved back here from FL) -they all in essence lowered themselves to my level to lift me up higher than I deserved, & taught me lessons I use to this day. None of those stellar musicians were involved because of me. It was because of Pat. He gave the project credibility. He provided the baseline (no musical pun intended) to assure them that things would always be of a certain quality, regardless of what material I gave them to work with. We weren't always happy with each other, but we never stopped caring about one another, & I am so thankful for that. Above all else, he was a kind & caring friend, & that alone makes me feel honored to have known him, even if we never even played a single note together. That being said, I hope you enjoy today's jam session with Jaco Pastorius, Jon Lord, & Jimi Hendrix. I'll always love you my brother, & I sincerely appreciate all you did for me, my friend. Rest in peaceb"Patipat," you earned it. -KFRead more
Cindy McCutcheon Cramer
Jan 13, 2019
Pat was always the best friend ever to my brother Joe! Save me a seat guys!!! Much love, hugs, and prayers!
Michael Kimble
Jan 13, 2019
Pat was a true friend. So many lessons were learned from him. He made the most of everyday and everything that came his way. It was rare to hear a complaint from Pat. Always a smile and a hearty laugh whenever he was around. I miss him already. Go rest in peace friend.