Patrick Barrett Mallon

April 28, 1992 - August 9, 2019 Kennett Square, PA | Age 27 His Ultimate Superpower Was His Capacity to Love Others

Patrick Barrett Mallon of Kennett Square, PA, died suddenly on Friday August 9th, 2019 from complications related to undiagnosed heart disease. He was the cherished son of Beth and Jamie Mallon and the beloved brother of Daniel (29), Ryan (26) and Emily (20).

Patrick’s life held so much joy, energy, and excitement. It also had intellect and curiosity. Patrick was passionate about live music and music festivals, especially listening to Phish and the Grateful Dead. He loved reading, history, dancing, and really good tacos. Well, to be honest, Patrick loved cheese steaks, pretzels, chili cheese, and chipped beef on toast too. He was a tremendous Philadelphia Eagle’s fan and proudly wore a Dawkins or Peter’s jersey for every game. Patrick’s family thinks his ultimate superpower was his capacity to love others. He had an enormous talent for honoring friendship and generously supporting the people in his life. Friends and family would also claim that he gave the best hugs in the world.

Patrick was a proud 2010 graduate of Kennett High School where he was a National Honor Society member, National Merit Finalist, and a participant of the Football team, Track and Field Team and Humanitarian Club. While a high school student, he also completed his Black Belt in Tang So Doo. During his graduation ceremony from Kennett, Patrick was both a commencement speaker and recipient of the Corene Amoss Award for Excellence in Social Studies.

Patrick was a John Marshall Scholar at Franklin and Marshall College, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014, with a major in American Studies and a minor in African American Studies. He participated on the Football team and the Rugby team, and was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. At the time of his death, Patrick was attending St. Joseph’s University for a Master’s in Criminal Justice, while simultaneously getting his Board Certification in Behavior Analysis.

Working at the Glen Mills School as a counselor, teacher, and coach, was one of the great joys of Patrick’s life. Until his death, he remained close to the friends he made there and the students he served. When Glen Mills closed in 2019, Patrick accepted a position with the Chester County Intermediate Unit as a Behaviorist at the Learning Center in Coatesville, Pa. This new professional chapter provided Patrick another opportunity to support the behavioral success of adolescent students.

Patrick’s starring role in his own story is over and his 27 chapters are written. Clearly, the story was far too short for such a big personality and generous soul. If you judge a good life by the amount of time, then Patrick’s is going to come up short. Yet, if you define it by any other measures, it seemed that he lived like a king and his story is one for the ages.

People can honor him by extending his generosity and love for others. Donate, vote, volunteer, coach, plant a tree. Do something, anything. Those who loved Patrick are part of the chapters that he wasn’t able to write himself.

Donations in Patrick’s name can be mailed to:

Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center
P.O. Box 834
West Chester, PA 19380-0834

Memorial Donations

Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center

P.O. Box 834
West Chester, PA 19380-0834


  1. Beautiful life, beautiful soul. You were blessed to have had Patrick for 27 years. He was a gift. I wish I had met him, I know I would have been inspired by his spirit and light.

    Cheryl O'Sullivan | May 7, 2020 at 11:48 AM
  2. Even though I only had the privilege of working with him for a few months, it felt as if we were friends for years. He was a man of many talents, and had a heart filled with an abundance of love! The world is a little bit dimmer now, but people who knew Patrick will always feel his radiance!

    Terrance Wingate | April 30, 2020 at 12:25 PM
  3. I am so sorry for your loss. The world lost someone who was already leaving such an inspiringly positive impact. I only knew Pat for about 6 months, but he is someone that I will never forget. He knew how to make quick and strong relationships and I wish we got to see how that would have changed the world. Patrick and his family will always be in my prayers. Please look over us and make sure we don’t stray far from the right path. Stay strong and God bless.

    Chris Sorbicki | April 30, 2020 at 10:30 AM
  4. 1 of the stickers, a picture of Pat
    . that I got from the ‘Celebration of Life Ceremony” I put it on my phone charger, to remind me of the energy & positive force behind such an amazing human being, that I had the honor to know. Seeing you every day in the cafe at GMS , waiting on me to warm up your food container in the microwave, bc no one could go behind the table, I would always say,, you’re going to get me caught lol and Pat would say, Ms Danielle, I got your back, I’ll make sure boss man doesn’t catch I miss my buddy 💕. Thanks family for this platform,🙏🏽💕

    Danielle Haynes | April 29, 2020 at 8:24 AM
  5. What a beautiful tribute to a tremendous man. It was my privilege to work with Pat at Glen Mills and I miss his infectious enthusiasm to mentor and teach the young men in our care. Pat’s devotion to his students made him a role model to other staff members as well. I miss his stories, his laugh and his smile. My heart hurts. I hope in time you will find comfort in your wonderful memories of Pat.❤️

    Mary McNeal | April 28, 2020 at 12:03 PM
  6. This was well worth the wait! You could not have memorialized or captured who Patrick truly is, any better than this!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

    Kate Dougherty | April 17, 2020 at 7:13 PM
  7. Thank you to Beth, Jamie and family for sharing what I believe is the greatest summary ever written of a life well lived and a soul much missed. We share in the pain of your loss but are happy to celebrate the wonderful life that was lived by Patrick. Thanks again for sharing,

    Kevin O’Dowd | April 17, 2020 at 2:47 PM
  8. We still hear Patrick’s voice echoing through the neighborhood, his big personality and generous soul will always be present. Beth, Jamie, Dan, Ryan and Emily…thank you for being such an incredible family and dear friends…we love you guys!!!

    Sean, Amy, Maddy and Brady Reigel | April 16, 2020 at 7:39 AM
  9. Patrick was a gift to all who knew him. He was loved by so many and his memory will live on in each of their hearts. Thank you for raising such an incredible human being. Patrick really was one in a million.

    Meghan Passarelli | April 15, 2020 at 2:51 PM
  10. So sorry for your loss, Beth & Jamie. Beautiful words about a special young man. Hoping you are at peace.

    Kevin Carrabine | April 15, 2020 at 10:12 AM
  11. Big Pat was truly a bright ray of sunshine! I will surely miss his big personality! But rest assured Big Pat has impacted not only students but adults just alike. Rest easy fella and may your family see the delights of your life everyday!

    Coach Trav | April 15, 2020 at 10:02 AM
  12. Patrick was a great person as well a fantastic person. I’m truly sorry that he is gone but he will always be remembered as a great person just to be around when you needed a friend. I miss you buddy. God bless…

    Roosevelt Young | April 15, 2020 at 8:32 AM
  13. What an awesome tribute to such a great man. It was an honor to work with Pat at Glen Mills. His love for others was evident in all that he said and did. His devotion to his students was greatly admired and he was a constant source of joy in his interactions with his peers. He will always be missed. Your family is in my prayers as you go through this time.

    Joe Forwood | April 14, 2020 at 11:25 PM
  14. Beautiful capture of a beautiful soul. I know he’d be proud and humbled all at once. Pat was so many things at once. Much love and gratitude to the people who brought him into this world and who loved him through and through… Carla

    Carla Willard | April 14, 2020 at 10:45 PM
  15. So so sorry to hear of the loss of your son! Saying prayers for you and your family!

    Jim Armstrong | April 14, 2020 at 10:07 PM

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