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Pat was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Daniel A. Saviano and Earline M. Saviano, the oldest of 9 children. He married Vicki Hapke on September 14, 1968. They had two sons, Samuel David born July 23, 1972, and Marc Andrew born September 30, 1975. Pat attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Grade School in Kansas City. His desire to serve others led him to attend St. Vincents College Preparatory Seminary in Cape Girardeau Missouri, the first step to becoming a Vincentian Missionary. Although he did not continue this path, his friendships with his classmates remained strong past his graduation in 1965. The values of St. Vincent de Paul would guide him throughout his life
After High School Pat enrolled in the United States Navy at Olathe Naval Station. He began his college career at Rockhurst University at the same time. Pat pledged the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. His freshman year, Pat met the love of his life Vicki, while singing in a combined Choir with Avila University. They went on to make beautiful music together for over 53 years. Pat was called into active duty during the Vietnam War, serving on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Shangri-La from 1966-1968. He remained on active reserve duty from 1968-1972. He was honorably discharged in the Summer of 1972. He continued his college career at Rockhurst graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and double major in History and Political Science.
Pat was a beloved employee of C & O Electric Sales for almost 30 years. During his years as a Manufacturers Rep for Construction Electrical Supplies, Pat won numerous sales awards. He also shared his knowledge by conducting Training Sessions throughout the Midwest. His colleagues in the electrical business knew Pats word was his bond and would often ask to speak to Pat specifically about their project needs. Outside of work, Uncle Pat was often called on for his expertise by family members for various home electrical projects.
Pats life of service continued through the Boy Scout Program with his 2 sons. He served in every Adult Leadership position from Cubmaster to Scoutmaster. In addition to being a member of the Order of the Arrow, he served as Commissioner at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, and rose to the rank of Sachem in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. Pat also served on many District and Council Training Staffs, Woodbadge and Brownsea staffs, earning the District Award of Merit. Pat was the Chairman of the Catholic Committee on Scouting earning the St. George Award and Bronze Pelican Award. Pat participated in the American Legion as Post Adjutant for Post 598, and was a current member of Post 189. Pat joined the Knights of Columbus in 1993 serving in various committee positions. He was currently a member of St. Elizabeths Council 14163, becoming a Fourth Degree member of the Knights in April 2018.
A fly-fishing enthusiast, Pat was a member of Project Healing Waters, teaching veterans how to tie flies and fish with them on monthly fishing trips. He was also an original member of Frontline Fly Fishing, providing similar opportunities to all "frontline" service people. Pat was a voracious reader, especially of non-fiction and historical fiction war stories. He was known as a walking encyclopedia of all things relating to World History or Political Science. He could identify any plane or ship from the numerous war movies he watched and enjoyed pointing out their inconsistencies with a smirk. For the past 25 years, Pat found great joy in playing Santa Claus, for Boy Scout meetings, Knights of Columbus parties, St. Elizabeth School celebrations and many private parties. His booming "HO HO HO" was like no other. Pat served the St. Elizabeths Parish Community as a Choir member, Lector, and Eucharist Minister. He and Vicki were longtime members of Dinner for 8. Pat was a shrewd Bridge partner and opponent in the Cardlarks Group.
Pat was preceded in death by his son Sam Saviano, sister Diane Smith, brother Tom Saviano, and his parents Dan and Earline Saviano. He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years Vicki Saviano and his son Marc Saviano, and his siblings Mary Rice, Joe Saviano, Karen Anderson, Rick Saviano, Doug Saviano, Marty Saviano, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation and Rosary will be held Thursday, July 7th at St. Elizabeths Church, 75th and Main from 5:30-7:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, July 8th at 10:30 AM also at St. Elizabeths. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Elizabeths, St. Vincent de Paul Fund, Frontline Fly Fishing, or the Veterans Community Project.
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