On November 16, 2022 after sustained illness, our most beloved father, grandfather, husband, friend, and colleague, Pat Bridwell, left us at age 81 to rejoin the love of his life, Jan. Although we do and will continue to miss him dearly here on Earth, we are eternally grateful to have received the gifts of his presence and love. We will honor him and hold him close in our hearts each day and forevermore.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall St., Shreveport, Louisiana. Visitation services will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, December 2, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to service time. Burial will be held at Forest Park West Cemetery in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Pat was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana by C.C. (Charles Carbon) and Nedra Bridwell. Pat graduated from C.E. Byrd High School and joined the U.S. Army in 1962 to serve overseas in France as a dental assistant. In 1963, he married his high school sweetheart and perfect match Jan, whom he loved and adored as spouse for 42 years until her death in 2004. Jan and Pat raised their daughter, Melissa, between Irving, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana where they ultimately settled and where he built and owned Bridwell Sheet Metal for many successful years. Upon retirement, Pat relocated to Crystal Beach, Texas where he resided with his companion Connie Hailey until spending his final years at his daughter Melissa’s home in Redondo Beach, California. Pat had a deep and strong connection with beaches and water throughout his life.
Pat is remembered and well known among family, friends, and peers for his devotion to family, hard work, industrious spirit, living life with a bit of mischief and a twinkle in his eye, kindness, gentleness, and generosity. He has selflessly served as supporter, mentor, and earthly hero to colleagues, loved ones, and especially his granddaughter, Morgan. He was most recently heralded in family circles as “the Mayor of Riviera Village,” his local neighborhood, due to his instant friendships, charm, and warm connections with others.
He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Ginsburg and husband, Jeff, and granddaughter, Morgan McCann.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Brain Support Network, (https://www.brainsupportnetwork.org).