Patrick Hilary Price
(1928 - 2012)

Patrick Hilary Price

Oregon, United States of America
February 1, 1928

California, United States of America
August 5, 2012

Sailing, his dogs, family, music, good food and interesting conversation.
This site is dedicated to our dad, Patrick Price, aka Pop, Pat, Skipper, Skip, and Grampie. We hope you will share your stories, memories and pictures with us - it helps us feel him close.

Patrick Hilary Price, age 84, was surrounded by his family in Pacific Grove, CA when he died on August 5, 2012 due to complications following open heart surgery.

Born February 1, 1928 in Coos Bay, Oregon, to Frank and Genevieve Price, Pat was raised on the family farm in Sunny Valley, OR along with his sister and five brothers. He attended high school in Grants Pass, where a visiting Benny Goodman inspired his love of jazz.

Pat studied architecture at the University of Oregon in Eugene after serving as an air traffic controller in the Navy. He married Jean Roberts of Danielson, CT, and together they raised four children in a rambling old house in Mill Valley.

After college, Pat moved to San Francisco where he dedicated 37 years to San Francisco Federal Savings and Loan Association until his retirement as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board in 1990.

A passionate sailor, Pat (“the Skipper”) was a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club, and was influential in introducing many to the joys of sailing.

Pat will be remembered for his love of art and music, especially jazz, opera and the symphony, and his many accomplishments due to his out-of-the-box thinking.

He cherished his children and grandchildren, his family, close friends, and two Vizsla companions.

He was a true renaissance man who loved life and lived it on his own terms. Family and friends have many fond memories of sailing adventures with Pat in the San Francisco Bay, Pacific Northwest, Mexico and the Caribbean.

His kindness, generosity and storytelling abilities were appreciated by those who knew him (his lengthy political discourses were received with mixed reviews).

We will miss his playful sense of humor, witty repartee, wise guidance, all-encompassing hugs, and the mountainous portions of ice cream he doled out after dinner.

He is dearly loved and missed by his four children, Hilary Price of Pacific Grove, CA, Cindy Fortner of Mystic, CT, Bryan Price of Scottsdale, AZ, and Julie Price of Ukiah, CA; his six grandchildren, Daniel, Carmen, Kelsea, Amber, Jordan and Madison; brothers Frank, David and Jerry; and his two dogs, Szyttia and Bella.

His brothers Richard Price and Stephen Price, and his sister Phyllis Russell preceded him in death.

Pat will be returned to his beloved San Francisco Bay in a private celebration of his life.

Donations in Pat’s name can be made to the Animal Friends Rescue Project at

A special thanks to the ICU team at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for their compassionate care of our father, and to dear family friend, Istvan Matej, for his continuing friendship and support at the end.

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Today would have been Dad's 86th birthday. I'm grateful for the fresh and detailed memories of Dad that I reflect upon daily. He never made a big deal of his birthday, probably due to the horrific breakfasts' we used to cook then deliver to him in bed when we were kids.

It was exactly one year ago today that our family released Dad's ashes on what was simply the most gorgeous day I had ever witnessed on the San Francisco Bay. A warm, clear day with water like glass on February 1st in the San Francisco Bay...? Divine Intervention, without a doubt.
Bryan Price (son)
February 1st, 2014
After watching Bryan on TV accepting his new role as Manager of the Cincinnati Reds, I could only imagine how excited Pat would be. Good luck Bry and much success (except against the Cards). Your dad was one of the best friends anyone could have.
Bob & Nancy Bartell (Friends and sailing buddi)
October 27th, 2013
It was one year ago today that Dad passed. In the year since, I have had the good fortune of hearing from many relatives, friends and associates of Dads' that have offered stories and recollections of him; stories of simple kindnesses, generosity, thoughtfulness and humor. But more than anything, these stories validated what I always knew about Dad; he was genuine and unassuming. A gentleman. A good father, a good brother and son. He enjoyed nothing more than to see those he loved, worked with and respected, succeed. He revelled in the successes of others like no one I've ever known. He understood the value and importance of hard work and a job well done. Dad's life was a best-selling story that one could only learn about through his friends and family. The sense of loss is still strong, but the gratitude I feel for having him in my life has never been stronger. You are missed, Pop, by so many. Bry
Bryan Price (Son)
August 5th, 2013
So sad to see that Pat has passed, but really enjoyed seeing all of the pictures of the family. I wouldn't have recognized Cindy, Bryan or Julie, but I couldn't miss Jean and Hilary's wonderful smiles!

I remember sailing on the SF Bay with Pat and Hilary (among others) on Opening Day in 1974 or 1975 - what a crazy and fun time that was (& I still have the picture to prove it)!

Fair winds and following seas to you, Pat...
Mary-Grace (Crow) Calosso (friend of Hilary's)
January 28th, 2013
Pat always loved cars, but he was not always good to them. During WWII the family car was a 1937 half ton Chevy pickup. He "totaled" it--twice! Once on a dark rainy night against the side of a huge black workhorse at probably 60 mph (no injuries- I was passenger). Again(same place) went to sleep coming home late at night-- into a drainage ditch,rolled upside down hit a big rock--flipped end over end and stopped on wheels facing backwards! (Jerry and I as passengers-- no seat belts, no serious injuries) But I guess he got it over with as I know of no other accidents.
Brother Dave
David Price, Sr (Younger brother)
October 7th, 2012
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"Thank you Pat for the most amazing sailing day of my life on the San Francisco Bay with Roger. And for all the times we sat on the back of the boat and shared stories. Miss you both."
Charlene Kennerknecht
August 13th, 2012
"We have wonderful memories of times and laughter together over the past 30-some years. We miss our sailing and travel buddy, but you'll be in our hearts always."
Nancy & Bob Bartell
August 11th, 2012
"Dad, I miss you. I find emptiness in my days but remind myself of how blessed I've been to have you for 50 years. You are the most honest, authentic person I've ever known. I love you and only wish I'd have told you more often."
Bryan Price
August 10th, 2012
"To the Man of the Sea, here's to you a parting glass, a toast for a job well done."
Terri Selig
August 9th, 2012
"Hey Unc, I will be out on the Bay soon for the Big Boat Series where it all started for me when I was 10. Thank you for introducing the sea to me and starting a passion that is part of my life and living. I love you. You are in my heart and soul."
Jeffrey Price
August 9th, 2012
"Pop, wherever you are, I hope there is ice cream."
Hilary Price
August 9th, 2012
"Pop, I hope your sails are full and the dolphins are jumping and you can see us all loving you and appreciating all you've given us. I love you, Pop. Visit me sometime if you can."
Julie (Jules) Price
August 8th, 2012
"To the light in all Yours will continue to burn bright in the eyes and hearts of all you've touched!"
Istvan (Skip) Matej
August 8th, 2012
"For my Grampie...."
Raven (Carmie) Price
August 8th, 2012


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