It is with heavy hearts that we at SME Inc of Seattle say good-bye to our colleague, friend, coach and mentor, Pat Ellwood. His unexpected passing on August 14th has shaken us and we are just beginning to fully realize the void his passing will create in this company and the construction industry of Washington, but most of all, in the lives of everyone who has known him.
Pat joined our company in 1992 when it was still Steve Marvich Electric. Because of Pat’s extensive knowledge in the industry and experience as a former business owner of JDM Electric, he helped transform our small electrical company into the successful commercial, residential, and industrial electrical contractor we are today. He helped us grow and prosper during our good years and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us during our lean times.
The contributions Pat made to the electrical construction industry in Washington are both deep and broad. He was the driving force behind the creation of vocational and apprenticeship training programs for open shop electricians. His commitment to providing training opportunities to non-union electricians (and other construction trades) was realized in the creation of CITC, the Construction Industry Training Council of Washington, in 1985. Pat is considered one of CITC’s founders and the school’s values are also a reflection of Pat – We build relationships first, and then we build your workforce. Pat’s success in life and work was because he built relationships first – we are all standing on the shoulders of this incredible man.
Last year, Pat partially retired as VP of Construction of SME, to enjoy his family and hobbies of hot rods and golfing. But he continued to work on industrial projects for us – the kind of work he truly loved to do. With 50+ years as an electrician, Pat has forgotten more than most of us will ever know. He believed strongly in training and coaching – both industry-wide and in our company. Former and current SME employees point to Pat as a driving force in helping them advance in this industry. He was a dependable source of knowledge and a source of support and reinforcement for countless people. We will miss Pat’s wisdom, inspiration, unique perspective and most of all, his positive supportive presence.
CITC’s 30th Graduation Anniversary, June 19, 2015. https://youtu.be/yObP4ullbhM (See Pat @ ~4:00 in)
Mel Urbanozo, colleague to Pat at SME Inc of Seattle – Personal tribute to our friend and mentor Pat Ellwood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JCEc82dfqo