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Charles "Pat" Cardwell

May 2, 1963 — August 7, 2023

Virginia Beach

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Charles Patteson Cardwell, IV, who left us on August 7, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Charles, known to his friends and loved ones as Pat, was born on May 2, 1963, in Richmond, Virginia.

Pat was a dedicated son, loving father, caring stepfather, spirited baby brother, and passionate husband. He is survived by his cherished wife, Michala, his beloved daughter Alexis Nolin (AJ), and his adored bonus children, Annika, Michael, and Amanda Suh. His memory lives on through his mother, Shirley Cardwell, his sister, Kathy Abernathy (Christopher), his brothers, George Cardwell (Sandy) and Robert Cardwell, in-laws Mick and Susie Sumnick, as well as his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. His devoted dog, Buster, not so favorite dog, George, and sweet senior kitty, Rosie, will also miss him dearly.

Pat's infectious sense of humor and his innate ability to connect with others were qualities that left a lasting impact on everyone he encountered. He approached life with a zest that could light up a room, embodying the idea of living each day as if it were his birthday.

Pat's journey through life was one marked by remarkable achievements and genuine connections. He began his educational journey at Collegiate School in Richmond, where he laid the foundation for a brilliant academic career. He later pursued higher education at the University of Maryland, followed by The Washington College of Law at American University, honing his passion for the legal field.

During his time at the University of Maryland, Pat joined the esteemed brotherhood of Sigma Chi and remained an active and cherished member throughout his life. He was not just a fan, but a fervent supporter of University of Maryland sports, and his enthusiasm for his teams was matched only by his distinct ability to instruct them loudly through the television screen.

Pat had a distinguished legal career. He served as a Judicial Law Clerk at the United States Department of Energy Board of Contract Appeals before embarking on a career as a litigator. As a practicing attorney at Pender & Coward in Virginia Beach, he specialized in franchising business, commercial litigation, government contracts, corporate transactions, and security clearance matters. Pat's dedication and expertise earned him respect within the legal community.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Pat was a man of many passions. He reveled in the exhilaration of Dallas Stars ice hockey and followed Minnesota Vikings football with unmatched fervor. Though he humorously requested a Viking funeral, his practical-minded wife had other plans. He was also a devoted fan of Minnesota Twins baseball, and his presence at games was an embodiment of his genuine love for sports.

In celebrating Pat's life, we remember a man who left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him best. His absence will be felt deeply by all who had the privilege of sharing in his journey. While we mourn his loss, we also celebrate the legacy of a man who showed us the importance of living passionately and connecting genuinely with others. Rest in peace, Pat. You will be greatly missed, but your spirit will live on in our hearts forever.

Services will be held on 3 PM Sunday, August 13, 2023, at Virginia Beach Christian Church, 2225 Rose Hall Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.


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Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Sunday, August 13, 2023

3:00 - 4:30 pm (Eastern time)

Virginia Beach Christian Church

2225 Rose Hall Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

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Monday, August 14, 2023

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