MEDINA — Patrick J. Berarducci, 70, a former supervisory special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and police chief in both Boardman and Medina, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2021, in Medina.
He was born Oct. 2, 1950, in Youngstown, to the late Raymond and Ann Vuletich Berarducci.
Patrick, known by most as “Bear” or “Chief,” lived an inspiring life guided by the principle of “Do the Right Thing” and characterized by his dedication to family and helping others, an immeasurable joy for life, and incredible sense of humanity, passion and dedication in all he pursued.
Bear was bold and never took “no” for an answer, whether on his own behalf or someone else’s, and never met a process or set of obstacles he was not willing to circumvent or change in the course of a worthy pursuit. When bureaucracy stood in the way of him getting hired by ATF, the then-young officer called the White House directly and asked for the president and petitioned his senator to intervene. He was hired.
On his first date with Judith Barrett, he proclaimed they would marry. She threw up many obstacles over the next five years, including dating others and giving Bear many “friends” talks, but Bear married Judy on Jan. 24, 1976.
With Judy, Bear always put family first. His goal was to give their kids more opportunities in life than he had available. He succeeded. Nobody in Bear’s family had graduated college until he did. With his steadfast support and encouragement, Bear’s children achieved advanced professional degrees. His first son, Patrick B., received a law degree, clerked for a top federal appellate court judge (Hon. Alice M. Batchelder) and made what Bear described as the “Super Bowl” of his then-profession by working at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Bear’s daughter, Megan, received two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree to become an acute care nurse practitioner, and made what Bear considered the “Super Bowl” of her profession by working at the top medical institutions in the region, The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital (UH).
When Bear’s second son, Justin (Megan’s twin brother), was born with severe brain damage, Bear navigated a hardship that breaks many families apart by doubling down on his family. He bypassed career promotions to remain close to Justin, who received incredible care and support at Hattie Larlham in Streetsboro. The experience reinforced for Bear a lesson he passed on to his children — that you are only as strong as your “weakest link.” This outlook drove Bear to always try to help others, with one extended family member explaining that “Bear never looked down his nose at anyone unless it was to help them up.”
With their opportunities, both children chose to carry on their Dad’s mission of helping others: Patrick, now Global FinTech co-head at ConsenSys, uses blockchain and “crypto” technology to build a more free, fair and accessible financial system that he hopes will work for everyone, everywhere; and Megan, now a nurse practitioner at UH in the Neurology Intensive Care Unit, treats and helps patients in their most vulnerable and critical times.
Bear also somehow managed to turn his family into a source of strength for work. He had an intense sense of humanity that drove him to go above and beyond in helping the many victims he encountered in decades of law enforcement. But that humanity also meant he felt much more deeply and personally their heartache, especially, for example, the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Oklahoma City bombing. Bear let his family and the power of prayer give him the strength to always find himself and his way home.
Bear ultimately responded to most of the national tragedies of the 1980s, ’90s and early 2000s, and continually found the strength to always think outside the box and doggedly pursue what he believed was right, even when it was not easy. Early in his career,…
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