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Plymouth Pillars, music, and good dogs — Goodbye to the Mayor of Melrose

Jones in 2011 (Image: CHS)

Friends, family, and City of Seattle officials are remembering Patrick Jones, the “Mayor of Melrose,” and his outsized work dedicated to a small area of the city.

Jones died last week reportedly in his sleep. He was ready to turn 61 this summer.

Jones, with his story of recovery from addiction as a former Marine and hitting rock bottom before arriving in Seattle with almost nothing, is remembered for his dedication to the neighborhood near his Capitol Hill Housing home around Melrose Ave where he made it a point to be a friend to nearly every type of person — and good dogs, too.

Over the years, Jones served as steward of the Plymouth Pillars off-leash dog park, and helped contribute to community groups, while organizing neighborhood efforts including the Melrose Project dedicated to championing issues around street and public safety. When Melrose Ave’s new “Poem Dazzle” community crosswalks debuted, Patrick Jones, of course, was one of the first people to let CHS know.

His biggest work of neighborhood love — and his most frequent inspiration for another email to CHS to keep us up to date on his projects — was the creation of the Concerts at the Columns music series. Later dubbed Random Acts of Music, the summer series brought musicians and bands to the public space at the intersection of Boren and Pike overlooking downtown. It took an incredible effort from Jones to keep up funding and a schedule of performers across the eight years of music he created at the base of Capitol Hill.

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9 thoughts on “Plymouth Pillars, music, and good dogs — Goodbye to the Mayor of Melrose

  1. this is incredibly sad news. Patrick was a special human and gave so much to his immediate surroundings

  2. Hello Mary,

    Thank you for reaching out with the info. Im sorry I will be unable to attend.
    Patrick was the nicest man in all of Seattle who strived to improve our neighbourhood and community. He was a kind friend to all, and especially dogs. His smile and conversations will be very missed on our daily walks.

    Paul Evans

    • Hi Paul, thank you so much for your kind words. It is very much appreciated by me, and my family. Mary Anne

      • Hi Mary Anne, I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Patrick lived down the hall from me at The Villa apts. Our little dog, Bug, was Rex’s brother. Patrick was kind enough to put us in touch with Rex’s former owner & was able to get us Bug for free. Bug & Rex often played with each other & Patrick & I would borrow dog food from each other. He is missed. I don’t know if you have any contact with Chuck, who took Rex & Duncan, but I talked to Rex & Bug’s original owner, Clark Templeton, to tell him about Patrick & he said that he would take Rex back. I heard that Chuck was looking for a home for the dogs. Clark Templeton is on Facebook – you could leave him a message there or you can contact me & I will give you his phone number. Again, I am very sorry for your loss – and Patrick will be missed!

  3. For Patrick’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I was one of Patrick’s neighbours and we had many enjoyable evenings visiting on the patio. Patrick did so much for this neighbourhood, he will be so missed.

  4. Patrick was a good man, his care for the dog park is already missed. Just a couple weeks before his passing, he gave me a brand new pair of boots. And previously he had given me a jacket, and shown me around his apt. Nice silver spoon collection from around the world. I appreciated his care for others. He will be missed.

  5. Patrick is sorely missed and loved.

    We met in the Seattle rooms of recovery back in the 90s and became instant friends. Both of us, ex-NYers- we loved the shared history. He had a friend of some 30 or 40 years back there in NYC (Reggie?) who he often joked was above and beyond any of his west coast friends. He repeatedly said, “most of my friends here don’t have 30 years or so to get to know me.” Me, I only had maybe 20 or so.

    I called him from Mexico in July and when the message went off that his number was out of service; my heart sank.

    I was also his former partner’s nurse when our friendship had became even more solid during the AIDS epidemic. Doug and he are surely dancing together again in the heaven’s. Or just maybe, Doug is still chasing the irascible PATRICK with his baseball bat? (That was ALWAYS a Patrick joke.)

    Rest in peace my friend-