Obituary for Patrick Michael Lanahan

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Patrick Michael Lanahan

June 28, 1961 - July 13, 2019

On Saturday, July 13, 2019, Patrick Michael Lanahan, loving father of two children, died in Galena, Ohio at the age of 58 after a long struggle with multiple myeloma.  Patrick was born on June 28, 1961 in Youngstown, Ohio to Richard and Nancy Lanahan (Bugby).  He graduated with honors from Ohio Dominican University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983.  He went on to complete all the course work required for a Masters of Arts degree at The Ohio State University.  Patrick received his law degree from Capital University in 1995 and was licensed to practice law in 1996.  Patrick’s career was dedicated to helping others.  Before his death, he was the President of Health and Human Services Consulting, LLC where he worked with local agencies to improve efficiencies with their public programs.  He was a Partner with Technical Services Collaborative of Boston and headed up the New Albany, Ohio office.  Patrick served under governors Celeste, Voinovich, Taft, Strickland and Kasich. He was the Deputy Director for the State of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.  Prior to that he was an associate with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLC practicing healthcare law.  He worked as the Deputy Director for the Ohio Department of Human Services, Office of Medicaid, where he helped manage the nation’s fifth largest Medicaid program, led a senior management team in the implementation of federal and state regulations and served as chief of the Bureau of Medicaid policy.  Patrick represented the state before the Health Care Financing Administration and served as a project officer for Ohio’s Section 1115 Waiver.  He also served as an assistant chief with the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction services.   Patrick wrote and published numerous whitepapers directing policy on subjects including Medicaid, mental health and addiction.  He received numerous awards over the course of his career.  Patrick was a child prodigy of music.  He composed music which came from his soul.  He loved the theater and won awards in college for acting.  Patrick loved to paint.  He loved to cook.  Creative expression was a necessity.  Patrick was preceded in death by his father, Richard, and his brother, Richard.  He is survived by his children, Liam and Kathleen, his mother, Nancy Bugby, stepfather, Robert Bugby, sisters, Colleen Caskey and Maureen Thomas, nephews and niece, A.J. Caskey, Shannon Lorenbeck and Aidan Thomas, and his former spouse, Jennie.  Thanks to Dr. Yvonne Efebera, M.D. and her staff at the James and Dr. Donald Mack, M.D. and Nurse Mike Milburn with Heartland Hospice.  A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, July 26th 2:00 pm at the Shelter House at Whetstone Park in Columbus, OH.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heartland Hospice or the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus.


A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, July 26th 2:00 pm at the Shelter House at Whetstone Park in Columbus, OH.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heartland Hospice or the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus.

Tawanna Addison-Goodine posted on July 25, 2019

Hi Maureen, this is Tawanna Addison. I was Patrick's administrative assistant at ODADAS and Medicaid. I will miss him, especially his wit and creativity. We remained friends and always kept in touch. Praying that God will give your family peace and comfort during this time of bereavement. He was a wonderful, caring and giving person. I'll always have great memories of him. He is one of my heroes. Rest in peace Patrick, rest in peace.

Patty Perrotta Van Fossan posted on July 19, 2019

Patrick has been an inspiration to all who have had the pleasure of knowing a man with so much determination to provide assistance and care to all in need. A great mind and soul, filled with the ability to help others, at all times. Thank you God for the gift of Patrick in our lives! My love for this family will live on forever! ❤️

Sidney Bernheim Grant posted on July 17, 2019

"I JUMP FOR JOY!" How many (wonderful!) times did Patrick remind us of this...such courage in the face of adversity! I met Patrick and Easton Mountain, enjoyed meaningful connections and conversations with him. I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has transitioned to a realm of beauty and bliss that welcomed his triumphant Spirit with open arms and loving acceptance. In fact, acceptance was a mantra of his that will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of all those who knew and loved this unique and beautiful soul, Patrick Michael Lanahan. May his memory be for a blessing! — Sidney Bernheim Grant

Renee Davis Wittman posted on July 17, 2019

We were all blessed to know Pat as our lives crossed paths with his life path.

Hope Goldstein posted on July 17, 2019

Maureen My sincere condolences to you are your family. Your brother sounded like a magnificent individual with such a filled life albeit cut too short. You are very lucky to have had him in your lives! Hope Goldstein

Mercedes Johnson posted on July 16, 2019

Patrick May you Rest In Peace! And may the angelic harps play your favorites tunes as you are greeted in heaven! We will miss you so much! Prayers for the family and that may be consoled with peace!🙏

Barbara Edwards posted on July 16, 2019

Remembering Patrick's love of family, commitment to public service, and joy in the simple gifts of life. His ability to live every day with gratitude, despite facing so many challenges, was a wonderful gift that he shared. He made a difference. My condolences to his family and all his friends.


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