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On Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 6:07 a.m., Pat Smith was among the 49 passengers killed when the Comair flight crashed on takeoff from Bluegrass Airport in Lexington.

Pat had served as President of Lexington Habitat for Humanity in previous years and remained an active member of its Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity International.

Pat organized multiple HabitPat and Jimmy Carter 240x300at missions to Ghana, South Africa, Mexico, Northern Ireland, India and Sri Lanka (where he served the tsunami victims). He was headed to the U.S. Gulf Coast on that fateful Sunday morning to continue helping Hurricane Katrina victims rebuild. He did all of this as a volunteer – recruiting and organizing workers, raising funds, managing the build process.

Thousands of people are in safe, decent homes today as a direct result of Pat Smith’s tireless and selfless work.

Pat was a remarkable man, with a wonderful, close-knit family. He found goodness everywhere and continually found opportunities to serve those in need – without drawing attention to himself.

Pat cannot be replaced. His heart, soul and passion were simply too great to replicate. We cannot lose his memory, though, and we must carry on his work to the best of our ability.

To accomplish that goal, the leadership of Lexington Habitat for Humanity, with the support of Pat’s family, established the Pat Smith Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund to honor his legacy. The fund sponsors a home annually and provides scholarships for international Global Village missions to build Habitat homes in other countries. Individual and corporate contributions to the Endowment Fund along with an annual golf tournament help ensure this generous support continues.

To learn more about the Pat Smith Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund call (859) 252-2224 or contact us at