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Friends and Family Remember Walnut Creek Resident Patrick Neil Cifor

A memorial service is planned for Thursday.

Patrick Neil Cifor, a resident of Walnut Creek, died Feb. 8 at the age of 50. 

According to Legacy.com, there will be a memorial for Cifor at Hull's Chapel on Thursday at 1 p.m. with his family in attendance. In lieu of flowers, Patrick would have liked donations to be made to the Contra Costa County Food Bank , Red Cross, or the charity of your choice.

Did you know Patrick? Share your memories here. 

Kathryn Reed February 15, 2013 at 10:46 PM
What a tragic loss for me and the rest of my family here. My dear Patrick I'll always love you!! Aunt Kat in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
R Garcia February 17, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Pat is an old friend from Livonia, and I am terribly saddened to hear of his passing. The world is a much less happy place without you, Pat. Ray Garcia
Angela February 19, 2013 at 02:28 AM
When Patrick Cifor died, the Walnut Creek police department conducted a routine investigation. They placed a significant amount of weight on the Medical Examiner’s testimony, who ultimately decided that the cause of death was a suicide because there were no defensive wounds on Patrick’s arms. Patrick Cifor did not commit suicide. Pat Cifor was murdered. How and why is unclear. What is clear is that the police department of Walnut Creek was negligent. They far too quickly ruled Pat’s death to be a suicide without a complete investigation, without sufficient interviews, and without any perspective on Pat’s life, his acquaintances, his friends, and his associates. They failed Patrick, and they failed the community of Walnut Creek. The police of Walnut Creek claim to have conducted an investigation, which was a complete failure because of many staggering omissions. Not a single officer interviewed Patrick’s therapist, his neighbors, his friends, or his business associates. The knife that Patrick allegedly used to stab himself was not sufficiently investigated or finger-printed. Patrick’s body was cremated days earlier than California law dictates. What is happening in Walnut Creek, California? Why is no one questioning what happened? Patrick Cifor was a father, a neighbor, a friend, and—most importantly—a kind-hearted man. Ask questions. Demand answers. Do not let this go away without a fight. Patrick never gave up; do not give up on him.
Bob Brittain February 19, 2013 at 03:07 AM
@ Angela, Unless I am mistaken based upon reading news reports from several sources, Mr. Cifor's death took place in unincorporated Walnut Creek and was investigated by the Contra Costa Sheriffs Department. The Walnut Creek Police Department should not be your target, as they were not involved.
Daphne King February 21, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I am as angry as you are Angela! I agree with all that you said. Police, Sheriff, who gives a shit who did the investigation - THEY WERE NEGLIGENT!!! I called and spoke to the investigating officer and he told me they did a "thorough" investigation and "interviewed all of his friends, colleagues and family members" - he LIED!!! I call bullshit on the "thorough investigation!" I don't even think it's possible to thoroughly investigate a murder that happened Friday evening and call it a suicide at 8AM on Monday morning! LAZINESS and INCOMPETENCE!
anonymous February 22, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Correct Bob!
AJ Buttacavoli February 26, 2013 at 01:00 PM
If there were no evidence of a struggle of any kind and apparently there was not, as painful as it may be to accept, suicide is the only answer. This event occurred just up the block from my residence and even at that distance the matter is painful simply because this is the last place in the world such a thing would happen. But the victim was in therapy and his demons may have been much worse than anyone knew. Only the victim's therapist knows for certain whether or not suicide was an option.
AJ Buttacavoli February 26, 2013 at 01:00 PM
If there were no evidence of a struggle of any kind and apparently there was not, as painful as it may be to accept, suicide is the only answer. This event occurred just up the block from my residence and even at that distance the matter is painful simply because this is the last place in the world such a thing would happen. But the victim was in therapy and his demons may have been much worse than anyone knew. Only the victim's therapist knows for certain whether or not suicide was an option.
Daphne King March 08, 2013 at 01:02 AM
@AJ Buttacavoli...it is clear you did not know Pat or anything about his life.
CNET Activist March 18, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Angela, Your friend was on his three wheeled bike downtown and we talked about the bike - seemed like a normal guy to me. On your theory - I agree it's fishy and there are others that I've been calling "Murder by Suicide" It's becoming nearly impossible to buy onto the endless phony investigations. You reply to my patch account as you want to know about my research. Sorry for your friend and your loss
Barbara Jameyfield Warren March 22, 2013 at 06:01 AM
Hey Walnut Creek- Are missing a nut? I found him. AJ Butt-acavoli is still among you. Seems he is not only a CSI,a forensic whiz,and a demonologist but he can tell you what neighborhoods will be "the last place in the world" such a "thing" would happen. Mr.Know-it-all? What's your take on this therapist thing? Clearly this therapist has all the real answeres about what really happened ,after all according to you, he/she is "the only one who knows for 'certain' just what "options" are available to her/his demonic clientele. Are you crazy AJ? How dare you conduct your own make belive investigation in your head from your residece "just up the block" about the loss of life. If you ever feel that need to investigate another familys heatbreak, I recomend that you muster up what respect for other people as you can squeeze out of yourself to call YOUR next "victim" by thier name, in this case Patrick Cifor. R.I.P Patrick-Your cousin Barbara Jameyfield Warren

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