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Long-time and Beloved Executive Director over Grants and Housing, Sterling Patrick, Passes AwayJuly 23, 2018 – Galveston, TX – It is with a very heavy heart that we must pass on the news of the passing of a long time and beloved member of our team. Sterling Patrick, Executive Director over Grants & Housing.Sterling worked in the community development field for over 35 years in facilitating the provision of housing, public services, and infrastructure projects to assist low-moderate income residents. He had been with the City of Galveston since 1983 and was an integral member of the City’s Executive Leadership Team.He was responsible for the administration, management, and coordination of all aspects of the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnership Programs, CDBG Disaster Recovery Housing Program, CDBG Recovery Fund, HUD Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, HUD Lead Safe Environment Program, and Neighborhood Stabilization Program, grant programs that totaled over $180 million.Under Sterling’s tenure as Executive Director of the Grants and Housing Department, the Department received numerous awards and recognition. Awards included three (3) HUD National Best Practices nominations and four (4) State of Texas John J. Gunther Best Practices Awards for exemplary programs; the Neighborhood Revitalization Program was selected as one of one hundred projects highlighted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors as a “Best Practice”; and the Department has been a recipient of the Galveston Historical Foundation’s Preservation Partnership Award. During Sterling’s administration, no grant programs were sanctioned, suspended, or canceled. No funds have had to be repaid due to any violation of Federal or State requirements or regulations.“This is truly a loss for the entire community and a complete shock to those of us who have known and worked with Sterling for so many years,” stated City Manager, Brian Maxwell.“Sterling has been a friend, peer, and mentor to many of us at the City of Galveston and a man I respected in so many ways,” stated Deputy City Manager, Daniel J Buckley.“Today, the City lost a dedicated and knowledgeable resource that will be missed by all,” said Mayor James D. Yarbrough. “He was an outstanding professional that was respected by so many. Our heart and prayers are with Mary & Kimberly.”Sterling is a third-generation islander. He is married to Mary Patrick, a GISD Administrator and they have one daughter, Kimberly Patrick, who is a first-grade teacher.The City will have UTEAP grief counselors onsite at City Hall in the coming days.Please join City staff in praying for Sterling’s family, friends, and co-workers as we try to grasp this tremendous loss for our City. Arrangements have not yet been made.