Patrick Nicholas Rider

January 15, 2002 ~ March 6, 2011

Patrick Nicholas Rider, age 9, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2011.

He was born January 15, 2002. Patrick embraced his cancer with a childlike spirit. He was able to persevere because of his faith in Jesus Christ. He never complained and endured all that came his way. Living a holy life, he was such a happy child and loved life and everyone he came in contact with. Patrick lived life to the fullest, finding joy in all he did and laughing as often as he could. He loved sports and the outdoors, especially baseball. A third grade student at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School, he was a member of the Rosary Club, Chess Club, and Boy Scouts of America. Patrick will be missed so much by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his parents, Dr. Shaine Rider and Claire both of Lake Charles; his maternal grandparents, Ernest and Betty Dimaline of Missouri City, TX; his paternal-grandparents, James "Jim" and Priscilla "Pris" Rider of Lake Charles; his aunts and uncles, his Godfather, Blaine Rider and wife, Melise, Kayla LeJeune and husband, John, Cassan Tokars and husband, Tom, Tonya Estes and husband, David, and Neal Rider; and his Godmother, Lisa Duncan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011, at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Msgr. Jace Eskind and Father Danny Torres will officiate. Burial will follow in Prien Memorial Park under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home beginning Thursday, March 10, from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and again on Friday, March 11, from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. A rosary and scripture service will be prayed Thursday evening at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made in Patrick's memory to The ICCS Building Fund, 1536 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA, 70601.

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  1. Claire Shaine, I will always remember Patrick at Amy Terry's wedding in Houston. He was so full of life, the cutest little boy entertaining all of the bridesmaids. Our hearts are heavy knowing your loss. We pray for your family and Patrick. We know he is an angel in Heaven.Elizabeth Chris Cearley

  2. Claire Shane,My heart is breaking for what I can only imagine you are going through. I pray you find peace in the fact that you will see him again in heaven. I pray that God's love surrounds you so tangibly that you can almost literally feel His arms around you. I know that yall are strong believers and that God will give you the grace you need to get through this unbelievably difficuly time. Claire, I wish I would have kept in touch better after we moved from LC…you are such a precious friend to me, and I have such great memories of you and Patrick at all the birthday parties and play dates we had. I am always here for you…whatever you need. love, Amy

  3. Dear Betty, Ernie, Claire Shane:We remember in scripture when God says And lo, I am with you always. At this most difficult time, seek Him for strength, courage and perseverance to press onward. Pat and I love you so much and are praying for you. We are so saddened by your loss. Peace be with you.Pat Lana Kowalski

  4. Dear Claire family, My heart is saddened by your loss of Patrick. Please know our love prayers are with your whole family.Zandy Benefield

  5. Dear Rider family, We were saddened to hear of your sweet boy's passing. Although we didn't know him personally, we knew several members of your family and share your pain as much as we can not having experienced a loss such as this ourselves. We have kept you in our prayers for the last few months and will continue to do so in the months ahead. James and Jerri Bushnell

  6. Dear Shaine and Claire, I'm so sorry for your loss of your beautiful son. I don't have words to express my sympathy, and my prayers. I have prayed daily for Patrick for years, and I know he is in Gods arms now. I truly touched by the faith of your family. Your love is so special. God bless!

  7. Dear Shaine and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It's difficult to wrap our minds around why God would call one of our little ones home. Just remember that God's plan and purpose for our lives is greater than we can ever imagine. His Grace is sufficient! Patrick fulfilled his call on this earth and today he's rejoicing in heaven. He is only apart from you for a little while. You will see him again. Praise the Lord.May God's Peace be with yours and Claire's family.Mike

  8. Different times our Lord will pick us for a special journey. For you the Rider family He has given you a difficult one but has intrusted it to only ones that He knows will continue this journey doing His Will. You all are an awesome followers of our Lord and I beleive that He is there to guide you along the way. Know that I will continue for His Will to be done. We give our Lord all the glory in this journey because Patrick now plays Where the Angels Sing! I Love and Miss you all. Mill

  9. Dr Rider and family, I can only imagine the pain in your hearts at the loss of your son. My prayers and condolences are with you at this time. I thank your staff for keeping us informed.

  10. Dr. Rider FamilyWe are so sadden to hear of the loss of your son. Please know that he and the entire family are in our prayers now and the up coming days as you face these tough times.David, Kay, Dennis LeJeune

  11. Dr. Ryder and Claire, just want you to know that you are both in our prayers. May God give you strength through this difficult time. It seems like we have been through your pain since the beginning and have kept you in our prayers.

  12. Dr.Rider and Claire,I just heard of the loss of your beautiful baby boy today. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and all of your family members. I will be praying that God gives you the strength you need to get through this difficult time. MUCH LOVE….Jason Lisotta

  13. Dr.RIDER..Words just cant express the sorrow at this time…Ur angel is now in Heaven with his Angels!!!I am so sorry for ur lost!!We have u all in our prayers!!

  14. Hello,I am student at Sacred Heart School and I am so sorry for your lost and I found a little peom that I hope that will make you feel a little better and this is the peom that he is telling me to tell youPlease Don't Cry Joe Green Please dont cryIm not really goneWhen you look out the windowIll be standing on the lawnPlease dont cryIll see you againDont be sadKeep up your chinPlease dont cryIm not really deadWhen you cry yourself to sleepIll be by your bedPlease dont cryJust because we had to partAs long as you remember me Ill live in your heartPlease dont cryIm not gone foreverIll be a cool and gentle breezeIn hot summer weather Please dont cryDont run and hideWhen you need a shoulder to lean onIll be by your sidePlease dont cryWhen youre sad and weakIll be thereTo kiss you on the cheekPlease dont cryThis is just a goodbyeSo please, oh pleaseFamily, do not cry.

  15. I am a senior at St. Louis Catholic High School. I never met Patrick in person, but through discussions and prayers at the beginning of Mrs. D's theology class, I came to know Patrick as a strong, hopeful individual. I am sure he was a cheerful boy who brought joy to everybody around him. Though he was hampered by illness, that illness could not overcome his bright personality which was full of life. I hope Patrick could feel the love and support of our prayers, and we will continue to pray for him and for his family in this difficult time. May he rest in peace embraced by the loving comfort of God the Father.

  16. I am so sadened by this great loss of yours. My only regret is that as much time as Shaine and I visited I never really had a chance to get to know who Patrick really was as a Holy child of God. The only way I truly got to know this holy young man is through Shaine. I am so grateful to you for allowing me to know him through you. As you already know my prayers have been with you and your family from the very begining. But my love for you and Clair has intensified and my prayers will never subside in praying Patrick, and both of his loving parents. With lots of love and prayers. Know that either one of you can call anytime to just have someone to talk with. I love you both. God bless

  17. I am so very sorry for the loss of Patrick. I can not imagine your pain. I can only think he is better now and no longer suffering. May God embrace you and ease the pain in your hearts. I will continue to pray for you. God Bless.

  18. I graduated with Shaine from Barbe in 1988. (Kim Allison).I have a daughter your son's age. I am very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.Kim Allison-Hebert

  19. I know I do not know you but am a mother of two young boys and a fellow ICCS parent. I just want you and your family to know that my heart is breaking for you and that I will continue to pray for your comfort and strength to get you through this most difficult time. God has a plan for all of us and I know you will cherish all of the sweet memories you had with your son. They are like little angels sent down from Heaven and we never really know how long God will entrust us to be their caretakers. He is safe now and at peace. Please know that there are so many people praying for your family and if there is anything you need, don't hesitate. God bless.

  20. I pray that your family finds comfort and peace through the memories of your beautiful son. May God grant you peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

  21. I will always remember Patrick and Elaine catching frogs in the rocks along the river at Cypress Lake. Elaine loved him dearly and anytime Patrick was gonna be anywhere, she wanted to be there.

  22. I will always remember sweet Patick, and how he taught my children to pray, they prayed for him every night. You will continue to be in my prayers…always! All my love, Carrie

  23. I would like to express my condolences to your family for your loss. I see that you are a Christian family so you are aware that the only possible way to cope with the loss of a love one is though the God's word the Bible. Acts 17:31 says that a resurrection of our love ones that have fallen asleep in death is guaranteed by means of our Savior Jesus Christ. We also have the remarkable hope of living right here on a paradise earth with our resurrected love ones were the wicked ones will be done away with as found at Ps. 37:9-11,29. I hope that you will find the comfort and support you need to get through this difficult time.

  24. Im having trouble finding just the right words to say, for nothing is right. Pray for peace and strength during this time. Love you!

  25. It is really hard to express how sorry I am for your loss. I want to let you know that Patrick and the family in our thoughts.Love, Kookie

  26. Little Patrick has been such an inspiration! Be assured he is now in heaven where there is no pain. My heart goes out to all the family at this difficult time. With my love and prayers,Frances

  27. May the inspiration and impact of such a special child bring you comfort as you celebrate his life. You are such a wonderful family–such a fine example of faith– and we are lifting you up in prayer.With sincere and heartfelt sympathy,Dede and Matt LongChicago Northshore

  28. Our Family sends your beautiful family our prayers and sympathy for your loss of your precious son Patrick.May His Death and Resurection continue to Glorify Jesus'name and rain down more blessings on your family and all the lives he has touched. Amen

  29. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to each of you. What a beautiful little boy Patrick was and his strong faith during his illness was evident. May God hold you in His strong arms as you go through the next days and weeks. Prayers are being prayed for each of you.

  30. Our hearts are heavy, there are just no words. Praying that the Love of Jesus will fill you. Love,Kelly and Corrie

  31. Patrick was such an inspiration to my son Tyler Conner who also had Neuroblastoma. Patrick was such a God loving child and had such a sweet spirit. Our prayer go to Shane and Claire Rider , Love Dawn and Tyler Conner

  32. Patrick's name has been on several prayer lists at Trinity. Please know we will continue to pray for you. As a parent, I cannot relate to what you are going through, but God can. I pray that peace and comfort will come soon.

  33. Priscilla and family, I would like to extend deepest sympathy for your loss. I will keep you in prayer. JayMarie Granger and family.

  34. Shaine and Claire-I was sadden to hear the news of Patrick. I know you find comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering although I know the pain is great. He was a handsome young man and I know his family and friends will dearly miss him. I am praying for you and your family to find comfort. Paula LaBrot Melton

  35. Shaine and family- May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your son. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  36. Shaine and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little boy. I will pray for peace and healing for your family.

  37. Shaine Claire -Dear Friends, our hearts are with you in sorrow and in celebration of Patrick, a beautiful, young and holy life. Great memories of Patrick and Emma as toddlers hiking Mt. Falcon – laughs and giggles and running free. Our love from the mountaintops.- The Roy FamilyMike, Annemarie, Emma, Maddie Ben

  38. Shaine Claire,I'm really, really sorry for your loss. Please know that you all are in our thoughts.Holly (Hargroder) Ortlund

  39. Shaine, Claire, and the entire Rider Family, We are so sadden by your loss. We have and will continue to pray for Patrick and the family. Vic and Karina enjoyed him so much at ICCS. We will be contributing to the fund in his memory. Our Love to you all, Wyatt, Christine, Karina, Vic and Jill Parks

  40. Shaine, My thoughts and prayers are with your family but especially you and Claire in this sad time. I am so sorry for your loss.Julie Davis

  41. Shaine,I am so sorry. I can't even imagine. I just found out last night at 10:00. I just wanted let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you.

  42. Shane and Claire,My heart is breaking for you now but know that every thought is with you guys. I know Patrick brought you great joy and I pray that his love will bring you peace.

  43. Shane Claire,No words can express our deepest sympathy to you both, your family and friends for the loss of Patrick. Our hearts are heavy and aches for you all. As I attended Ash Wednesday mass this morning all I could do was think of you both and pray. Stay stong in your faith and know that our prayers will continue on for Patrick and you all. Just Pray these words: Lord Jesus, I place myself in your hands. Be with me and my family and friends as we mourn the death of the son we so loved.Help us to stay close to you and to one another as we struggle each day to accept the challenge of living without Patrick. May he be always at your side to share in the light and glory of your eternal life, happiness and peace.Psalm 41 Prayer. Remember us, gracious God when we are lonely and depressed and support us in the dark night of grief and despair, for your love is faithful and you do not forget your broken ones. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. AMENLove Prayers: The Thomas Family

  44. Shane, Claire, and all the family,We are so sorry to hear about Patrick! We are praying for God's strength and peace during this difficult time. Below are is a quote I like.Snuggle in God's arms. When you are hurting, when you feel lonely, left out. let Him cradle you, comfort you, reassure you of His all-sufficient power and love. Kay ArthurGod Bless,Delaina family

  45. To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say…but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.I'm writing this from heaven.Here I dwell with God above.Here,there's no more tears of sadness;here is just eternal love.Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,God picked me up and hugged me and He said,I welcome you.It's good to have you back again;you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.I need you here badly;you're part of my plan.There's so much that we have to do,to help our mortal man.God gave me a list of things,that he wished for me to do.And foremost on the list,was to watch and care for you.And when you lie in bed at night,the day's chores put to flight.God and I are closest to you…in the middle of the night.

  46. We are praying for comfort and healing from the Lord. Patrick is a beautiful little boy in the arms of the Lord. We love you.The Johnson Family

  47. We are so sorry for your loss. Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. You have to believe that Patrick was here for a reason and your connection could never be broken. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your wife. Love in Christ. Bill,Cindy Zeke, Jo Ann and Debby Gutekunst.

  48. We are so very sorry for your loss. Patrick and your family will be in our prayers. Denise and Shane Walker

  49. We wish you peace for now you have a saint in heaven. Our family will donate to the ICCS Building Fund in his memory.Love and prayers to all of you. Ray Janice Blanchard and Family

  50. We're so grateful for the memories we have of Patricks visits to the office. We'll always remember him hiding around the corner and trying to scare us! Always know that y'all are in our everyday prayers. We love y'all!

  51. WHEN GOD CALLS LITTLE CHILDREN When God calls little childrento dwell with him above,We mortals sometime questionthe wisdom of his loveFor no heartache compares withthe death of one small childWho does so much to make our world,seem wonderful and mildPerhaps God tires of callingthe aged to his fold,So He picks a rosebud,before he can grow old.God knows how much we need them,and so he takes but a fewTo make the land of Heavenmore beautiful to view.Believing this is difficult stillsomehow we must try,The saddest word mankind knows will always be Goodbye.So when a little child departswe who are left behindMust realize God loves children,Angels are hard to find.

  52. When God calls little childrento dwell with him above,We mortals sometimes question the wisdom of him love,For no heartache compares withthe death of one small child,Who does so much to make our world seem wonderful and mild.Perhaps God tires of calling the aged to his fold,So he picks a rosebud before it it can grow old.God knows how much we need them, so he picks but few,To make the land of Heaven more beautiful to view. Believing this is difficult still somehow we must try.The saddest word mankind knowswill always be Goodbye.So when a child departs, we who are left behind,Must realize God loves children,Angels Are Hard To Find.Shaine, Claire and Family Many prayers and condolences are going out for all of you during this sad time. Just one thing I want you to remember, Gods grace is sufficient. May the peace and grace of God be with all of you.Scott and Angela Stevens

  53. When you think of my life on earth,and all those loving years because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.But do not be afraid to cry;it does relieve the pain.Remember there would be no flowers,unless there was some rain.I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er. I'm closer to you now,than I ever was before.There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too…that as you give unto the world,the world will give to you.If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,then you can say to God atnight…My day was not in vain.And now I am contented…that my life has been worthwhile,knowing as I passed along the way,I made somebody smile. So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,just lend a hand to pick him up,as on your way you go.When you're walking down the street,and you've got me on your mind;I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind. And when it's time for you to go…from that body to be free,remember you're not going…you're coming here to me. Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)

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