The legacy that Patricia “Pat” Carlyle left when she passed from this life on Aug. 6, 2019, will live on in the lives of everyone she encountered. Now, it will also live on in the space she shared with her work family at Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, the leadership, staff and agents of the brokerage where Pat made many lifelong friends honored her memory with the dedication of its flagship location as The Carlyle Building. A plaque commemorating the designation rests outside the Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty office at 3305 West County Highway 30A.
“We are here today to remember Pat Carlyle and to dedicate our flagship office in Blue Mountain Beach in her honor, now called the Carlyle Building,” said Chris Abbott, owner of Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty. “This is to show our love and appreciation for who she was, and the support she gave to the community and our company.”
Pat was born Jan. 3, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Warren K. and Frances Ewing Carlyle. She has one brother, Dr. Warren Ken (Cheryl) Carlyle of Alachua, Florida, and Karen Lynn (Robert) Carlyle Murray of West Hartford, Connecticut. She cherished memories of Pittsburgh including riding every roller coaster possible at Kennywood Park and enjoying still-warm Mancini’s bread.
After attending Penn State University, she was recruited as one of the first female federal law enforcement agents in the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. She followed that up by developing and teaching executive training programs to Fortune 500 companies; serving as head of executive development for the American Red Cross; and, working as a vice president of human resources for a worldwide tech company.
After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Pat determined that life was too short to spend it traveling for work and away from family, so she relocated to Grayton Beach. In the obituary she penned herself, she called it “the best decision ever made.”
Pat lived her life with grace and purpose. She enjoyed time with family and friends. She danced – anywhere and at any time. She loved her horses, her dogs, and her meditation practice. She will be remembered by everyone who loved her for her listening ear and her roles as a trusted confidant, community servant, dedicated learner and teacher.
“We finished this building in February of 2005 and in the back of my mind, I always felt like this building would get dedicated. So, when this happened with Pat, it just seemed like the absolute natural fit,” said Blake Morar, owner of Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty. “What would the common denominator be that Pat taught us? I think we could agree, for those who knew her, it was the importance and the value of being present in the moment.
“There’s just some very special things about her that will be unforgettable.”
Special thanks to members of Pat’s family for attending and for photography and catering services provided by 1920 & Co.’s Tim Ryan and Basmati’s Asian Cuisine, respectively.