A terrible tragedy has just struck the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
According to a report from Bill Swindell of The Press Democrat, William Patrick Foley III, the son of Las Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley who was known by his middle name "Patrick", has died suddenly at the age of just 31. According to the report the family has listed his death as one that came as the result of natural caused and when reached for comment a spokesperson for the family refused to provide any additional details regarding Patrick's passing.
In spite of his very short life Patrick was an extremely accomplished young man having embarked in a career in wine production at a very early on by working at Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg. Patrick would then pick up his life and head to New Zealand where he studied viticulture and enology at Lincoln University in New Zealand where he earned his masters certification. After his journey to New Zealand Patrick made his return to North America and began working at Roth Winery in Healdsburg eventually rising through the ranks and becoming assistant wine maker. Foley was then named winemaker for Foley Johnson 2 years ago and there seemed to be no stopping him prior to this terrible news.
Just a few months ago Patrick was on hand for the Premiere Napa Valley Kickoff Party hosted by Foley Johnson and was seen speaking to those covering the event and seemed to be in good health and good spirits throughout the event. In fact Patrick posed for several photos at the event and you would be hard pressed to argue that he did not look like the most jovial person in every pictured he was featured in.
Patrick also had had a successful athletic career picking up a state championship as a member of the Bolles School in Florida before he decided to focus on both lacrosse and his degree in finance. Patrick is survived by his parents Bill and Carol, his sisters Courtney and Lindsay, as well as his brother, Robert. Our condolences go out to Mr. Foley, his family, the Golden Knights and everyone else who has been impacted bu this tragedy.
Image courtesy Foley Johnson.