Producer, director, teacher, father.Born on May 14, 1927, in Curragh Camp, Ireland; died on April 7, 2016, in Toronto, of natural causes, at the age of 88.If you spent any time in Toronto's Bloor West Village over the past few years you may have passed by Patrick Kearney, and probably noticed him.
When Austin Clarke began his illustrious career as an author, he rendered his thoughts on paper using his self-taught typing skills on an old manual typewriter. Then one day in the 1970s, he had a brilliant idea: Why not appeal to a typewriter manufacturer to donate a modern machine? So he fired off a letter to IBM, pleading that he was a poor, struggling author who needed a proper machine to practice his craft. To his surprise, IBM responded with a cheque to cover the cost of one of its sophisticated Selectric typewriters. An accompanying letter told him where to go to collect his machine. That Selectric served Austin faithfully until the personal computer came along and made it obsolete.