Patrick Collimore: Somewhat Man, Somewhat Myth, Somewhat Legend


Dan Locke, Staff Writer

On May 8, 2001, people were tuning in to their local radio station and listening to “All For You” by Janet Jackson, or gamers were hanging out playing “Batman: Gotham City Racers”, and people were watching “Battlefront” on T.V..  Most people were, that is.  Katie and Kevin Collimore were not.  They were in the maternity ward of The Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, but they were there a month and half earlier than they had anticipated.  Patrick James Collimore was born at 7:34 pm on that day, weighing 1 pound and 10 inches.  He was given a slim chance of living.  Katie Collimore kissed her newborn son as they took him away from her to begin surgery on his hardly working heart.  Kevin watched in horror as his only son was brought to a surgery room with barely a chance.  He saw every dream of football games on Friday night, playing pass in the yard, or hugging him on his graduation day dissolve away into that surgery room.  Following many surgeries and 3 extra weeks in the hospital, Patrick was brought home to his house in New Boston.  Both of his sisters welcomed him with open arms.

16 and a half years later, Patrick Collimore is a healthy, 6 foot 5 inch, 210 pound teenager.  Mostly, Pat likes to make everyone laugh in any way possible.  He enjoys quick, rapid fire comedy which he says “catches people off guard.”  Pat plays volleyball in the spring and lifts weights every other season.  For the first two years of high school, Pat played football, but then realized sophomore year, “it’s the most time consuming thing you can do in high school.”  He joined the volleyball team freshman year, and played varsity that year.  He plays outside hitter.  His sister played varsity volleyball for three years of high school, and also played outside hitter.

Pat believes he is “held to too much of a standard” because his sister Molly was valedictorian of her class, and his other sister Hannah studies Law at Boston College.  Pat wants to study law, just like his sister.  His dad studied law at the University of Pennsylvania, where he met his wife Katie who was studying accounting  He wants to stay in New Hampshire for college and go to Keene State or Plymouth State.  Pat thinks that his high school years, so far, have been the best years of his life, and he can’t wait to see what lies ahead in his career, whether it’s his own law practice, or pursuing his volleyball career.