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“With countless photos while cycling, I met a good friend in the Fediversum. Patrick gave me valuable tips for a private stroke of fate. Many private...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Kranos Kranisimo - Germany

“2021 started very sad with the news of Patrick's passing.. Unfortunately I never met Patrick in person but on the Fediverse (@PLA) he was such a...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: stux mstdn - Acquaintance

“I was heartbroken to hear of PLA's passing. I worked with him at Home Telecom for many years. Like Jodi mentioned, I can't think of Pat without...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Heather McGrath - Charleston, SC

“This link is to some of PLA's music ”
4 of 39 | Posted by: tim Austin - Sevierville, TN

“Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel about PLA's passing. I have worked with PLA for almost 17 years and it has been a pleasure...Read More »
5 of 39 | Posted by: Jodi McCall - Moncks Corner, SC

“What a shock. Worked at Home Telecom with PLA for 24 years prior to my retirement. He could Tear-Up a computer. He could Tear-Up a guitar. Coworker...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Claude Sykes - Hendersonville, NC

“From the Cronin family - we send our thoughts and prayers to your family for peace & comfort during your time of great sorrow! God Bless you! ❤ ”
7 of 39 | Posted by: Anne Tyler - Summerville, SC

“I am so sorry to learn of Patrick's untimely death. I have such fond memories of him and your family as you grew up on John Rutledge. I am praying...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Mattie Nielsen - Charleston, SC

“Pat or like most of those of us who worked with him knew him, PLA was a ONE of a kind all round "GREAT GUY"! He was one of those men that could say...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Mark Davis

“I'm from the Netherlands and I met Patrick online because we shared the same passion for cycling. He was always kind enough to answer any question I...Read More »
10 of 39 | Posted by: Eric Buijs - acquaintance

“Patrick or @pla as I knew him was an inspiration to me. As a fellow cyclist his passion was infectious. I'm so sorry for his families loss and send...Read More »
11 of 39 | Posted by: Ruben Hillier - Acquaintance

“It was a pleasure to have worked with pla.I remember when he walked in the door @ HTC. Would always help anyone who needed it.Great guy. ”
12 of 39 | Posted by: Robert Myers - Ridgeville, SC

I will miss my internet cyclist friend, Waving at you, ride the winds wherever you are... “The man that shared cycling photos with me on Mastodon and Strava, we never met, but traded barbs and stores about the locations he showed me on the...Read More »
13 of 39 | Posted by: JR Namida - Las vegas, NV

“I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that Patrick enriched the lives of many around the world on the Mastodon and Pleroma social networks with...Read More »
14 of 39 | Posted by: Normand Chamberland

“Thank you Patrick for your energy, your kindness and gentleness. You were an admirable and well-loved person. Even though I never met you, I will...Read More »
15 of 39 | Posted by: Antón López

“I've been a privileged acquaintance of Patrick's since the beginning of the summer of 2020. We met on a Mastodon instance, and from there connected...Read More »
16 of 39 | Posted by: Paul Bucalo - Upstate NY, NY

“I only knew Pla from his posts on the Fediverse, but I will really miss him. I always enjoyed seeing his cycling and technology posts; every one of...Read More »
17 of 39 | Posted by: Abloo na - WI - Acquaintance

“Patrick was one of my first followers on the Fediverse. I realized quickly that he was the person behind one of the most active accounts in the...Read More »
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“Patrick was a genuinely nice guy and we will all miss his style online. He only had nice things to share, all the time. A rare treat among people. I...Read More »
19 of 39 | Posted by: Pine

“This came as a shock, not just to me, but a great deal of people in the software community Patrick was a part of. He helped me troubleshoot stuff...Read More »
20 of 39 | Posted by: Vala - Agder, Norway

“I only knew Patrick from his posts on the Fediverse, but his positivity was infectious and I loved seeing his regular bike riding pics. My heart goes...Read More »
21 of 39 | Posted by: Moon - Tucson, AZ - acquaintance

“Au revoir mon bon ami de Strava et de Mastodon, ton vélo jaune, tes photos de la Caroline du Sud et ton grand sourire vont nous manquer. Mes plus...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: Xavier R.

“I never met Patrick in person. I come from Norway. Patrick would share his bike rides on the Internet, and his enthusiasm was palpable. There are...Read More »
23 of 39 | Posted by: Thor H. Johansen - Oslo, Norway

“To the Archibald family, my most sincere and heartfelt condolences on your loss. Pat (Arch) was my best friend growing up. From burning up the roads...Read More »
24 of 39 | Posted by: Tim Austin - Sevierville, TN

“To the Archibald family, my most sincere and heartfelt condolences on your loss. Pat (Arch) was my best friend growing up. From burning up the roads...Read More »
25 of 39 | Posted by: Tim Austin

One of PLA's humorous shots from one of his rides..  <br /><br /> “Patrick, you are going to be missed. - Your passion for cycling was incredible. I really enjoyed being able to see what you were up to when I had a...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: Randy Noseworthy - Lorain, OH

“As a cyclist, I would regularly look at Patrick´s routes to find places to ride all around the low country. He posted all sorts of cool pictures of...Read More »
27 of 39 | Posted by: Noah

“Prayers sent for comfort and peace to Pat's family and friends. I am so very sorry for your loss. ”
28 of 39 | Posted by: Irene Singletary

“Well my ole friend I just heard the news and I didn't want to believe it, I'll always cherish the band days that were so much fun. My prayers are...Read More »
29 of 39 | Posted by: Kyle Vorhis - Ladson, SC - friend

“Prayers and hugs to all of the Archibald family! Such a terrible shock. We will always be connected through Patrick's and my son. He was a good man,...Read More »
30 of 39 | Posted by: Gwen Walker

“Sending my deepest Condolences and Praying the God gives Archibald's Family the strength you need at this time. ”
31 of 39 | Posted by: Lois Frazier - Moncks Corner, SC

“Patrick was a customers of subway everyday. We enjoyed talking to him, I even knew I´m his order by heart! So sad to hear of him passing away....Read More »
32 of 39 | Posted by: Danielle Butler

“Praying God will help provide strength and guidance in the days ahead for PLA's family and friends. He will definitely be missed by many. ”
33 of 39 | Posted by: Janice Welch

“So sorry for your loss, prayers to the family. Pat will be missed. ”
34 of 39 | Posted by: Lynn Bunch

“So saddened to see read of Patrick´s passing. My thoughts are with the Archibald family and pray for your comfort. ”
35 of 39 | Posted by: Mike Lankford

“Praying that God will wrap his arms around The Archibald Family and strengthen them in times like these ”
36 of 39 | Posted by: Mary Smith

“Archibald Family, Sorry for the lost of a co-worker and a great friend. Prayers for your family. Angie ”
37 of 39 | Posted by: Angela M Nelson

“All of my memories of Pat will forever be in my heart. We partied with Pat when he was in Severed Ties band. He will be dearly missed. ”
38 of 39 | Posted by: Lynn Gaudig

“Martha, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying that the memories of your brother will help to ease the pain of his death....Read More »
39 of 39 | Posted by: Elmire Raven

Patrick Lee Archibald "PLA", 59, of Summerville, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from injuries sustained after he was struck by a car while bicycling on New Year's Day.

Patrick was born July 23, 1961 in Charleston, SC, the third son of Francis X. Archibald and the late Mary Cooper Archibald. Patrick grew up in Hanahan and played in the community's junior football league, rode his bicycle and enjoyed fishing. He attended Divine Redeemer and Fishburne elementary schools and graduated from Hanahan High in 1979.

Shortly after graduating from high school, Patrick joined Home Telecom in Moncks Corner, where he worked for over 38 years. Joining as an entry level employee his talents were quickly recognized and he was selected to lead the company's transition into the computer age. Demonstrating a keen intellect and an impressive level of self-discipline and resourcefulness, Patrick immersed himself in learning about computers while simultaneously integrating this burgeoning technology into Home Telecom's business. His life-long dedication to the company and ability to integrate new, fast-paced computer systems changes and programs into the telecommunications business were critical to Home Telecom's success. He was the company's Information Systems Manager at the time of his untimely death.

PLA's natural ability to teach himself new skills also enabled him to become an accomplished guitarist early in life. Long before internet videos and instructional online guitar courses, his mastery of the instrument was developed in part by listening to recordings of guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His talents were often on display as a member of the "Severed Ties" rock band that played weekends and holidays at local clubs and festivals.

In the latter portion of his life, Patrick rediscovered his love of cycling and it became his passion. During these years he often substituted a bicycle ride for driving. It was not unusual for him to ride 100 plus miles several days a week, particularly on the weekends. Setting impressive goals for himself, he cycled more than 10,000 miles each year in 2019 and 2020. He combined his love of riding with his love of the South Carolina outdoors and its scenery, which he often captured in beautiful pictures and posted on his blog ( along with summaries of his bicycle journeys.

Patrick was a quiet man, gentle in his approach to life, and an environmentalist. He sought a peaceful lifestyle and encouraged the same with the salutation of "peace" when concluding phone calls and sending messages.

He will be forever missed by his son Steven F. Archibald and his wife Rondalyn, and grandson Steven Jr., and soon to be granddaughter; father Francis X. Archibald; brother James E. Archibald (Lisbeth Sandöy); sisters Martha A. Archibald and Wynn A. Godbold (Rett); nephews Matthew E. Godbold and Mason Cooper Godbold; sister-in-law Lisa Archibald. He was preceded in death by his mother in 2010 and brother Frank in 2020.

Due to Covid-19 Patrick's life will be celebrated later this year.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Palmetto Cycling Coalition.