Patrick Coxall

Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:25 pm

Those of you who have been around the forum for a long time will remember Pat. He lived in the Brittany area of France and was quite a well known restorer and afficionado of old tractors. His narratives of his exploits going on tractor retrieval runs were quite entertaining. As you will recall, Pat suffered a fatal accident in June of this year while retrieving yet another project tractor.
I heard from his better half Noelle today. She related a few more details of Patrick's accident and sent me some pictures which I will share with you.
Noelle related how much she misses Pat and is still a bit in shock over his loss.
This picture shows the tractor Pat was retrieving when the accident happened:

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Here is Patrick after repairing the tire and preparing to install a battery.

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Interestingly enough, the tractor started and ran. Pat had decided to store the tractor until he could start the restoration. During his trip to the hangar where he was going to store the tractor he was on a downhill run when apparently the brakes failed. No one is sure at this time what really happened but it appears that Pat tried turning the tractor to slow it down and the tractor rolled over crushing his chest.

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As bad as this all is, along with losing Patrick, Noelle must now pay 20,000 Euros in taxes in order to keep their home of 11 years as they were not husband and wife.
To pay this, she is going to have to sell a prized posession. A 1953 Lanz that was painstakingly restored by Pat. She will be putting the tractor up for sale in Brittany. I have offered to post the information here in case an American collector is interested in the tractor. It is a collector's item for sure. I am going to post an ad in the for sale forum but if anyone knows of a collector who is looking for European tractors you might pass the word along.
I have no idea of the value of the tractor but she is asking 20,000 Euros for it and feels confident it is worth that. It is a Lanz D 5506, hotball and it includes the registration document. Please check the ad for contact information if anyone is interested.
Here are some pictures:

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And here is a shot of Patrick plowing with his favorite tractor:

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Let's all remember Noelle during the Christmas season.

Re: Patrick Coxall

Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:29 pm

I enjoyed Pat on the forum. He was a decided plus. At one time he needed a throw out bearing for a cub. I bought it at TM and sent it to him as a gift and thanks for all the joy he brought us.

Re: Patrick Coxall

Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:57 pm

He is fondly remembered and missed. Noelle will be in our thoughts over the holidays. I sure hope she can manage to save their home. I know how much Patrick loved that house just like his tractors.

Re: Patrick Coxall

Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:01 pm

I always enjoyed Pat's posts, but had missed the posts about his death and was wondering what happened to him. Thanks Darrell

Re: Patrick Coxall

Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:31 pm

I never put 2 and 2 together till you mentioned Noelle's name :shock: I always knew him as Patbretagne. What a sad situation :(

Rick

Re: Patrick Coxall

Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:24 am

I also miss Pat. We used to pm back and forth all the time. It was a big shock when BD told me about the accident at Cub Tug. Our prayers go out to Noelle and family.

Re: Patrick Coxall

Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:44 pm

If anyone is intersted, 20,000 Euros is equal to $26,352.00 in US dollars so she has a huge debt ahead of her.

Re: Patrick Coxall

Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:54 pm

Sad to hear this. His posts were always enjoyable.

Re: Patrick Coxall

Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:12 pm

It is truly sad that before the grieving can subside from the loss of a loved one, the tax man cometh to add a whole new element of distress. It proves the accuracy of the old adage: "The only things certain in life are death and taxes." I offer my sincere condolences to Noelle on the sudden loss of Pat and the best of luck in dealing with the tax collectors.