Patrick (Pat) Malik of Montauk died at Southampton Hospital on Oct. 14 from complications of cancer. He was 77. With his wife, Dorothy Malik, who survives, he was a regular at the Montauk Senior Nutrition Center, where he enjoyed socializing with friends and playing Bingo and other games.
Mr. Malik was in the Air Force and stationed in Montauk when he met the former Dorothy Lussoro on the beach. He was very persistent in getting a first date, according to his wife. They were married in 1957.
They settled in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, after Mr. Malik left the Air Force, and bought a house in Montauk in 1959. In 1998, they moved east permanently, and began spending winters in Orlando, Fla.
Mr. Malik had a successful career as a videotape engineer for the television network ABC. He edited news programs and sporting events, and assisted with the soap opera “Ryan’s Hope.” In 1972, he covered President Richard M. Nixon’s historic visit to China. Mr. Malik won six Emmy Awards for his work, four of them for work on the coverage of various Olympic Games.
After he retired, he devoted his time to his four grandchildren, who live in Montauk. A loving and attentive grandfather, he enjoyed attending their sporting events and assisted with the local Boy Scout troop. He also volunteered to help out at Montauk Fire Department events. His favorite was a pre-Christmas visit to the firehouse by Santa Claus.
A son of John S. Malik, a Pennsylvania coal miner, and the former Anna Bacha, Mr. Malik was born on March 23, 1935, and grew up in Marianna, Pa. He graduated from West Bethlehem High School.
He was an animal lover, and the family at one time had six dogs and six cats as pets, as well as fishtanks. In two cars to keep the animals separated, the Maliks would bring the whole menagerie to Montauk.
He also loved to go fishing, a passion he shared with his son, Patrick Anthony Malik, and enjoyed relaxing on the beach, where he would feed the seagulls.
Besides his wife and son, Mr. Malik leaves a daughter, Dorothy Malik Atkinson, also of Montauk. A brother, John Malik of Lancaster, Va., and two sisters, Maryanne McFadden of San Antonio, Tex., and Elizabeth (Betty) Sckena of Daisytown, Pa., also survive.
A wake was held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton last Thursday. A service took place on Friday at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, the Rev. Mike Rieder presiding. Burial followed at the Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk.
The family has suggested contributions in Mr. Malik’s memory to the Montauk Senior Nutrition Center, 240 Edgemere Street, Montauk 11954, or to Dr. Jonathan Turetsky, an East Hampton veterinarian who provides care to stray animals and wildlife, at 3 Goodfriend Drive, Studio 1, East Hampton 11937.