Carrie Rengers

Pat Ayars, co-founder of Oxford Senior Living, dies of complications from cancer

Pat AyarsWICHITA –Longtime Wichita businessman Pat Ayars died Wednesday morning following complications from cancer.

Ayars most recently was president and co-founder of Oxford Senior Living. He came to Wichita to work for Key Construction.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Pat's wife, Vergia, his children and grandson," Jason Wiley, Oxford's chief operating officer, said in a statement.

"In recent months, Pat had positioned the company to transition his responsibilities so that his vision for Oxford would continue long after he was gone. He ensured this company would never hinge on just one person, but no one could ever fill his shoes fully. Pat was a tremendous motivator and visionary."

Funeral services are still pending.

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