Frederick Charles Patterson in his 86th year of London, Ontario, passed away peacefully at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care on Saturday January 29, 2022.
Born April 23, 1936 in Fintona, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, he was the son of the late Andrew Patterson and Elizabeth Jean Patterson (née Mullen). Predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Margaret, sister Lila Patterson, brother Crawford Patterson, and sister Tilda Weate. Fred is survived by his daughter Lisa Ellis (née Patterson) (Kim) of London; son Kevin Patterson (Sheri) of Stratford; sister Morian Yagrines (Drago) of Cobourg; brother John Patterson (Margaret) of England, sister Ethel Kavanagh of Ireland; brother Stanley Patterson (Dolores) of Ireland; and 5 grandchildren Shannon (Chris), Tyler, Aidan, Brianna, and Connor.
Fred came to Montreal Canada on a troop ship in 1954 and celebrated his 18th birthday on the ship while it was broken down in the middle of the ocean. He had 18 dollars in his pocket when he arrived and promptly bought a piece of pie, a new tie and a hair cut for 1 dollar. Fred was a numbers man and spoke fluent Latin, Gaelic and had a thick Irish brogue he used to charm the ladies. He met life long friends on the ship and during his early years having fun in New York City. Fred and Margaret later met in Cobourg and it was love at first sight. They married and raised their children in Toronto Ontario where he worked for Gulf Canada, and later retired as a crossing guard in both Toronto and London Ontario. Fred was an active volunteer in soccer and hockey clubs and a former president of Civitan North York region.
Private family arrangements have been entrusted to Woodland Cemetery, 493 Springbank Drive, London Ontario. A Celebration of Life will be held outdoors at a later date.