“I just learned of this great man. Thank you, Mr. Patterson for your bravery and humanity. I will remember you and your tireless work all of my days.
“I was one of the lucky people to have the privilege of working under Mr. Patterson's leadership at the then St. Petersburg Times. Even after his retirement when I would see him, Mr. Patterson always took the time to stop and say hello and ask how I was doing. After reading the story published about his life in the Times, it was easy to see why he walked with such presence. I will always remember his smile.
“Mr. Patterson was a person a great personal and moral courage. He has given all of us an example of how to be an exceptional human being, and American.
“He was a truly great man, American Hero in both war abroad and war at home. His stories of wartime experience, and what it meant to him to have served overseas inspired my own military career. What he did for the Civil Rights movement was gallant, and I can see from other posts in the guest book that it had a far reaching effect. He will be missed. Rest In Peace Uncle Gene.
“to the Patterson family,may you be comforted by these words."I-I myself am the One that is comforting you people."pslm.145:16
“Somewhere beyond the rainbows end
The skies are bright and fair,
No shadows dim, no darkness falls
The land is peaceful there.
And someone with the power to heal
To guide and understand
Is waiting there to calm our fears
And take us by the hand
So when a dear one heeds his call.
Our hearts should be at rest
For there beyond the rainbow's end
A loving God knows best.
“Eugene Patterson defined the highest civic ideals and determination. He was a consummate lifelong practitioner of excellence.
A stellar and bold newspaper editor, Mr. Patterson was also a profound leader of young people. He created high-level opportunity for capable youth and that proudly included me.
As an exploring University of Florida college student, I walked in the door he helped the legendary Nelson Poynter create. It later was called The Poynter Institute. I...
“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.