BELMONT - James W. Patterson, 91, passed away Sunday (June 23, 2013) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a long illness.
He was born Jan. 14, 1922, in Ithaca, the son of Samuel and Minnie Bristow Patterson. On June 22, 1946, in North Tonawanda, he married Louise E. Grawe, who predeceased him on March 25, 2011.
James was raised in Batavia and was a graduate of Batavia High School. He graduated from Brockport State Teachers College in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in education. He received a master's degree in education from the University at Buffalo in 1949.
He was a veteran of World War II
, serving in France with the U.S. Army
in the 66th Infantry, 263rd Regiment, Company K, from 1944-45. He obtained the rank of sergeant and received the Bronze Star
and the Combat Infantry Medal.
He was employed as a biology and earth science teacher at Belmont Central School from 1948 to 1977. He was a member of the Herbert Delong Post 808 of the American Legion. He was also an avid gardener and a Yankees fan.
Surviving are three children, Marie Patterson of Belmont, William (Leslie) Patterson of Casanova, Va., and Sue (Greg) Martocello of Chili; six grandchildren, Jeremy (Jill) Lambert of Camden, Jason Lambert of Belmont, Michelle (Scott) Stockton of Cheektowaga, Andrea (Nathan) Viar of Culpeper, Va., and Adam Martocello and Kara Martocello of Chili; six great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Brayden, Andrew, Kaylie, Silas and Sophia; and several nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service with his grandson-in-law, the Rev. Scott Stockton, presiding will be held at the convenience of the family and there will be no prior visitation. Interment, with military honors, will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont.
Memorial donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Greater Buffalo Chapter #1, P. O. Box 308, Buffalo, NY 14207. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.