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Captain Michael Patterson


1957 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Captain Michael Patterson Obituary
Captain Michael Patterson left the dock on December 9, 2016 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He will he missed.
Mike was born to William and Marjorie Patterson on February 6, 1957 in Marysville, MI. After graduating from Marysville High School in 1975, Mike enlisted in the US Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 75th Ranger Regiment as well as the 7th Special Forces Group until his honorable discharge in 1978. He married his high school sweetheart, Angela Troy, on November 11, 1978. They had two children, Sean and Kelli.
Mike was a Tugboat Captain; one of the lucky few who spent his life doing the thing he really loved. It was more than a career, it was who he was, and what he had wanted to be since childhood. After working for various companies including the Lake Pilots Association, Gaelic Tugboat Company, NOAA, Malcolm Marine and Windsor Detroit Barge Lines, he proudly spent the last 27 years of his career aboard "G Tugs" with The Great Lakes Towing Company. He worked in the port of Detroit for many years before transferring to Sault Ste. Marie in 2000.
During his life, Mike was a record-setting swimmer, a skilled and courageous tugboat captain, a member of the Army Special Forces; an Airborne Ranger, scuba diver, snowmobiler, dirt bike rider, faithful son, caring father, loving husband, Jeep enthusiast, union member, Western movie buff, leader, mentor, animal lover, a valued neighbor and beloved friend, and a great Tugboat Philosopher.
Mike is survived by his mother, Marjorie Patterson of Marysville, brother Scott of Smith Creek, sister-in-law Pam Patterson of Port Huron, wife Angie and son Sean of Sault Ste. Marie, daughter Kelli of Ferndale, Aunts and Uncle Bob and Eva Philips of Port Huron, and Kay Force of Marysville, Mother & Father In-Law Robert and Patricia Troy of Marysville, Brothers and Sisters In-Law Robert (Joan) Troy, Jeff (Patty) Troy, Mary (Gary) Siemen, Chris (Lisa) Troy, several cousins, and many nieces and nephews. He leaves this earth to reunite with those that went ahead; including his father William,
Mike was a member of the Port Huron Lodge of the International Shipmasters Association and the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots maritime labor union.
The family will accept visitors at the St. Stephens Parish Hall in Port Huron, MI on Saturday December 17 from 12-4 p.m. with a eulogy service at 1 p.m. All are welcome to come and share memories Captain Mike.
Updates on a celebration of life to be held in Sault Ste. Marie at a later date will be published by Hovie Funeral Home at www.hoviefuneralhome.com
Published in Sault Ste. Marie Evening News on Dec. 14, 2016
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