PATTERSON, Donald (Don)
It is with broken hearts that we say goodbye to Donald (Don) Victor Patterson. In the early hours of October 17, 2016 Don passed away with his wife, Ruth, at his side. He will be greatly missed by Ruth; his children: Cheryll (Geoff) and Jonathon (Nicole); his grandchildren: Tatum, Brok, Bronte, Brolin and Madison; his brother, Jim; his niece Heidi (David) and her children: Angellana and Austin; his honorary grandchildren: Chloe, Jeffrey, Maria and Isabelle; and the many friends that Don made wherever he went.
Don was born on March 25, 1942 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to parents Neil and Eilene. At the age of 17 Don joined the Navy and shipped off for great adventures. In 1983, Don and Ruth met at the Montgomery legion sparking a love affair that spanned more than 35 years. Don was an avid outdoorsman, loved to play crib with his brother, made the best meatloaf in the world and taught his granddaughter, Tatum, the fine art of garage sale'ing. Don was described as a big teddy bear that brightened the day of everyone he met.
A celebration of Don's life will be held at the Kingsway Legion, 14339 50 St NW, Edmonton, on Saturday, November 12 at 1:00 p.m. At the celebration, friends will be given the opportunity to share stories and their memories of Don. In lieu of tributes, donations may be made to the Kingsway Legion Branch 175. Thank you to the staff of unit 5E4 at the University of Alberta Hospital, to Nan and the chemotherapy nurses at the Cross Cancer Institute and Dr. Cave for their wonderful care and treatment of Don.