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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.

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Published in Edmonton Journal on Oct. 22, 2016.
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December 4, 2016
So sorry to hear about Don. We sailed together on Onondaga. A great guy
Gordon Hunter
November 12, 2016
May fond memories of Don bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were able to share these. Our prayers go out to you and your family. God be with you.
Guy & Jeannette
November 1, 2016
R.I.P. Old friend. Rest your oars I'll take it from here
bob allen
October 25, 2016
Glenn Steen
October 25, 2016
Dearest Cheryll,

Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your dad. You are in our hearts and minds.

Much love,

Paul and George
Paul & George Hastings & Ilagan
October 25, 2016
Deepest sympathies to all of you as you grieve the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.
Robyn Badger-Bos
October 25, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to all the family
Vivian Fedyna k Walter Hale
October 24, 2016
Bob and Winnie Davidson,
You and I went our ways years ago but we thought of you often. Our condolences are passed to all you left behind. I know we will meet again further down the road and take up where we left off. We will talk about the good old days.
October 23, 2016
My deepest sympathies Ruth. Don was a true gentleman. Farewell my brother.
George Waun
October 23, 2016
Don was a great friend and loyal shipmate. Sailed with Don on Nipigon, gentle giant. Rest in peace my friend.
Dobie Gillis
October 23, 2016
Be at peace my friend.
Sailed with Don on the Ojibwa.
Loved those days in Bermuda
Les Findlay
October 22, 2016
Don's passion for firearms, both shooting and collecting will be missed at gun clubs and ranges we shared. He was always eager to share stories over coffee or a half juice half water mug of refreshment.
Taken too soon, missed by many...
Doug Senger
October 22, 2016
Sorry to hear of the passing of Don. I sailed with Don on the Onondaga in 1969. Last seen him at the Submarine Reunion in Halifax in August 2004. Rest in Peace Don. Another good man gone to soon.
Brian Lapierre
October 22, 2016
I sailed with Don on HMCS Ojibwa was a really great guy and a very good mess mate. Sandy Sadler
Sandy Sadler
October 22, 2016
R.I.P.Ole Friend, rest your oars, I'll take from here
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