John Bledsoe Patterson passed away on March 27, 2021. He was born in Fort Lauderdale on April 29, 1968 to George and Miriam Patterson. He was raised in Deerfield Beach alongside his brothers Stephen and Brian. He attended Pope John Paul II High School and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1990 where he met the love of his life Amy Hoodecheck Patterson. He returned to Florida to attend law school at Nova Southeastern and graduated in 1994. He began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney for Broward County pursuing justice for victims for five years. He married Amy in 1998 and they settled in Lighthouse Point. He continued his practice at Wicker Smith followed by several years of practice with Bob Montgomery. In 2006 John and Adam Balkan formed Balkan & Patterson, LLP in Boca Raton where he honed his craft for protecting victims and became Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. John and Amy had two children, Kayla and Ryan, to whom he was dearly devoted. John parented with his whole heart, coaching their soccer teams, camping at Indian Princesses and Guides, running road races with them and being their biggest champion. John was full of life and spread that exuberance every where he went. He supported St. Coleman school and parish for years, serving up beer and corn hole bags at the Italian Festival, and donating whenever asked. He sponsored Lighthouse Point Soccer teams and Dinner Under the Stars. He served in Deerfield Beach Rotary in various positions over the years and on the city's advisory board. If he wasn't at a child's sporting event, he was golfing, training for sprint and half Ironman triathlons, paddleboarding around the canal or building strength at Cross Fit. He and Amy loved to travel spending time with extended family. His life was too short, but it was full and beautiful.
John is survived by his wife, Amy, children Kayla and Ryan, his father, George Patterson, brothers, Dr. Stephen Patterson and Dr. Brian Patterson (Laura), children Emma Jane, Tara and Molly. He was predeceased by his mother, Miriam Patterson. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Deerfield Beach Rotary Fund, P.O. Box 100, Deerfield Beach, FL 33443.
Visitation Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5PM-9PM at Kraeer-Becker Funeral Home, 217 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday March 31, 2021, 10AM at St. Coleman's Catholic Church, 1200 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Mar. 29, 2021.