John B. Paterson Sr.
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1 2-9/30/13

BARRE - The Rev. Dr. John Barstow Paterson Sr., of Barre, Vt., passed away peacefully at home Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, after a long and courageous fight against multiple systems atrophy, and after a lifetime of dedicated service to the Lord and to his community. He was 80 years old.

The Rev. Paterson was most recently pastor emeritus at the First Presbyterian Church of Barre, Vt., having served as a church pastor faithfully for over 50 years, formally retiring from the ministry in 1996. The Rev. Paterson had previously served churches in Norfolk, Va.; Takoma Park, Md.; Princeton, N.J.; Tonawanda, N.Y.; and East Aurora, N.Y. After retirement he served as an interim pastor for a number of Vermont congregations.

Born in Middletown, Conn., on Nov. 22, 1932, the Rev. Paterson graduated from Swarthmore College in 1953 and went on to earn a degree in ministry from Union Seminary in New York City, a master's degree in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, and a Doctor of Ministry from Lancaster Seminary in Pennsylvania. He married Katherine Womeldorf in July of 1962, and they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this past summer.

Survivors include his four children, their spouses and their families: Elizabeth and Stephen Pierce, of East Aurora, N.Y., John Paterson and Samantha Loomis, of New Canaan, Conn., David and Ariana Paterson, of Manhasset, N.Y., and Mary and Justin Heininger, of Hinesburg, Vt. He is additionally survived by seven grandchildren - Katherine and Margaret Pierce, Griffin and Jordan Paterson, Carter and Decker Paterson, and Liam Heininger - and one adopted grandchild, Katherine Greene.

In addition to his tireless work from the pulpit and within his community, the Rev. Paterson was a noted author of multiple books on faith and for the family, with five published works to his name. He was also an accomplished multimedia artist and an active and generous supporter of the artistic community, particularly in the Barre-Montpelier region.

Over the past decade he had served on the boards of Studio Place Arts, the Wood Gallery, the People's Health & Wellness Clinic, Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity, RSVP, and Central Vermont Community Action Council.

A memorial service will be held to honor the life and memory of the Rev. Paterson on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Barre, Vt.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in his name to the Community Outreach Program of the First Presbyterian Church of Barre, Vt. (

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Published in Times Argus on Oct. 4, 2013.
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October 31, 2013
I have warm and wonderful memories of John from Takoma Park days; my deepest sympathy to Katherine and family.
Peggy Bruton Edwards
October 27, 2013
He will be missed, but always remembered as a kind and loving person. Keep the faith.
Love to all!
Patricia McKissack
October 22, 2013
Dearest Katherine, so sorry to hear of John's death. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Much love, and prayers, Kathy and Greg Bostrom
October 8, 2013
Our condolences to the family. Sorry to hear of your loss, Mary.
Matthew & Coco Hall
October 4, 2013
Unfortunately my family and I will be unable to attend the service but please know we will keep Uncle John in our hearts well beyond this weekend's gathering. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

Andy, Jenny, Cate, Logan, and Maggie
October 4, 2013
Our heart felt sympathies go out to all the Paterson family. I have very fond memories of my Uncle John Paterson particularly his good spirit and laughter when the LI family shared good times with yours.
Vicky and Lee Haim
October 4, 2013
My most heartfelt feelings to the Paterson family.It is one of the great privileges of my life to have known John.What he brought with him was such a passion of the beauty in the world and he knew how to share it with others.Thank you for letting me into that world. His kindness and that twinkle in his eyes will always bring a smile to my face.
Bruce English
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