Jean Patterson passed away peacefully at Trillium Court on February 20th, 2020 while being serenaded one final time with You Are My Sunshine on harmonica by her husband of nearly 70 years, Les Patterson. With family by her side, Jean heard her beloved granddaughter, Victoria say I love you and will see you again in the afterlife as a butterfly.
As a young woman, Jean had to learn how to sew her own clothes and look after the necessities of life. She was a beautiful, intelligent, independent person with a caring sole. Her appearance was always important – she loved to dress nicely with her favourite jewellery, stylish hairdo, and lovely outfits.
Jean loved to knit, rug hook, bowl, keep up on current events, and follow her favourite Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, and Blue Jays. She even learned how to swim as an older adult, in a group called Scared Skinnies surprising Les in the pool!
At the age of 20, Les, just returning to work, after being a Sergeant in the 48th Highlanders, walked into Old City Hall in Toronto and saw Jean working as an office girl at 16 years old. Upon first glance, he knew she was the one he was going to marry. From that point on, Jean became a permanent fixture in the Harrison and Patterson families. Many happy family get-togethers took place in Peterborough and Fenelon Falls, Ontario; with Chemong Lake and Cameron Lake being favourite destinations at family cottages.
Jean was extremely proud of her family; Judy, Dave, and Victoria Lockhart, Jim and Mary Patterson, and Janet and Dave Browne. She encouraged them and supported them in their love of music, always attending concerts and events with Les. Jean enjoyed sharing family time on Buckhorn Lake at Scotsman Point and The Birches; with cherished family dogs Kelly, and Paddy in tow. Kincardine became her second home while visiting her two daughters. Beautiful sunsets, concerts by the beach, Saturday night pipe band parades – were all cherished by Jean. She and Les enjoyed travelling together, venturing on many cruises and visiting several beautiful places in Canada, including Tofino, British Columbia, where her son Jim and his wife Mary settled in retirement.
Les’s sister, Bev Gibson, her son David, and daughter Florence, along with their families were always a supportive and important part of Jean’s life.
Jean’s family would like to thank the staff at Trillium Court for their compassion and support over the last four years, especially the Lodge care-givers, close friends for being there with a shoulder to lean on, and Dr. Gurbin for going above and beyond with Jean’s care.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Trillium Court, Kincardine on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m..
Donations may be made in Jean’s name to The Kincardine Community Concert Band or The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band.