John Allen Paterson, known to his family and friends as Pat, passed away peacefully in Mississauga Ontario on April 4th, 2021 after a gradual decline since August 2020. With great sadness yet profound gratitude, his family celebrates a life well lived.
He is survived by his loving wife Monika Guerlin, his children from his marriage to Florence Scott (deceased), Norman (Debbie), Janice Mole (John) and Sandy Szlagowski (Chris) and his step-children Andrea Hill-Kolody (Andrew) and Tanya Hill (Brent Webber).
Pat was born in Toronto on February 12, 1926 to Vera Bee and John Allen Paterson. As a teenager Pat enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was training to be a navigator. After being demobbed he worked in various industries, eventually forming Triangle Plumbing and Heating Supply with two partners. His handshake was his bond and he was highly respected in the Industry.
Pat always said he was a “belonger”, not a joiner and enjoyed the Etobicoke Gyro Club, Zetland-Wilson Lodge, Shriners and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating.
The cottage in Muskoka was a highlight in his life along with travel, Big Band music, theatre, old movies and a good Single Malt Scotch.
His grandchildren gave him such joy, Scott Paterson (Jade), Michael Paterson (Melissa), Laura Paterson, Christopher Paterson, Shawn and Kevin (Kate) Mole, Olivia and Andrew Szlagowski, Jennifer, Sarah and Stephen Kolody.
Another great love was his Great Grandchildren McLaren, Riley, Reid, Hallie and Audrey.
We will miss our dear husband, father, grandpa, GG, uncle and friend.
A special thanks goes to the staff at Cooksville Care Centre for their compassionate care.
His Bro Donny is waiting in heaven with open arms and a wee dram!
FUNERAL SERVICE AND LIVE STREAM LINK
A private family service will be held on Monday, April 12 at 11 a.m. EST.
For those who wish to virtually attend the service, please use the link: https://youtu.be/VcoJtECwHmo
In memory of Pat, the family would appreciate donations to Habitat for Humanity