Lynn Norman Patterson
Lynn Norman Patterson: March 4, 1942 – November 26, 2020
Lynn Norman Patterson passed away peacefully with family members at his side on November 26, 2020, in Sherwood Park, Alberta. He is survived by wife Judy, children Craig, Curtis (Jill), Cara (Brent) and Christa, as well as his brother Raymond and nephew Raymond Junior. He is predeceased by parents William and Audrey.
Lynn had many achievements over his 78 years of life.
He was born in Galt (Cambridge), Ontario and obtained a BPE in Physical Education and a BSc in Physics from McMaster University as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.
As a community leader, Lynn championed the importance of access to quality education throughout his lifetime. He taught mathematics, physics, and physical education in Preston and in Kapuskasing, Ontario (before joining the military), and served as a school board trustee for nine years for the Lakeland Public School District and for 19 years for the Elk Island Public School District. He also served for seven years as a town councillor in Grand Centre (now Cold Lake), Alberta. Lynn will be remembered by many as an avid conversationalist who always took the time to share stories and wisdom with everyone that he met.
Lynn also served our country for 25 years as a Captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force, primarily stationed in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and Cold Lake, Alberta. For the majority of his career with the Canadian Armed Forces, Lynn was a fighter pilot and a pilot instructor. He was an extremely skilled pilot having won numerous awards over the course of his career.
A lover of sports and an impressive athlete, Lynn competed in hockey, football, and track & field in high school as well as in hockey for McMaster University, where Lynn was a member of the McMaster Marlins Hockey Team which won the first Canadian National Collegiate Championship (University Cup) in 1963. Lynn also took his talents behind the bench and was a hockey coach for many, including his two sons. He moved the family to Wilcox, Saskatchewan in 1992 to be part of the Notre Dame Hounds. He was also the founder and head coach of the Saskatchewan Stars hockey team which won a major national tournament in Vancouver in 1993.
Lynn put his family above all else. He recently celebrated an impressive 45 years of marriage with his wife, Judy. Lynn also tirelessly supported each of his children in all of their academic and athletic pursuits. He attended every single one of his children’s countless hockey games, track meets, figure skating competitions, basketball tournaments, tennis matches, debate competitions, awards ceremonies, concerts, graduations – literally everything. Lynn will be missed dearly by his entire family.
The Patterson family would like to thank all of the staff at the University of Alberta Hospital and Sherwood Care for the exceptional care that Lynn received during his final months.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family held a private memorial. If desired, memorial donations may be made in Lynn’s honour to Sherwood Care in Sherwood Park, Alberta.