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Patterson, Robert Steven

Robert Steven Patterson passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 21, 2010. Bob was born in Fort Macleod on June 8, 1937 and was the second born to Robert Dwight Patterson and Mary Winnifred Reach Patterson.
Bob was raised by his mother in Fort Macleod and was involved in athletics, school clubs and cadets at F.P. Walshe high school where he graduated in 1955.
Bob received both his bachelor and master of education degrees from the University of Alberta and then pursued his doctorate in the history and philosophy of education at Michigan State University. In 1990 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Lethbridge. Bob was blessed to have met the love of his life, Belva, while in school in Fort Macleod. He married Belva Emily Orr on July 2, 1957 in the Cardston Temple. They were married nearly 52 years before Belva’s death in 2009.
Together they raised and are survived by four sons, Steven (Shirley) of Wetaskiwin, David (Jeannette) of Edmonton, Douglas (Dawn) of Calgary, and Michael (Nola) of Las Vegas. They were the beloved grandparents of 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Bob is also survived by his second wife Janet Clark Hunt, her children and grandchildren, and his half-siblings Adair Patterson (Gary) of Vancouver, Anne Machacek (Martin) of Taber, Bob Weber (Carol) of Calgary, and Danny Dole (Betty) of Three Hills.
Bob was predeceased by his parents and older sister, Florence Winnifred Patterson.
Other survivors include Belva’s siblings, cousins, many nieces and nephews, young men who lived with the Pattersons at different times and countless friends and colleagues. Bob’s greatest pleasure in life came from spending time with his family and friends. He always had a delightful story to share about someone who had touched his life or whom he had touched.
Many career opportunities were afforded to Bob and he was known by all who worked with him, whether presidents of universities, visiting professors, or custodial staff, as a kind, caring, and charming individual. He was accomplished in many aspects of his career including writing and publishing, leadership and motivation, synergy and problem solving and of course teaching.
Bob was instrumental in instituting many visionary coalitions and partnerships at the universities with which he was connected . Bob taught at University of Alberta for more than 30 years including his time as the dean of education from 1983 to 1991. In 1992 he was persuaded to spend the concluding years of his professional career at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he served as dean of the McKay College of Education. Bob treasured the people he associated with in Alberta, Michigan, Utah, and at other universities around the world. A love of God was instilled in Bob by his mother and was evidenced throughout his life. He served as an altar boy in the Catholic Church in Fort Macleod. At age 18 he was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in many callings over the years including bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, stake patriarch, and temple president of the Alberta Edmonton Temple. Bob and Belva were also blessed to serve at the BYU Jerusalem Ceter for Near Eastern Studies where they lived for 15 months.
Bob lived a life full of service and charity for those around him. He was an example to many of Christ-like love. You could not be around Bob and not sense his deep conviction of the truthfulness of the restored gospel. The legacy that Bob leaves his posterity is one of testimony, service, generosity, kindness, good humor, and love.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, in Edmonton at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Riverbend Stake Centre at 14325 53rd Ave. The family was present prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The service commenced at p.m. Interment will be at the Orton Cemetery in Orton on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Bob’s name to the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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