passed, Aug 4, 2014, at 81 years of age. Pre-deceased by his son Glen, he is survived by loving partner Linda Kawinsky, daughter, Lynn Patterson granddaughters Devon and Shelby Foote, great great-granddaughters Abi and Anna, sister Marion Ryan of Langley, John and Jean Patterson of Slocan, and Bob Patterson of Nakusp.
Buster and family moved from Nakusp to Terrace in 1969, and it became his home forever. Employed by Canadian Cellulose and its future company changes. Buster supervised some 1,100Km of roads from Hazelton, through the Cranberry Junction and down towards Kitimat. He was
responsible for the maintenance of bridges and roads.
He was born in Fort St. John, to parents Neil and Hazel
Patterson. The Patterson’s were a family of 12 children. His father Neil was a settler in the Woodcock area during the 1920s for a period, and the family eventually settled in the Arrow Lakes district. He told us, through the generosity of his siblings, many having entered the army, that the younger children afforded some of life’s comforts. He was always a generous person to his family.
Buster spent a very important part of his youth in the army, achieving the rank of Trooper, Honourably Released in 1959. He attended Fort Knox for instruction of “Armor Track Vehicle Maintenance”. He achieved the highest mark in the then 13 year history of the course. He would later use those skills maintaining the equipment at the Skeena Valley Golf Course.
There were a few places where Buster frequented. The Royal Canadian Legion for “pool and meat draw”, the Happy Gang Centre for billiards in the basement and the “full meal deal” lunch on Fridays, always opting for the beef barley soup, and Tuesdays at BPs for pasta night. Buster was, if anything, a person who enjoyed his routine.
His greatest love was golf. Buster loved it so much he took a job maintaining the Skeena Valley Golf Course. Particular in his work ethic and instruction, he was always happy to get up at 4am to water the tees and greens. We will think of him as “gone golfing”.
Thank you to Dr. Strydom, Darcy, and the compassionate staff of Mills Memorial, and Prince George hospitals.
All family and friends are invited to attend the Terrace Legion – Legion Tribute Aug. 14th, at 5:00 pm and a Celebration of Life at the Skeena Valley Golf & Country Club Sept. 12 at 5:00pm. The family would like anyone wishing to golf to book a tee time, in memory of Buster. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.