Kenai resident Michael Patterson died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, after a brief battle with pneumonia at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 49.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Hwy in Kenai.
Mr. Patterson was born Oct. 3, 1957, to Robert and Rose Patterson in Anchorage where he was raised. In the 1980s Michael had worked as a grocery store manager for Carrs in Dutch Harbor and Anchorage. He also was the manager of Save-U-More throughout Alaska during the 1990s until 2000 when he opened Lucky Raven Tobacco Store in Soldotna. He continued working and in 2005 became the owner of the Sedona Florist Shop in Soldotna.
“Ever since he turned 18-years-old he was a hard worker. One remarkable trade that Michael possessed was that he was an extremely generous person. He would donate anonymously to charities that were close to his heart. His thought was when you give, it needs to make a difference. Michael was an active outdoorsman who enjoyed kayaking and hiking. He was also a car enthusiast especially for hot rods and corvettes. His love for fast cars had left a paper trail, but if it didn’t go 120 mph the car wasn’t worth it. Michael also had a love for Europe especially the countries in the Mediterranean, France, Spain and Italy. His goal was to live part time in Europe. Michael was a quiet, sincere, honest, strong and generous person. He worked many hours to take care of his family. Michael was a private man and although he appeared stoic, those who knew him knew of his warmth, compassion and love. He was secretly hilarious,” his family said.
Mr. Patterson was preceded in death by his father, Robert Wilbur Patterson.
He is survived by his wife of five years Patricia Patterson of Kenai; stepson, Ben Cantil of Boston, Mass.; and stepdaughter, Isabel Cantil of Ashland, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington, 5130 40th Avenue N.E., Seattle, WA 98105.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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