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PATTERSON, Arthur Moxon

February 29, 1924 – Calgary, Alberta
December 26, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Art Patterson of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at the age of 94 years.

With deep sadness we announce the passing of Art Patterson. He led a great life and touched and influenced many people. Art was very devoted to his family and dearly loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved more than anyone or anything his wife of 60 years, Margaret, and missed her immensely over the past ten years since she passed away.

Art was born in Calgary and grew up in what became known as the Hart House above Sarcee Trail. He trained as a navigator during World War Two. Following the war he graduated as a Geological Engineer from the University of British Columbia. This led to a long and successful career as an exploration geologist in the oil business in Calgary. His first assignment was with Imperial Oil doing geological mapping of the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains from southern Alberta and British Columbia into the North West Territories. Transportation those summers was initially by horseback and packhorses, followed by early bush planes and finally helicopters. There are many colourful stories about friends, colleagues, pilots, and their adventures from those days that Art loved to tell!

His love of skiing and familiarity with helicopters led to the idea of helicopter skiing and to a long association with friends and guides at Canadian Mountain Holidays. He was very involved in ski touring and building the first huts along the Wapta Traverse.

Art and Margie both loved the mountains and were always creating family wilderness adventures, from Christmas at Halfway Hut, to camping in tipis up the Spray, to kayaking the Liard River in spring flood!

Art was also a major influence in the lives of many young people as a Cub Scout and Venturer Leader (perhaps as a means to keep his free-spirited son and friends occupied and out of trouble!).

With Margie he travelled thousands of miles either on skis or on foot or in a kayak or in their motorhome. Their passion at home was their lovely garden. Art was a skilled wood worker and in his later years built seven beautiful grandfather clocks for Margie, their children and grandchildren. Despite several major medical problems over his 94 years he kept his humour and optimistic attitude.

Art is predeceased by his first born son James Arthur and his wife Margaret Helen. Also predeceased by his dear friend and companion Donna Riback. He is survived by his children: Harry (Sarah), Mary (Paj), Susan and Joan; and grandchildren Luke (Chelsea), Nigel (Lynnea), Amelie (Brayden), Angela, Krista (Kam), Tessa (Ben), Ben (Tara), Jennifer (Alex); and six great-grandchildren Isla, Quinn, Keagan, Ella, Marla and Toriana.

We wish to thank friends and family for their caring and comfort, as well as the visits which Art always enjoyed. Thanks also to Swan Evergreen Assisted Living, South Campus Hospital, and especially the wonderful staff at the Bow Crest Care Centre.

A memorial celebration of life will take place at The Glencoe Club, 636 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
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In lieu of flowers, he expressed a wish for donations to be made to a charity or cause of your choice.

In living memory of Art Patterson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. To the Patterson family.
    I knew your Dad for many years, and always enjoyed the time our paths crossed. He is walking in the Alpine with Hans and many other great people. Best regards,
    Bob Krysak

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  2. Although our family never lived in Calgary I have many fond memories of Uncle R. My sincere condolences to Harry, Mary, Sue, and Joan and your families.

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  3. My condolences to the family. I admired
    Mr Patterson’s determination to live life to the fullest…he did not want to give in to ageing! I always looked forward to our weekly visits.

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  4. To the Patterson family,
    Your father/grandfather Art was a very interesting, intelligent, sociable, energetic, and genuine gentleman. We had the privilege of knowing him since 1986, when we purchased our condo at the Ptarmigan Inn at Big White Ski Resort. Art was our wonderful next door neighbour, and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting with him. He told great stories about his work as a geologist in remote areas around the world, his exploits as a skier and many adventures with CMH, and his family. We got to share meals, and were fortunate to celebrate his landmark 90th birthday with his friends and family. We will miss Art, but have many fond memories of this great man. Our sincere condolences,
    Christine and Gerry Whittaker, Kelowna, BC

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  5. Donna Kitchen White

    What a wonderful man, the twinkle in his eyes, the sincere interest he showed when sharing a conversation. His sense of humour, (he named my daughter “Arthurena”! Every visit with Arthur made the remainder of the day a better one. Loved him. To all of the Patterson family; I’m sorry you’ve lost Arthur. He was a gem, xoxoxo Donna Kitchen White

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  6. To Art’s Family All,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss. 40 years ago, our family was fortunate to move into a home backing onto the Patterson family home in Kelvin Grove. We so enjoyed our back yard/across the lane neighbours and found we had much in common, including our love of the outdoors. Years later, after Vic died, I always enjoyed meeting Art at mutual places of interest – including the Calgary Opera dinners. Art always brightened my day w/his lovely warm smile. Rest in Peace Art… made the world a better place.
    Marion Rogers

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  7. Marilyn (McFluffy) McFarlane

    Dear Mary and Paj (and Patterson family). I was very sorry to read the lose of your beloved father. He was quite an outstanding gentleman! Hugs my dear friend.

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  8. Pierre Lemire and Wendy Edge

    We are sad to hear of Art’s passing and our thoughts with are with you. We cherish the memory of Art gliding through the fresh powder.

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  9. We didn’t see Art often, only when he came east to see his old friend Ken. Always great to see them come through the door, we’ll miss him.

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  10. Carol & David Morrison

    We’re very Soto hear of your Father’s passing. I remember him as a great ski enthusiast.

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  11. Sorry this msg. Is a little late…My name is Keith , and I worked for many years at Snowshoe Sams at. Big White Ski Resort, where I had the privilege of meeting and serving Mr. Patterson, He always made a point of coming to Sams for Dinner , Quite often on his Birthday , usually with one or two of his ski buddies or with family. He always asked to sit in my section and we would have a wonderful 2-3hours of catching up , with stories of his adventures , stories about skiing, and lots of laughs.! He was always ,always in a good mood , was quick with a smile and sincerely glad to see me.! I am now retired from Sams , but I have lots of great memories of great people, like Art Patterson..! I will always remember his kind and smiling face …

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  12. Sheila and Pat Smith

    Harry, Mary, Susan and Joanie. Pat and I were so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I have many fond memories of him working in his woodshop on Kelsey Place and evenings spent in his and your Mom’s lovely back yard. Your family will always hold a special place in my heart.

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