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WARREN RAE PATTERSON
Born: Jul 11, 1949
Date of Passing: Jul 13, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
WARREN RAE PATTERSON
July 11, 1949 July 13, 2021
He will be sadly missed by his wife Linda and daughter Mindy, as well as his three younger sisters, Jill (Terry) Allard, Coleen (Guy) Dufault and Pam (Allan) McCaffrey. Also left to mourn is his niece Diana (Dave) and his nephews, Derek (Ashley), Dan (Courtney), Tom (Vanessa) and Michael (Alana). He was predeceased by his parents, Warren (Tim) and Ina Patterson.
Warren was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta - a genetic bone disorder. He spent the majority of his first 16 years in and out of The Shriners Hospital, where he received care, and met his future wife, Linda, who had also been a patient during that time. Despite these life challenges never once did Warren let his disability define him. He was a fighter. He constantly challenged the status quo and was never willing to accept that he should have fewer opportunities because of his disability.
Warren joined various social committees to advocate for persons with disabilities and played a pivotal role in creating an accessible province. He was part of a team who successfully formalized the official parking permit legislation in Manitoba, had ramps installed in various locations, and changed the systems in place to ease transition for persons with disabilities into post-secondary schools and the workforce. Warren was never afraid to let his voice be heard and with this attitude he influenced change and inspired many of those he met along the way.
In 1976, Warren began working as a Fisheries Technician with the Province of Manitoba Fisheries Department where he worked for most of his adult life. There he re-met his wife, Linda, and five years later on September 19, 1981 they were married. Warren had many passions in life, one of them being music. He was always quick to share a song or a story about his favourite band, The Beatles. He intuitively knew how to set the right mood with his music so it was only natural that he worked as a music man for many years playing at various social events around the city, with his own business, PatterSound. Warren also loved to travel, he got his driver's license and had the opportunity to go on several road trips. He saw Canada from coast to coast, as well as travelled throughout much of the United States. He was passionate about many things but family was his number one. In 1991, his desire to become a father came true when an eight month old baby girl came into their lives. From that moment on he became a very proud and protective father.
Warren lived a full life. For the last 30 years he, Linda and their daughter Mindy spent most of their summers at their family cottage in Matlock, MB, where he played a large part in the community and made many lifelong friends. You could often find him socializing at the beach, having a drink on his deck, or making his rounds visiting friends at their cabins. He always had a love for meeting and entertaining people from all walks of life.
Warren, your vivacity, energy, determination, humour, strength, wisdom, and so much more will forever be missed. Thank you for all the happy memories you have brought to our lives. "Here's to you".
As per Warren's wishes cremation has taken place. There will be a service to follow at Thomson "In the Park" at a later date pending on Covid restrictions
We would like to send a very special thank you to Dr. J. Brian Sharkey for his many years of care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Society of Manitoba.
THOMSON "IN THE PARK"
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021
Condolences & Memories (18 entries)
It has taken me a while to write this note – how can one best to say good-bye to a longtime friend. I first met Warren 44 years ago when I started working at the Provincial Fisheries office in Winnipeg. I cannot remember exactly how long it took to meet Warren, but knowing how much he liked to meet and converse with just about everyone, it could not have been too long. His obituary notice truly captured the essence of his character. One could not help but admire his positive outlook on life despite the many challenges he endured due to his Osteogenesis Imperfecta condition. Now add the myriad of experiences he had with multitudes of people over the years and one can understand how much of an endearing impact, influence, and affect he had on all of us that knew him. I will always cherish the memories from those 44 years; from the fun days of his PatterSound music man business, to his getting a driving licence, to our conversations about anything and everything. The PatterSound days were very special times for me because I got to meet and have a blast with many of his family and friends at various functions where he was the music man. Warren was just that kind of person (magnetic personality) that could draw people from all walks of life to enjoy each other’s company. His enthusiasm and ear for music amazed me – one time I was playing a record and he actually heard the song’s tempo was ever so slightly out. The fine adjustment on the turntable speed was out-of-whack by a miniscule, but he could still pick that up where most of us would not even notice. Warren was not one to let moss grow under his feet when it came to being up to date on technology. How many of us saw his photographic prowess in regular and 3-D photography as well as 3-D TV. Good bye to our conversations Warren, but my memories of the good times and positive vibes you espoused will always be there. - Posted by: David Green (Longtime friend) on: Aug 07, 2021
My condolences to the Patterson family. I have such great memories from Ingolf when Warren would teach us card tricks and take us water-skiing. He was such an inspiration to me when I was growing up, and he will be missed. RIP - Posted by: Joan (Vanderpont) Rafter (Family friend) on: Aug 06, 2021
I knew Warren when we first met at 1010 Sinclair in the mid 70's. He was always upbeat and friendly and was a pleasure to be around during my time there. Over the years we met again from time to time and I always said hello and he would update me on life and those we knew. He has always been someone I looked forward to seeing whenever the chance came. I am sorry to hear of his passing but was happy to know he had such a long life with family and friends and his work-life too. I know you will miss him, and send you my prayers for strength and peace through the hard times until the happy memories replace the sad days. - Posted by: Monique Aquin Graboski (Past friend) on: Aug 03, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family. I met Warren when we where both in Shriner's Hospital. He was an amazing man. Always had a smile. - Posted by: Doreen Little (Brydges) (Friend in Shriners Hosp) on: Aug 02, 2021
As a family I have many memories of happy times with Warren. During scavenger hunters at West Hawk Lake, social events @ Tim & Ian's, dress up parties @ Carman, Mb. Where Warren was never excluded, he was drag in his wheelchair thru many obstacles, dangers & laughing events. I've always viewed Warren for his life challenges as a beacon to do better in my life when I had physical difficulties to get thru. He will be missed for his determination, dedication & love of life and family dedication. - Posted by: Dick & Arleen Knowles (Cousin) on: Jul 29, 2021
Great guy always friendly and fun to talk to. - Posted by: Frank (Friend and barber) on: Jul 28, 2021
I was well-acquainted with Warren when he was a fisheries technician working across the hall in government offices at 1495 St. James Street. He always had lots of good stories to tell and was a great listener as well. Obviously, he enjoyed life and lived a full one in spite of his early health problems. I missed the likes of him and others (Peter Z.) when I moved on to Saulteaux Cres. and retired from there. My condolences to Linda and Mindy. Merlin - Posted by: Merlin Shoesmith (Acquaintance, friend and oc-worker in Manitoba Conservation) on: Jul 26, 2021
Warren was an incredible man. I will always remember his sense of humour and genuine interest in everything. He lived a full life and will be sadly missed. My deepest condolences to all of his family. Donna - Posted by: Donna (Cousin) on: Jul 25, 2021
I had the pleasure and fortune of meeting Warren about 6 years ago when we became neighbors as I moved onto the bay. Warren came over, introduced himself with his ear to ear smile and struck up a friendly and intelligent conversation. He spoke proudly of his daughter and his wife and had much to share. He always had a smile and a zest for life. Springtime, he eagerly encouraged me to "get that nice looking BMW convertible on the road!" Now, I always think of Warren when I fire it up but it's not the same, sadly. Warren, you were an amazing and uplifting person and our Bay misses you and your vivacious personality greatly! Thank you for sharing your exuberant livliness with us all. Your impact will never be forgotten! Rest easy my friend. - Posted by: Janice Urbanski (Neighbor and friend ja) on: Jul 25, 2021
I will miss Warren's friendship and zest for life. He was a living example of doing well with what he had, rather than sitting back and whining about what he didn't have, or wished he had. Cheers Nelson - Posted by: NelsonRoss-Harms (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2021
Linda and Mindy - We want to let you know how sad we are to hear about the passing of Warren. We loved him so much, he will always be in our hearts. I always loved our roll/stroll around the bay, our beer/wine on the front step. And always our conversations about everything and anything. Our thoughts and prayers are you both Love Brian, Janine - Posted by: Brian and Janine Keen (Friends) on: Jul 24, 2021
Linda, Jill, Colleen, Pam and family members, we are so sorry to hear about Warren's passing. We have memories of barge rides, his many stories and lake time with everyone. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time. Kevin and Barbara - Posted by: Barbara Verschoore (Family friend ) on: Jul 24, 2021
I know how much Mindy loved her Dad and know how much it hurts when we lose a loved one and father. Here for you … sending ❤️ Jo-Anne - Posted by: JoAnne Lowenberger (Friend of Mindy) on: Jul 24, 2021
My most sincere condolences to Linda, Mindy, and all of Warren’s family. Growing up, I was always in awe of the stories of Warren’s strength and humour. I hope all your happy memories of Warren help you through these tough times. Hugs to you all! - Posted by: Penny Ceppetelli (Cousin) on: Jul 24, 2021
To the Family, Warren was my childhood best friend's older brother. I remember him as a fun, dynamic, energetic guy. Colleen, Guy and family thoughts are with you, my deepest condolences. Janice (Wait) Pound - Posted by: Janice Pound (acquaintance) on: Jul 24, 2021
Condolences to all of Warrens family and friends. I met Warren many years ago through my sister, Linda Romanoff. Over the years we enjoyed many fun get togethers and it was always a pleasure having interesting and humorous conversations with Warren I am saddened to learn of Warrens passing. He will be missed. Sharon Romanoff - Posted by: Sharon Romanoff (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2021
Linda and Mindy: Sending heartfelt condolences to you both, as well as all of Warren’s sisters and families, on your loss. Warren was nothing short of amazing, and one of the most fun people I’ve had the pleasure to be around. His quick wit and the twinkle in his eye as he told stories will live on in my heart, and I’m sure in many many more people’s hearts as well. Love, Yvonne - Posted by: Yvonne Dopson (Cousin) on: Jul 24, 2021
Warren has been a friend for over 40 years. He introduced me to my husband David. He could be funny, tell a great story or inform you of any info required about music. I wish he was still round to try to cheer me up. To Linda and Mindy I send you my deep affection and wish you find happiness in your memories of Warren. Leslie - Posted by: Leslie Green (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2021
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