Alfred Ray PatteDecember 23, 2014
Patte, Al (Alfred Ray)
Surrounded by the love of his family and caregivers, Al passed away peacefully and gently at Fenelon Court Long Term Care Facility on December 23rd, 2014 at 4:30 pm. He was 86. Left to mourn are Edie, his wife of 65 years, children Karen Leighton (Washbrook), Alan Patte and Samara-Lynne Navi, grandchildren Jeff Washbrook (Courtney), Jenna Washbrook (Mike Zack), Jordan Mandel (Laura), Ayla Mandel and Taylor Navi and great grandchildren Brody and Cooper Washbrook and Cadence Rose Mandel. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Trueman Nash (the late Betty) and many nieces and nephews. Al will be greatly missed but we take comfort in knowing that he is now free from the after-effects of a major stroke three years ago, and is safe in the arms of Heaven’s Angels where there is no more suffering. He is now in peace and we take solace from that. Al was the youngest and last surviving child of Alfred Patte and Lena Smith. He was predeceased by brothers Fred (Dorothy) and Ted (Lois) and sisters Helen Patte and Dorothy Boland. Al was born during the depression years, graduated from the school of hard knocks and through persistence and hard work became a successful businessman. He was a Mason and Shriner, and was Chairman of the Board of several successful mining ventures. He was awarded a Life Membership in the Prospector’s Association for his contribution to prospecting in Ontario. He took great joy and pride in his retirement years in mentoring other young men, and young women, in business matters which led to their success. Al spent the years since his stroke in the care of Fenelon Court Long Term Care in Fenelon Falls. There aren’t words to adequately describe the compassionate and TLC he constantly received from all staff, directly and indirectly. A special love flowed back and forth between Al and his Personal Support Workers and Nurses who worked so patiently and lovingly to keep him comfortable, and to help him retain his dignity even when the situation was not very dignified. They are truly the Angels who walk amongst us, and our family will be forever grateful to them and all Fenelon Court staff for taking such good care of Al when it was too much for us. Cremation has taken place. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery in Thornhill, On. Flowers gratefully declined. Arrangements entrusted to Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Centre. Online condolences may be made at www.parkerfuneralhome.ca. Al believed and lived by the Boy’s Club motto that “no man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” If you wish to honour Al with a memorial donation, please consider Sleeping Children Around the World, 28 Pinehurst Cr., Toronto M9A 3A5, or other children’s charities. Al has now crossed the Rainbow Bridge where his canine buddy Barney has been waiting for him, and they are now together forever. There will be a casual “come-as-you-are” gathering of family and friends on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Salvation Army Citadel, 42 Bond Street West, Fenelon Falls. Please join us and bring your memories and stories.
Celebration of Life: Saturday, January 10th, 2015
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Salvation Army Citadel
42 Bond Street West, Fenelon Falls
or other children’s charities