Patricia Ann Paterson
January 7, 1948 - June 26, 2021
of Bracebridge and formerly Gravenhurst, Ontario
Passed away peacefully at the Mariposa Hospice in Orillia, with her family by her side. Patricia was born in Aberdeen, Scotland to Bill and Elva Paterson. Upon leaving the forces, her parents moved to Moncton, NB. Patricia graduated with a Bachelor of Education from University of New Brunswick, taught school for one year in Moncton, then left for the “big city” of Toronto at 20 years old!
After teaching for over 30 years in Toronto at Brockton High School and Eastern High School of Commerce, and marrying the woodworking instructor at Brockton High, retirement was thoroughly enjoyed at their cottage/home on Raey Lake in Gravenhurst, ON. Swimming, gardening, golfing, bridge, golfing, bridge and more golfing!... consumed the days, but she still found time for volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Society in the District of Muskoka, as well as keeping in touch with her six nieces and nephews! They appreciated her educational expectations, her and Peter’s investment advice, her golf lessons, (she couldn’t understand why they didn’t want Bridge lessons!), their summer visits, and especially her rhubarb crisp! Thank you, Aunt Patricia.
In earlier years, she and Peter travelled in their Westfalia camper across Canada and around the perimeter of the US; then extensively in Asia, Europe, and Russia; later, with friends and family to China, Africa, and Bermuda. Patricia attended Tai Chi for many years in Bracebridge. She wintered in Ruskin and in Sun City Centre, Florida, continuing Tai Chi, golf and bridge with her southern friends!
Patricia is survived by her sister Sandra (Gary) Nickerson of New Brunswick and her brother Brian (Susan) of Nova Scotia, as well as nieces and nephews She is predeceased by her parents, husband Peter Grabowski, and brother James.
A special thank you to the staff of Mariposa Hospice of Orillia. They are the angels who surrounded her when most needed. Also, thanks to special friends always there to help out with groceries, cooking, driving, and being present. A huge thank you to her sister and brother for everything!!
Donations would be welcomed to the “Patricia Fund” of the Muskoka Community Foundation http://muskokacommunityfoundation.ca/ , which will help women further their education or help in any way needed; Mariposa House Hospice https://www.mariposahousehospice.com/ ; Alzheimer’s Society https://alzheimer.ca/muskoka/en ; or any organization of choice and can be arranged through Reynolds Funeral Home.
There will be a Graveside Service at the Mickle Memorial Cemetery in Gravenhurst on Wednesday, July 7 at 3 pm. Please carefully read and follow the registration requirements below in order to attend.
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