Jack G.'s Story
Jack G. Paterson, 94, of Lewiston, passed away on December 14, 2017 at Our Lady of Peace. Born in Toronto, Canada to William E. and Kathleen (Brown) Paterson on August 9, 1923.
Jack came to Niagara Falls, NY at an early age with his family. He attended public schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1941. A decorated veteran, he served with the US Army in England, France, Belgium, and Germany as a member of the 106th and 35th Infantry Divisions during World War II. He was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sgt., in 1945. In 1947, he married Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Hatfield who sadly predeceased him in 1977.
Jack was a member of the Niagara Falls Fire Department for several years in the early 1950's. He joined the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union #129 in 1956. While in construction he worked on three of the largest building projects in the country. The Robert Moses Power Plant at Lewiston in the late 1950's, the NASA Launch facilities at Cape Canaveral, FL., in the 1950's, and the TransAlaska Pipeline at Prudhoe Bay in the 1970's. He retired in 1985 and moved to Bradenton, FL., where he enjoyed two of his favorite sports, swimming and golf. While golfing, he realized an amateur golfer's dream by scoring a 191 yard hole in one. He returned to Lewiston in 2005.
He is survived by four daughters, Janice Paterson and Pamela (Chris) Myers, both of Sanford, NC., Joan (William) Hampton of Nashville, TN., and Laura (Gerald) Imerese, of Lewiston, NY; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife, Betty, three brothers, William, Keith, and Lloyd, and his daughter Barbara (John) McCoy.
Jack has chosen to donate his body to the University of Buffalo Medical School for teaching and research purposes, after which he will be cremated and his remains returned to the family to be placed beside his beloved Betty at the family plot at Riverdale Cemetery in Lewiston. There will be no prior visitation or services.
Published on December 15, 2017