Capt. Robert E. Patterson

Capt. Robert E. Patterson

September 20th, 1932 January 29th, 2020

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Obituary for Capt. Robert E. Patterson

PATTERSON, Capt. Robert E. of Arlington January 29. Beloved husband of Maureen (Zanfani) for 65 years. Loving father of Robert Patterson Jr. and his wife Belle, Nancy Crowley and her husband Tom, Michael Patterson and his wife Jennifer. Loving grandfather of Corey, Jeremy Patterson, Katherine, Caroline, Grace and Brian Crowley and Zhara Patterson. Dear brother of Dr. Wilfred Patterson and his wife Stacy and the late Kenneth Patterson. Funeral from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St. (Rt.60, adjacent to St. Agnes Church), ARLINGTON on Monday at 9 am. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Eulalia's Church, Winchester at 10 am. Relatives and friends invited. Visitation Sunday, 2-6 pm. Burial in Mount Auburn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to Arlington Friends of the Drama, 22 Academy Street, Arlington, MA 02474. Former Captain for Delta Airlines and Air Force veteran of the Korean War. For directions or to send a condolence, visit

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Arlington
    5 Chestnut St.
    Arlington, MA
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    Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
    2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saint Eulalia's Church
    50 Ridge Street
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    Monday, February 3rd, 2020
  • Interment

    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    580 Mount Auburn Street
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Stephen Ford

To the Patterson Family,
I was so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I knew Bob from DaVita dialysis. We would all share in conversation in the lobby while waiting for our treatments. He would share about his grandchildren and you could tell the pride he had for them and his family.
He will be missed and I will miss his greeting and also seeing the family. I sat in the first seat when you entered the treatment area and he would always stop to say hello and ask how I was doing.
My sincere sympathy to your family.
Comment | Posted at 05:25pm via Condolence

Jane Dobisz

Dear Maureen, Nancy, Bobby, Michael, and all your families, We are deeply sorry about the loss of your dear Bob. He was just an excellent person of great integrity, intelligence, kindness, and wonderful sense of humor. I always loved seeing him at all the family gatherings. He took such pride in his family, and loved seeing his grandkids up on the stage singing, dancing and acting. Watching Bob with you Maureen, it was so clear what a strong marriage and true partnership you had. You are all blessed to have had such a high-class man in your lives! Sending you all our love and prayers at this most difficult time. Love the Dobisz Family
Comment | Posted at 07:55pm via Condolence


I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Patterson family. May those precious memories of your dear loved one Robert be foremost in your hearts and minds along with this wonderful promise that our creator makes to us at Revelation 21:4 and the marvelous guarantee in verse 5. Again, my sincere condolences.
Comment | Posted at 08:52pm via Condolence

Janet Jameson Richardson

Dear Maureen and family,
I am saddened to learn of Bob's passing. He was truly "the BEST of the best"!
I worked with Bob at the Delta Pilot base in Boston.He frequently stopped by the office to share loving stories about his family.
Also, I'll always remember the excitement in his voice as he told me about his volunteer work at The Performing Arts Theater in Arlington. He was so proud of his work building "staging sets" for many of the theaters performances.
I feel especially blessed to have known Bob. He was always a true gentleman and will be greatly missed.
Comment | Posted at 01:56am via Condolence

Walt Lacey

A wonderful guy to fly with and an absolute gentleman! My condolences to his loved ones.
Comment | Posted at 10:28pm via Condolence

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