Obituary: Mr Ron Patterson

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A WELL-KNOWN Arbroath businessman died at his home, Five Gables, Dundee Road, on Sunday following a short illness.

Ronald (known to everyone as Ron) Patterson was 72 years of age. The funeral service will take place today (Friday) in Old and Abbey Church.

Ron was born in London, but it was an accident of geography as his father was on national service in the English capital at the time and the Pattersons can trace their lineage back for six generation in Arbroath and Angus.

Before he was a year old the family returned to Arbroath and Ron went to Inverbrothock Primary School and Arbroath High School. During their period he was an enthusiastic member of the local Sea Cadet unit.

On leaving school he worked with Reekie Aerial Installers for a short time before the call of the sea became too strong. He joined the Merchant Marine and served for seven years, visiting many exciting parts of the world during this time.

He returned to Arbroath in 1963 and joined the Fire Brigade in the town. He eventually retired in 1993 after 30 years’ service.

In October, 1966, he married Grace Sibbald at a ceremony in Glasgow and that same year they opened their first business, Grace Patterson’s, at 45 High Street selling sweets, toys and fancy goods.

The business expanded over the years until there were three shops and the Five Gables bed and breakfast. When Ron retired from the fire service he decided to convert his home, the former clubhouse of Arbroath Golf Club, into a bed and breakfast establishment. He also worked as a driver with David Mackay Funeral Directors.

He was a member of Newgate Bowling Club and of Arbroath Artisan Golf Club and had only recently joined Lodge St Thomas (No. 40).

Ron and Grace’s only daughter, Susan, suffered from Spina Bifida and had to use a wheelchair to get around. She died in May of last year aged 43.

Ron is survived by his wife, Grace, and sons, Ronnie (42) and Garry (41). There are three grandchildren.