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Douglas V. Patterson, Sr.

July 29, 2023

Douglas V. Patterson, Sr., 93, of Clayton passed away Saturday afternoon, July 29, 2023, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Doug was born in Clayton June 2, 1930, son of Harry V. and Luella A. "Nellie" Searles Patterson and he graduated from Clayton High School. He entered the US Air Force in 1950, serving with the 637th AC&W Squadron. He was honorably discharged in 1954.

On March 13, 1955 he married Mildred May Card at the LaFargeville Methodist Church with Revs. Clayton Stoddard and Robert Malabar officiating. Millie died May 11, 2019.

Doug was a delivery driver for Sealtest Ice Cream, worked in maintenance for the Town of Clayton, and helped Harry Bazinett working on several islands. He retired from Frink SnoPlow as a welder after serving the company for 27 years. He also did work for the Green Thumb Project.

Doug was a former member of Clayton First Baptist Church, River Community Church, and currently was a member of Alexandria Bay Baptist Church. He was a member of the Clayton Lions Club and American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821. He enjoyed working on the islands, especially on Grindstone and Whiskey Islands, boat rides, traveling with his wife, Millie, and he collected lighthouses. Doug's greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by son Douglas V. Patterson, Jr. and wife Sabrina, Sharon Grove, KY; daughter Candace M. Martilotta, Clayton; three grandchildren, Katherine Patterson, Samantha Rackcliffe, and Michaela Finch; seven great grandchildren who called him "Grandpa Grape"; sister Rehba P. Clarke, Watertown; four nieces and several cousins. Along with his parents and wife, Doug was predeceased by son-in-law Thomas H. Martilotta, Sr., brother and his wife Burton R. and Rae H. Patterson, brother-in-law William F. Clarke, and one niece.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, August 5, at the Alexandria Bay Baptist Church from 9 - 11AM followed by the funeral service at 11AM with Pastor Bob Bausum presiding. Burial will be in Clayton Cemetery will be at his family's convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to Doug's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to the Alexandria Bay Baptist Church, 41 Bolton Ave., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.


#20 Alice Jean Phillips 2023-09-04 17:14
My deepest sympathies to Doug's family and friends. He was a very kind man that I enjoyed talking to and reminiscing about the Thousand Islands. I will remember our conversations forever.
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#19 Tom Sanford 2023-08-16 13:29
Doug Jr. & Candy Sorry, to hear of your Dad passing, he was one of the good guys. We had something we both enjoyed. The Red Sox!!!
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#18 John Carol DeForest 2023-08-13 15:25
Doug Jr., Candy and Family
May God give you peace and comfort at this time. What a blessing to us to have been friends with Doug and Millie. He has perfect health now and joined again with Millie.
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#17 John Carol DeForest 2023-08-13 15:19
Doug Jr., Candy and Family
Our condolences and prayers on Doug's homegoing. It is a sad time for you but happy time he is in Glory and has perfect health now. We have been blessed with your family's friendship over the years. May God give you peace and comfort.
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#16 Gib and Sue Streets 2023-08-07 05:20
Candy, Doug and family,
We're sorry for your loss of Doug. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed his stories. Please take care and know our thoughts are with you. Gib and Sue
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#15 Doreen Meeks 2023-08-05 15:48
My prayers are with all of you at this time of sadness, but also contentment, knowing he is now with Millie, free from all worries, pain and sorrow .
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#14 mary green 2023-08-02 23:11
very sorry for your loss.May your memories help you through this difficult time!

Marshall and Mary
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#13 Andrew Bazinet 2023-08-02 17:20
My condolences to the family and friends of Doug. Doug and Harry were a great team and I have many wonderful memories going to work with them on the islands. RIP Doug.
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#12 Betty and Cliff Rose 2023-08-02 11:42
our condolences for the passing of your dad.. he and millie were such good friends of ours, but i know we will see them once again, for eternity, with the loved ones who have passed before. God bless
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#11 Bill Breitenbuecher 2023-08-02 07:47
My sympathies to your family. I have fond memories of both Doug and Millie from my years as organist at the Baptist church. They were wonderful people. My thoughts are with you.
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