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Matthew Turnbull Morton Paterson

September 13, 2012
The Leader Herald

Mr. Matthew Turnbull Morton Paterson, 75, of Caroga Lake, N.Y., passed away on September 12, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Matt was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 13, 1936, to William Paterson and Janet Turnbull Paterson. He spent his early childhood in the small town of Kilmarnock in Scotland by the Irish Sea. At age 14, along with his parents, he moved to the United States. At age 17, he joined the United States Air Force and served 12 years as a radar operator and a Non-Commissioned Officer at various assignments in South Korea, Japan, Spain and the United States. After his Honorable Discharge from the Air Force, he took over his father's small business and became president of Paterson Supply Inc. He later went on to run Conestoga Americana Inc. as the sole proprietor. Matt lived in New Hartford, Frankfort, and Utica before retiring to Caroga Lake, N.Y. His business headquarters were located in Utica and Marcy, N.Y. Matt was an avid hockey fan and was invested as a part owner of the Utica Mohawks Hockey Club from 1978-1980. He was a member of the Ziyara Shrine and of Westminster Presbyterian Church, both in Utica. Those who knew Matt knew him to be a proud father with strong convictions and belief in his country and family.



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