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.
Matt is survived by his wife of 18 years, Mary Lou Paterson, of Caroga Lake, N.Y. He is also survived by his sons, Mark (Lianne) Paterson of Arlington Heights, Ill. and Eric Paterson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his daughter, Inga (Luis) Zuniga of West Orange, N.J.; his son, Bruce Paterson of Utica, N.Y.; and his daughter, Jill (Heath) King of Fayetteville, N.C. He is also survived by seven grandsons; one granddaughter; three nephews, and two nieces. He was predeceased by his oldest son, Brian Paterson; and his sisters, Alice Gleason and Eileen Burns.
In keeping with his wishes, there are no calling hours, but a memorial service will be held at the North Bush United Methodist Church in Johnstown, N.Y. on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Kathy Reese officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Military honors will be presented by the U.S. Air Force. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org by mail to: Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or by calling 1-800-272-0900. The family would like to especially thank the wonderful staff at the St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for their loving care and compassion.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, NY. To offer an online message of sympathy please go to www.eneafamily.com. The family is being cared for by John P. Lewandowki, funeral director.