In Memoriam: John Patten
Originally posted by Doug Lyons to the 22nd MVI Facebook page. Photo credit: Carolyn DiMeo.
Members of the 22nd Mass and USSC ... it is with an extraordinarily heavy heart that I must report the sudden passing of our very good friend John Patten late yesterday.John was a man with a very thoughtful nature who came to us to support his son Matt in re-enacting with no intention of joining. Well, he hopped in at the first drill and did not look back; diving head long into the hobby.We all know John as the unofficial unit historian - his many visits to the state archives shed more than a little light on the history of the 22nd. His curi
ous nature was shared with all and helped us all understand a but more about the 22nd and it's proud history.Most importantly, though, John was a very loving husband and devoted father of a young daughter and two bright sons. Matt is of course known by all in the unit and those of thus that have been around for a couple years have had the honor of seeing him mature into a fine young man.I spoke with his wife Lauren this afternoon and she urged the 22nd to forge ahead with our plans for the weekend feeling this would be a most appropriate way to honor John. Matt has requested that we honor John with a salute; which we will most certainly do at the event.Please take a moment this evening to remember John in a manner that is most appropriate to you and also do the same for Lauren and the kids.Memorial service information will be passed along as it becomes available.
Update: Wake: 4-8 pm on Friday June 28 at Healy Funeral Home, 57 North Main St., Westford MA Memorial Mass at 8 AM Saturday June 29 at St. John's, 80 Union St., Clinton MA
John will be sorely missed.