A prominent Wallaceburg businessman, who worked in the local automotive dealership industry for over 40 years, has died.
David Patterson died on Thursday at the age of 63.
Patterson was the third generation owner and operator of Patterson Motors in Wallaceburg, working there for over 43 years.
He was also a longtime member of the Kinsmen, a member of the Wallaceburg Power Squadron and a past commander.
Patterson is survived by his wife Bonnie, daughter Melissa, son Brad, and many other family members and friends.
Patterson was remembered by many local individuals as a caring family man and top-notch business owner.
“You were a great boss and a great person,” wrote Matt Wilbur on Facebook. “You always set a great example and were willing to help anyone in need. You will be sadly missed, and always remembered.”
“Dave was a great guy,” wrote Dan Vermast on a tribute wall setup for Patterson. “Bought my first car 40 years ago. I will (be) a Mopar guy always.”
“Wallaceburg has lost one of its best,” wrote Austin Hockin. “I remember David (out) trying to sell cars before he was out of school and always a pleasant person to deal with.”
“He was such a wonderful, kind and sincere man,” wrote Deb and Joe Corby. “He always had a smile and he will be truly missed by many.”
A visitation will take place at the Nicholls Funeral Home in Wallaceburg on Friday, August 28, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 29 from the chapel of the funeral home at 11 a.m.
Photo: Dave handing over the keys to a new car to M. Small.