Roy Patterson Jr., 83, shoe repairman, teacher

April 22, 2005

Roy Patterson Jr., a shoe repairer who also taught in Baltimore vocational schools, died of heart failure Sunday at Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum. The longtime Pasadena resident was 83.

Mr. Patterson was born in Nashville, Tenn., and as a child moved with his family to Baltimore's Fulton Avenue. He attended Douglass High School and began learning shoe repair as a teenager.

He worked until the early 1940s for an uncle who had a shoe repair shop, then opened Roy's Shoe Service in the 1600 block of E. North Ave. He sold the business in the early 1960s.

After earning his General Educational Development diploma and completing several college equivalency courses, he taught shoe repair and floor covering at Samuel Gompers General Vocational School and Lake Clifton High School for 12 years until retiring in 1983.

Mr. Patterson also drove a taxi for many years for Yellow Cab Co.

He moved his family to Pasadena in 1956, to a home that he had designed and built himself.

"This accomplishment was a great source of pride for him," said a daughter, Carolyn V. Ladeji of Baltimore.

Mr. Patterson was a founding member of the Baltimore Ethical Society.

He enjoyed bowling at Bowl American on Ritchie Highway and was a member of several Glen Burnie leagues. He also was a gold medalist in bowling in the Maryland Senior Olympics, family members said.

Mr. Patterson's wife of 63 years, the former Ophelia Rebecca Gilchrist, died in 2004.

Surviving, in addition to his daughter, are another daughter, Dale S. Patterson of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a brother, William E. Patterson of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services are private.

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