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February 10, 2013

William 'Bill' Patrick

TRAVERSE CITY — William "Bill" Patrick, 72, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Bill was born on May 13, 1940, in Detroit, to the late Thomas and Arbutus (Deadman) Patrick.

The family moved to Cedarville when he was very young and then to Traverse City when he was in grade school. Bill was a 1958 graduate of Traverse City High School, where he excelled in athletics, including baseball, basketball and football. He then attended the University of Michigan, where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees, and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

While in college he met and married his wife of almost 50 years, Anne Louise Pigman. They were married in Downers Grove, Ill., on Aug. 24, 1963.

Bill started his career at General Electric, working in marketing for both the television (Portsmouth, Va.) and the home and laundry (Louisville, Ky.) divisions. He then went on to work for American Tourister (Warren, R.I.) before moving back to his home town of Traverse City in 1983, where he finished his career as a manager for Real Estate One.

A sports enthusiast, Bill enjoyed attending and watching sporting events, especially the Detroit Tigers. He also was a regular on the Crown golf course and enjoyed sharing his love for golf, fishing and baseball with his grandchildren. After retirement, Bill and his wife, Anne, enjoyed spending their winters in Sarasota, Fla., where he could continue enjoying the outdoors.

Bill was always very generous with his time. Every year during the Cherry Festival he assisted with the Festival of Races by standing and directing the way for racers as they made the turn by the Real Estate One building on to Front Street. Many in the community may remember Bill from the years he served as a volunteer for the NMC BBQ. He also loved helping his grown daughters by sprucing up a room with a fresh coat of paint or helping with landscaping.

Surviving Bill are his wife, Anne; daughters, Kristin (Mike) Fisher, of Lexington, Ky., Kathleen Patrick, of Traverse City, and Kari (Scott) Willmott, of Traverse City; and grandchildren, Kaylea and Julianne Fisher, and Patrick, Parker, Tanner and Annabel Willmott. Also surviving are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Michael Lamson, Richard and Terry Pigman, John and Sue Pigman, Marcia Sandler and Roger and Sarah Tellefsen.

Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Lamson.

A memorial service honoring Bill will be held in May.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St., Traverse City, MI 49684.

Please visit Bill's webpage at to sign a message or share a memory with his family.

The family is being serviced by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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