A final farewell to former editor
MICHAEL Patterson was always a storyteller.
The former Gold Coast Mail editor was born on September 29, 1955 in Arcadia, New South Wales.
He studied at the University of NSW. After joining Tweed Newspaper Company in the mid-90s, he worked there until 2006.
He then worked at the Tweed Shire Council until his death on Wednesday.
Michael’s son Lachlan Patterson said it didn’t make sense to write some “sombre remembrance piece” about his dad.
He said he saw his father as a storyteller.
“Michael Patterson: journalist, Anglophile and the king of crass,” Lachlan wrote on Michael’s Facebook page.
“You’d always tell us the story behind all of your (admittedly many) obsessions: Kombis, boats, golf, post-WWII Americana and model trains to name a few.
“You would break actual stories back in your reporting days, or impress us with your savant-like ability to predict lines and plot-twists in movies, and then go on to retell the deep travesty against humanity as to why the Bears lost whatever match we were watching. You were a man made of stories.”
Lachlan recounted the “fateful tale” of how his dad’s favourite writer, Douglas Adams, died.
“It goes something like: Doug suddenly thought it’d be a good idea to improve his health, so he joined a gym and he died of a heart-attack on the spot,” he said. “I found this so funny, not because of him dying, but how only Doug Adams – the master of random humour would die with such showmanship.”
He said his father had managed to “one-up” Adams.
“Dad, only you could choke on a bloody piece of steak,” he said.
“Rest in peace big man, I’m going to make you proud.”
Former Tweed Daily News chief of staff Bob Anthony said on Facebook it was with a “heavy heart” he came to terms with the news of Michael’s death.
“He was a breath of fresh air when he started at the Daily News, an inspiring guy and a mentor to so many (including me) without trying to be one,” Mr Anthony said.
“He had a delicious sense of humour, his sarcastic look at things and yet his insight into events going on brought a smile to my dial every day.
“To Fran and the family, we share your loss and know that all who had the pleasure of getting to know Michael will also be saddened by his passing.
“I hope wherever you are, there’s a victorious Norths team on the field and that you are their best supporter.”
Michael was 60 years old.
He was the beloved partner of Fran Silk, loving father of Stuart, Lachlan, Hamish and Amelia and brother of Steve.
Family and friends are invited to a requiem mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murwillumbah on Wednesday, 10.30am (NSW).
Attendees are invited to wear a splash of colour.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program would be appreciated.