Footprints: Lascelles Patterson - Moravian stalwart gone to eternal rest
On Saturday at noon, a funeral will be held for Lascelles Patterson, FRCIS, formerly of Walderston, Manchester, and Weston, Florida, at the Mizpah Moravian Church at Walderston.
He will be interred in the church cemetery.
Patterson, born to Daniel and Clarice Patterson on February 11, 1936, was a longstanding stalwart of the Moravian Church.
His mother was also active in the Moravian Church all her life, becoming national president for the Moravian Women's Fellowship.
As a teenager, Paterson taught at Mizpah Moravian Primary School after leaving primary school at age 16. He was also a young lay preacher at the Mizpah Moravian Church.
Later in life, he "was the driving force behind the acquisition of lands and the establishment of the Covenant Moravian Church off Molynes Road," his brother, Dennis said.
Patterson studied land management and was a pioneer in the development of the profession within the Government, where he was an assistant commissioner of lands at the Land Valuation Department. He was a former director of beneficiary services at the National Housing Trust and worked as a realtor in Jamaica and Florida for over 40 years.
He was a trailblazer in the establishment of Churches Credit Union, which he served as a director for years, and was instrumental in the acquisition of land for the construction of the credit union building at Ripon Road in Cross Roads, St Andrew.
In his last days, he established The Mizpah Goods Acre Fund to maintain the Mizpah church cemetery.
Patterson made his transition in Florida on Tuesday, November 24, leaving children Gail and Christopher and grandchildren Marley and Paige. He was big brother to Ira, Carol, Glen, Newton, Robb, Dennis, Violet, Pearline, and Yvonne.
"Lascelles Patterson was a loving father and husband and a big brother to his siblings. He loved his children and grandchildren. He focused entirely on improving the lot of his family and community. The church community was his extended family. He was a loyal friend and his boyhood companions remained his closest friends until his death. He lived a long and happy life," Dennis Patterson told Footprints.
- Paul H. Williams