Jack L. Patterson, Sr.

July 5, 1945October 1, 2019

Jack L. Patterson Jack (“The Captain”) Patterson, a life-long North Canton, OH resident, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 74. Jack was born July 5, 1945 to Frank and Hyla (Edie) Patterson. He graduated from North Canton High School (now Hoover) in 1963 at which he played center on the football team and began his life-long passion for wrestling. He briefly attended Hiram College and Kent State University before being hired at the Hoover Company where he retired as a supervisor of armatures and fields after 37 years. Jack had a passion for three things: firefighting, wrestling, and golf. As soon as he was old enough, he became a volunteer firefighter with the North Canton Fire Department in 1966. In 1986 he was promoted to Captain, thus acquiring the nickname that would follow him for the next 33 years. He finished his final shift as a fireman in 2017, retiring after more than 50 years of service. A former high school and Hiram College wrestler, Jack extended his love of the sport through officiating – working as a referee for 47 seasons. He was inducted into the Stark County Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001. After finally hanging up his ref’s whistle, he helped coach wrestling at North Canton Middle School guiding and mentoring those new to the sport. As if those passions were not enough, he spent 21 summers working at Arrowhead Golf Club and playing a round whenever he could. He was known to share tales of each passion with good friends met along the way, especially at the Fraternal Order of Eagles where he had been a member since 1998. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Hyla, as well as his brother, Fred Patterson and his sister, Joan Shaub. He is survived by his wife, Karen, to whom he was married since 2001. Also surviving are his three children and their spouses: Jack (Carla) Patterson, Jr., Chris (Scott) Lantz, and Cindy (Dan) McFadden and eight grandchildren: Garrett, Audrey, Grant, Tyler, Jessica, Regan, Sam and Jonah. In addition, he is survived by Karen’s children: Terri (Victor) VanSickle, Crockett (Brandy) Roush, and Collin (Becca) Roush and her eight grandchildren: Emily, Ty, Morgan, Drew, Lily, Alex, Bella and Brooklyn. Also surviving are five nephews, Ted, Dan and Bill Shaub; Jeff and John Patterson; sister-in-law, Marilyn Patterson, and his best furry friend, Sully. Calling hours will be held at Karlo-Libby Funeral Home, 5000 Everhard Rd NW, Canton, OH on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 6 to 8pm followed by the Stark County Firefighters last alarm service. A memorial service on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Canton Wrestling Booster Club (NCWBC), 3415 Ramsgate St NW, North Canton, OH 44720.


  • North Canton Wrestling Booster Club (NCWBC)


  • Visitation Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Stark County Fire Firefighters Last Alarm Service Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 4, 2019


Jack L. Patterson, Sr.

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Linda Wasnak

October 3, 2019

Dear Karen and Family:

I knew Jack from the Thursday morning Ladies golf league at Arrowhead. Jack was always so thoughtful as he gathered all of our golf bags. He was friendly and kind, and he will be missed by so many. I am sure that we all enjoyed having the chance to know and chat with Jack.

With sympathies,
Linda Wasnak

Walter Tolarchyk

October 2, 2019

We have lost an outstanding person (RIP Jack )-Heaven has gained a special one.May God be with you and yours during this trying time. Love to all.

Pam Suter

October 2, 2019

I met Jack when he came to Aultman North for Occupational Therapy following a hand surgery. He was always smiling and making us laugh. We looked forward to the cold weather when he would return for Limited Fitness and he was sure to seek us out to say hello. Sincere condolences to his family. Aultman North OT

Pat Boyd

October 2, 2019

My sympathy to Karen and The entire family. Knowing Jack for most of my 40 years at Hoover he was a part of the Dept. 10 family. A great guy with great stories and always had a laugh to share. RIP Capt. Jack. You will always be remembered.

David Herbert

October 2, 2019

While I will not be able to attend Jack’s Memorial Service I remember him fondly. He refe’d many matches of my sons over the years and I always respected him. He will be missed. My sincere condolences. David L Herbert

John Patterson

October 1, 2019

I will miss you Uncle Jack. For now, many good memories remain of times together as family. Your zest for life will live on in the fond memories of those who knew you. My dad (your brother Fred) was glad for the time he had with you later in his life.