Gilbert J. Patterson

May 20, 1925December 4, 2018
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Gilbert J. Patterson, II, age 93, of Scituate passed away on the morning of December 4, 2018 peacefully at home. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (MacDonald) Patterson, with whom he shared 69 years of marriage.

Born at home and raised in Scituate's Sandhills neighborhood, a true Scituate native, he was one of 7 children of the late Gilbert J. Sr. and Elizabeth (Stark) Patterson. He was a 1943 graduate of Scituate High School and went on to earn an Associate Degree in 1976 and a Bachelor of Science Degree with honor in 1977 from Northeastern University.

He served his country in the United States Navy during WWII as a Radioman on the USS Hyades and earned several decorations including a WWII Victory Medal.

Upon his return from the war, he joined the Massachusetts Capitol Police and subsequently served the Scituate Police Department, retiring as the town's Chief of Police after a 31 year career in law enforcement. He then returned to the sea to follow his passion as a lobster fisherman aboard his boat, the Two Pats out of Scituate Harbor.

Devoted father of Douglas Patterson and Jill of Scituate, Richard Patterson and Pamela of Scituate, Robert Patterson and Patricia of Marshfield, Patricia Patterson and William Ferry of FL, Thomas Patterson and Catherine Baggs of Scituate, James "Tucker" Patterson and Michelle of Scituate, Edward Patterson of Scituate and the late Gilbert J. Patterson, III.

Cherished Gramps of Katie, Shawn, Matthew, Jeffrey, Robert, Rachel, Jamie, Shelby, Tucker, Sophie and Kristen and Great Gramps of Logan, Shawn, Owen, Tessa, Kendall and Anthony. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10 AM at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate. Interment to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Visiting hours Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 3-7 PM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude's Childrens' Research Hospital.


  • Visiting Hours Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 7, 2018

Gilbert J. Patterson

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George Glennon

December 8, 2018

Gil was a great guy to me ,he treated people with quiet dignity .when I would pull the ice cream truck up in front of his house he would come out and talk to me ,men like Gil are a rare best to all the family. big al,s ice cream

Donald and Margo Bongarzone

December 6, 2018

I went to work for Gibby midnight to eight in May of 1961
We had been friends ever since. I saw Gibby last year .
Our deepest condolences to the family.

Donald and Margo

Paul Hayes

December 5, 2018

Just a quick note to send my condolences to the family of Gilbert J Patterson. In particular, to his son Tucker, who was very kind, and gave of his time to take me lobstering when I visited Scituate with a delegation of people from West Cork, in Ireland last September. Looking through the family photos of Gilbert on this webpage, the similarities between Tucker and his dad are striking. It looks like he lived a full and distinguished life, and was a great servant to his community in your wonderful part of the world in Scituate. Our thoughts are with you Tucker and your family at this difficult time. Take care and hope to see you across this side of the pond sometime in the near future. Paul.