Sept. 15, 1942 – May 3, 2015
George Douglas Patterson Jr. of Buffalo, a longtime New York State administrator, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness. He was 72.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Patterson was one of eight children and began his early schooling in West Valley Central School District. He later attended Buffalo Public Schools 32 and 87, graduating from East High School in 1961.
At age 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1961. After his four-year military service, he went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Buffalo, in 1972 and 1974, respectively.
Mr. Patterson was employed at New York State Office of Children and Family Services/Buffalo Regional, where he held various managerial positions over his 30-year career, including rehabilitation coordinator, assistant director, director and district supervisor.
Mr. Patterson was a widely known disc jockey who also taught line dancing at various venues in Buffalo, Lockport and surrounding areas. He enjoyed playing chess, pingpong, swimming, football, basketball and his daily jogs and walks with close friends.
Survivors include a son, George III; three brothers, James Bell, Jeffrey Patterson and Edward McCoy; three sisters, Patricia Cohen, Ruth Smith and Linda Cobbs; two grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Lillian Cheryl Wright.
Funeral services will be held at noon Friday in Durham Memorial AME Zion Church, 174 E. Eagle St.