FORT KENT – Fred D. Patterson II died peacefully July 18, 2012, at a Fort Kent health care facility. He was born Nov. 1, 1940, in Tuskegee, Ala., to Catherine Moton Patterson and Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson.
Dr. Patterson was founder of United Negro College Fund and president of Tushegee Institute for nearly 20 years. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan and was the recipient of numerous awards and praise from many presidents including Bill Clinton. Fred II grew to be a wonderful man in his own right. He went to schools in Alabama, Washington, D.C., and New Rochelle, N.Y., and studied Finnish in Finland. He had a stint in the U.S. Navy and later did Finnish language work and German translation. He was a police officer in Minnesota for quite awhile and while there did some lumber cutting. He moved from there to New Hampshire where he did investigations and at one point did forensic research related to the son of Sam case. After his father died, Fred moved his mother to New Hampshire and took care of her until her death many years later. He later moved to Fort Kent, where he bought property and a home. Fred often told me that he knew this would be his last earthly home. He loved the people and location. He took up the French language while he still could, loved working in the woods and also worked as a police/911 dispatcher for nearly four years until his retirement. “When Fred first got to Fort Kent, I first met him in my store, Mike’s & Sons, where he came to purchase a chainsaw and logging supplies. When I asked if he needed help with anything else he said there was something I could help with on the farm. That evening I went up and took care of the problem and we really hit it off from that day on. He spent countless holidays with my family. We had our own time to chat most every Saturday afternoon. I cannot say that I have ever met a finer person. I miss our chats and jokes, and silly emails he sent me. My whole family loved him and he really looked out for my children like they were his own. For hundreds of other reasons we miss Fred. His number of friends in Fort Kent and all throughout the country were many. They are more than I can name. His legacy of love, gentleness, caring, giving, genuine concern, and his love of God are without question. In peace he went to his God and he was not alone. Rest in peace my dear friend. We will see you again someday. We love you.” – Mike Nadeau, family and friends
A memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Arrangements are a service of Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent.