Robert Murray Patterson
Robert Murray Patterson, 89, of Cheshire, CT, passed away Saturday Feb. 28, 2009, at his home with his family. He was the husband of Chloe (Wright) Patterson.
He was born on the family farm in Carrolton, OH., in 1919. After graduating high school in Minerva, Ohio, he attended The Ohio State University. During World War II, he volunteered to join the US Army Air Corps, and received cadet training at Yale University. As a commissioned officer, he spent most of the war as the Chief of Aircraft Maintenance in Ontario, CA.
After the war, he returned to Diebold Corporation, eventually becoming chief engineer. Then he entered into a partnership that owned and operated Industrial Testing Laboratory, Shell-Cast Corporation, and Engineered Specialties Corporation of Wallingford, CT.
He was President of Northeastern Tool & Manufacturing, Inc., also of Wallingford. There he made numerous innovations in the production of plastic bottles and plastic bottle molds. In his retirement, he spent time in both Cheshire, CT and Ouray, CO. He was very active in the First Congregational Church of Cheshire
Besides his wife of 64 years, Mr. Patterson is survived by his children, Susan Patterson of Gaithersburg, MD, Randall Patterson, of Chicago, IL and Robert M. Patterson Jr., of Hamilton, NJ.
Funeral services were held March 3, 2009, at First Congregational Church of Cheshire. Burial followed in Cheshire Hillside Cemetery. For more information, online condolences or to light a candle in Mr. Patterson's name please visit www.slaterfh.com.