Cal Patterson, longtime mayor of Wasaga Beach and former director of Simcoe County, has died

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BARRIE, ONT. – Cal Patterson, Mayor of Wasaga Beach from 2003 to 2014 and former Simcoe County Warden died on Wednesday.

In a statement from the Town of Wasaga Beach, Mayor Nina Bifolchi said, “On behalf of city council and staff, I offer my sincere condolences to the Patterson family. Cal has served our community diligently for many years as an elected official. His leadership and dedication were unwavering and his commitment to Wasaga Beach continued after his departure from municipal politics. He was a good friend, a mentor, ethic to the core, and someone I will miss dearly.

The residents of Wasaga Beach first elected Patterson councilor in 1991, where he served until he became deputy mayor in 1997 for six years.

In 2003, Patterson was elected mayor where he served two terms until 2014.

Patterson also served as a Simcoe County Councilor, where he served as Director for two terms.

Unafraid of public service, Patterson has served on the boards of G&M Hospital, RVH Barrie, My Friend’s House and United Way. He was also a founding member of the Wasaga Beach Rotary Club, a member of the Wasaga Beach Lions Club and most recently a director of the Living Wish Foundation.

For his contributions, Patterson received the Wasaga Beach Citizen of the Year Award, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Order of Wasaga Beach. He was also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

George Vadeboncoeur, Executive Director for the Town of Wasaga Beach, said Patterson loved his community and always wanted the best for them.

Patterson leaves behind a 35-year-old wife, three surviving children and several grandchildren. He was 73 years old.

Flags will fly at half mast at all facilities in Wasaga Beach in honor of Patterson.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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