Donald and Isabelle Paterson Fund

Don Paterson succeeded his father as municipal clerk of Englehart shortly after he returned from the War, and filled this position for 34 years.

In his column, Englehart Echoes, Bud Colquhoun says:

Don Paterson served as mentor, guide and advisor to 11 councils and 10 different mayors. Don had a vast, almost encyclopedic, knowledge of the town’s history and a great love for it. Born and raised in Englehart, he knew the people and the area intimately. He lived here all his life, excepting the service in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1940 to 1945.

Don was a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian church and its choir; Royal Canadian Legion Branch 104, Englehart Masonic Lodge, Rotary and Kinsmen Club. He loved to curl, camping at Sesekinika and fishing.

Isabelle Paterson was born in Cobalt, raised in Kirkland Lake, and moved to Englehart when she married Don in 1970, after 22 years of marriage to her first husband who was killed in an accident. She was a member of Eastern Star Ionic for over 69 years. She was a friend to many, and enjoyed people dropping in for coffee. She loved people and animals.

Isabelle died in 2006; Don died in 2010. In their combined wills they remembered the Englehart & Area Historical Museum (Bud Colquhoun said in his article that it might not exist were it not for Don); the Masonic Foundation of Ontario, the Englehart Public Library and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. After his death Don’s estate established this fund which will be part of the Englehart & Area Community Fund, the capital of which is invested and the income used to support charities in Englehart & Area.

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