Dr. Robert Harry “Bob” Patterson, 77, of Haymarket, and formerly of McLean, passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Prince William Hospital in Manassas.
He was born on February 2, 1943, in Steubenville, Ohio, to the late John and Ruth Shaw Patterson.
Bob grew up in Weirton, West Virginia, until the age of 16 when he moved to Falls Church. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater College in 1965 and went on to get his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. He did his residency in anatomic pathology and was board certified in dermatopathology. After working at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology for two years, he remained at the Washington, D.C., Veterans Administration Medical Center for almost 30 years until retiring in July of 2004.
After finishing his residency, he married Sue Ellen Miller in October 1973 and they had one daughter. He was a devoted and caring family man to his wife, daughter and two granddaughters who will greatly miss him and his sense of humor. His favorite thing to do was garden, which was something he learned to love from his father. There were always beautiful flowers surrounding his home, and plants and animals loved him.
His other interests included being an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, which translated to his interest in film and astronomy. He enjoyed watching pro and college sports. As a Northern Virginia resident for over 60 years, he was a long-time D.C. sports fan, with football and baseball being his favorites.
He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Sue M. Patterson; his daughter, Rebekka Hudson and her husband Joseph of Martinsburg, W.Va.; a sister, Judith Rogers and her husband Sammy of Stephens City, and two grandchildren, Kassidy Branson and her wife Hannah of Richmond and Ariell Branson and her fiancé, Richard “CJ" Paschell IV of Charlottesville.
A graveside service will be held at Stonewall Memory Gardens near Manassas on Saturday, October 3, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Mark Olson of Haymarket Baptist Church officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
in lieu of flowers if preferred.
Condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com