A fixture in Wasaga Beach has passed away. Cal Patterson, who served as mayor and a member of town council for nearly a quarter-century, died on August 4.
“On behalf of council and town staff, I extend sincere sympathy to the Patterson family,” Mayor Nina Bifolchi said. “Cal diligently served our community for many years as an elected official. His leadership and dedication were unwavering and his commitment to Wasaga Beach continued after he left municipal politics. He was a good friend, a mentor, ethical to the core, and someone I will miss greatly.”
Patterson was first elected as a town councillor in 1991 and was re-elected in 1994. In ’97, he served two three-year terms as deputy mayor while pulling double duty as a County of Simcoe councillor.
In 2003, Wasaga Beach residents elected Patterson as their mayor. He would serve two more terms before leaving the role at the end of his term in 2014. While mayor, he also served two consecutive terms as County Warden, the senior political role in the county. “Cal loved serving as warden and providing leadership at the county level, but his real interest remained the town where he lived and raised his family,” Mayor Bifolchi said. “Wasaga Beach grew substantially during Cal’s time on council. It grew in terms of new people living here, and it grew in the sense of new services and amenities.”
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 through Rotary International.
In honour of former mayor Patterson, flags at town facilities will fly at half-mast.
Feature image courtesy Town of Wasaga Beach via Twitter.