March 17, 1944 — November 17, 2017
Patrick W. Robertson, 73, died November 17 at Corvallis Good Samaritan Hospital. Patrick was born to William and Margaret (Sylvester) Robertson in Niagara Falls, New York.
After high school graduation, Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio Northern University. Patrick subsequently served in the Army, performing state-side support during the Vietnam War.
After his release from the Army, Patrick began his life-long career leading social service programs. He moved to Roseburg in 1972, where he worked for the Public Welfare Division and then directed the Community Coordinated Child Care Program. Patrick later coordinated a volunteer recruitment program for Children’s Services. At that time, he co-facilitated the creation of a client-lead, award-winning program for low income women in Roseburg called the Confidence Clinic. Patrick later went on to direct Head Start programs in Douglas and Lane Counties and directed the Foster Grandparent’s Program in counties including Lane, Linn, Benton, Lincoln and Marion.
Patrick was a man of varied interests. Between social service positions, he owned a frame shop and gallery in Salem, grew shiitake mushrooms for a local co-op and created hand-crafted Garden Goddesses sold at open markets. Creative and skilled with his hands, he built an a-frame house when living in Roseburg and always had an interesting project underway.
Patrick had a deep passion for sailing, spending as much time on the water as possible. He also enjoyed fishing, especially trips to Mexico. Patrick gave up his beloved Harley Davidson when his second daughter was born, saying he recognized it was not a family vehicle.
Patrick is survived by his ex-girlfriend and wife of 36 years, Jan Elyse Witt; daughters Karren Sadicario (Steve); Alissa Owen (Jeff) and J. Evelyn Robertson-Witt; grandchildren Niko & Chloe Sadicario and many loving friends.
Patrick was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Victor Robertson.
The family would like to extend deep gratitude to the staff at Good Samaritan Hospital who provided Patrick with such excellent and kind care.
There will be a celebration of Patrick’s life at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Corvallis on December 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Cookies or other small treats to share would be welcome.
Patrick was committed to issues of social justice, so if you desire, please make a donation of any kind to an organization of your choice in his memory.