BANGOR - David Patterson, 50, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 10, 2014, surrounded by his wife and two sons, at a Bangor hospital.
Known for his love of coaching soccer, stunning photography, and award-winning blog, David dedicated his life to his family, friends, and youth soccer players.
David was born to Miriam and Jack Patterson in Lurgan, Northern Ireland on January 27, 1964. David received his B.A. in Sports Studies from the University of Ulster in 1986, and his Master's in Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina in 1994. From an early age, David was a gifted soccer player. One of his proudest accomplishments was when he captained the Northern Ireland Schoolboys soccer team to victory in the 1979 European Championship. At age 16, David left home to apprentice in England with Luton Town F.C. He channeled his love of playing soccer into his coaching -- training young women players at Lenoir-Rhyne College and the University of Maine, and young men at Maine Maritime Academy. He also loved coaching the Bangor High School boy's team. While coaching Bangor, David was named Maine Soccer Coaches' Coach of the year twice, and was awarded New England Coach of the Year in 2010. David loved few things more than watching his teams play under the lights on crisp fall evenings at Bangor High School. David was most recently employed with the Maine Department of Education as an Education Specialist working closely on the distance education program, AP For All.
David met his wife, Lori, at a YMCA camp in Sandwich, Massachusetts, where they were both camp counselors. They fell in love the summer of 1986, and were married July 2, 1988 in Locust Valley, NY. Their first son, Sam, was born on May 15, 1992, in Hickory, NC; their second son, Jack, was born on April 1, 2004, in Bangor. When he wasn't coaching soccer or snapping photos, David was blogging on Stories from Home, cooking, and walking with his family and their beloved dog, Oliver.
David was predeceased by his parents, Miriam and Jack Patterson of Lurgan, Northern Ireland. David leaves his wife, Lori, of 26 years; his sons, Sam and Jack; his brothers, Ronald and John; his sister, Joan, all of Northern Ireland; and many friends near and far. The Patterson family extends its heartfelt thanks to the greater Bangor community for its breathtaking support. They also extend their gratitude to the nurses and physicians of Grant 6 at EMMC and CancerCare of Eastern Maine, and to the nurses and volunteers of Hospice of Eastern Maine.
A service celebrating David's life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, following the service. Those who wish to remember David, the family welcomes contributions to David's most treasured cause, Friends of Acadia, P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.