Obituary: Former Board Chair and Speirs Medalist Robert Paterson '41

April 9, 1928 - April 27, 2018
Son of Col. Alex T. Paterson DSO, OBE and Anna Cowans Paterson. Survived by his wife Ann Penfield Skaith Paterson; and four children, Alec (Donna), Hartland (Beth), Ann (Peter), and Elspeth (Mark). Proud and loving grandfather of Alexander, Nicholas and Margot Paterson, Miriam Paterson, Andrew, Robert and Penfield Binet, and Hamish and Theodore Dick. Predeceased by his brother, James A. Paterson.
Born in Montreal, educated at Selwyn House School, Trinity College School and McGill University. His entire career was spent at the Royal Bank of Canada and for more than a decade he was a member of the bank's Executive Management Committee. 
A significant part of his life was involved with such institutions as The McKay Centre, Selwyn House School, McGill University, The Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation and Appleby College.
After retirement, Rob consulted for the Salvation Army (pro bono), the investment committee of the Canadian Medical Protective Association, the Bickle Foundation, the Zenex Foundation (SA), Royal Bank Investment Management, and the Tiedemann Investment Group. 
On turning 70, Rob lost the ability to read or drive and was the beneficiary of a group of friends who took up reading to him, which he most appreciated. Rob loved history and read extensively on the subject. He also enjoyed travel, bridge, golf (sometimes), tennis, fishing and, above all, time with friends and family. He will be remembered for his well-informed views on life, interest in and kindness to people from all countries and walks of life, and his amazing sense of humour in all circumstances. 
The family wish to thank most sincerely Yuri, Meredith and Josh, who are part of the Palliative Care Team of Dr. Sandy Buchman at Princess Margaret Hospital, for their compassionate and extremely competent care of Rob. 
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, a donation to the Robert C. Paterson Graduate Research Grants at the McGill Faculty of Medicine ( please direct gift to the aforementioned research grants) or a charity of your choice would be much appreciated. Rob's funeral service will be held at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd., Forest Hill Toronto on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 2 p.m.
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