James Chase Patterson, 88yrs., of Freedom Village Coatesville, formerly of Exton, husband of L, Ruth (Hedrick) passed away on May 19th of complications from Diabetes.
Born on September 2, 1928 in Berwyn to Horace and Alice Chase Patterson, he attended Ridley Park High School and Williamsport Technical School specializing in auto mechanics. This led to his expertise in modifying engines required for stock car racing, combined with his skill as a driver it made him a very successful competitor. Drafted in 1951, he served his country in the 82nd Armored Recon Division stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. After discharge from the service he returned to the family farm, but the lure of auto racing and mechanics was his greater interest, which led him to begin his lifetime career with Sloan Ford in West Grove. After a brief time in the shop, he advanced to the sales department specializing in the sale of trucks. Throughout his life , Jim had a strong work ethic that led to his success in the business world. In 1965, the family moved to Downingtown where he opened a Ford franchise in partnership with the Sloan family. A new facility was built in 1973 in Exton, PA. and in May 1982, he became the sole owner of Sloan Motors.
Business was paramount in Jim’s life, and he lived it full throttle. His other interests were flying, boating and time spent on the bay with his family enjoying the sunsets in Avalon, NJ.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his son, James Steven Patterson (Kellyanne) of Downingtown; three grandchildren; Ryan Patterson (Katy) of Park City, Utah, Shelby Patterson of Thorndale and Matthew Kennedy of Downingtown; one great grandchild, Brynn Patterson; four sisters, Alice Andersen, Esther Dillman, Helen Rasmussen and Patricia Baily. Jim was predeceased by a son, John Robert Patterson and by two sisters, Mary Marqui and Sarah Patterson.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Central Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Uwchlan Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335, where family and friends may call from 2:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Interment will be held privately with the family at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by the James J. Terry Funeral Home, Downingtown. Online condolences may be sent to www.jamesterryfuneralhome.com. Contributions may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, Memorial Fund, at the above address or the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.