Pat Patterson

  • Died: December 2, 2020
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WWE legend was the first openly gay wrestling star

Pat Patterson was a wrestling star who helped built World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was a mentor to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Pat was a grasshopper of a bloke! Earns every bit of respect when it comes to being nimble and spry like a spaghetti stick. Rest in paradise you magnificent and tasteful individual. I'd like to give my best to the centrifuge that was Pat Patterson. Blessed be the candles that surround you as well as the curvature of your face. There's an old saying in my hometown that goes: "Today you tickle the stranger's spider, tomorrow you slide in the messy mainland". I want to dedicate that one to Pat and all of those close to him. Amen!

Posted by Don Abbit - Edgefield, LA - Friend   October 22, 2021

Thank you for so many memories, watching big time wrestling. Seeing you live at the KTVU studios, the Pleasanton fairgrounds and my favorite the Cow Palace. The fued you had with Ray Stevens was great. You always had great promos and threw the best working punch of all time. Your total career in wrestling has you on my personal Mount Rushmore of wrestlers along with Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.

Posted by Dirk Christensen - Pleasanton, CA   July 02, 2021

I watched Pat Patterson wrestle when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Always one of my favorites. A true expert at his craft, and when he meant business, he meant business! Sadden to learn of his death. Takes me back to when wrestling was a family sport, family entertainment. A legend with a beautiful smile. Condolences to his family, friends and all his fans. He provided us with so much when he lived, may he truly rest in peace.

Posted by Belinda Bowen-Gross - Arnold, MD   February 10, 2021

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I cannot express the sadness I feel right now, Pat was one of the most important people in WWE and the first openly gay wrestler of his generation, he is an inspiration to many. R.I.P. Godspeed Pat.

Posted by jared perkins - porter, TX   January 06, 2021

As a gay man, I thank you for coming out so publicly. I was severely depressed and struggling. When you came out, I stopped blaming myself and gradually learned to accept myself. I can never thank you enough or express how much it meant to me. God bless you and your family, you've truly made a difference.

Posted by K.S.    December 30, 2020

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Dear Patterson Family Rory and I sincerely express our condolences's on the loss of Pat Patterson./he'll surely be missed very much.may he rest in peace.best faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - Newton Centre/brighton, MA - acquaintance   December 12, 2020

Pat Patterson was a wrestling star who helped built World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was a mentor to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Posted by Grady Youngblood - Fort Lauderdale, FL   December 11, 2020

I have been watching you for years and I did not know how funny you were.

Posted by Den Victoria - Burlington, ON   December 09, 2020

My condolences to his friends and his family he was openly gay and gave us the encouragement for our community for the rights that we needed is an extraordinary individual who's a role model for the next generation of all rainbow community and a good Community leader may he rest in peace

Posted by David P Call - Coworker   December 08, 2020

I grew up in the 70’s watching you on Big Time Wrestling with my brother and sister. You and Ray Stevens were the best tag team during that era. And probably the most feared. But it didn’t matter who you teamed with, you were my hero and when you got “hurt” I kept yelling at the TV “GO PAT GO!!!! GO PAT GO!!!” Thank you for all the years of great memories from Big Time Wrestling to your final days with WWE. RIP Pat.

Posted by Jon Carmichael - Soulsbyville, CA   December 07, 2020

As a young boy growing up in San Jose, we used to go watch Pat and Roller Derby at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in the mid to late 60's. What a show for us, up close and personal as the room only held a small amount of fans. Thanks for the excitement for that young boy...Rest in Peace

Posted by Chuck Wright - Foresthill, CA - acquaintance   December 07, 2020

A legend in the world of wrestling, he will be missed and remembered by many. Sincere condolences to the Patterson family and friends, may God be with all of you as you go through this very difficult time of your loss.

Posted by A friend   December 07, 2020

Pat, Thanks for trusting me. Thank you for letting me take care of you. I did not meet you as a celebrity; I met you as a human being, a man with a great sense of humor who showed kindness to everyone and made me mad when you laughed about my Spanglish accent. You were a wonderful friend and a fantastic singer. Thank you, Pat, for every moment that we shared. Rest in peace.
Gracias Pat. Descansa en Paz

Posted by Damaysi Garcia - Friend   December 06, 2020

Pat, Thanks for trusting me. Thank you for letting me take care of you. I did not meet you as a celebrity; I met you as a human being, a man with a great sense of humor who showed kindness to everyone and made me mad when you laughed about my Spanglish accent. You were a wonderful friend and a fantastic singer. Thank you, Pat for every moment that we shared. Rest in peace
Gracias Pat Descansa en Paz

Posted by Damaysi Garcia - Friend   December 06, 2020

Pat, Thanks for trusting me. Thank you for letting me take care of you. I did not meet you as a celebrity; I met you as a human being, a man with a great sense of humor who showed kindness to everyone and made me mad when you laughed about my Spanglish accent. You were a wonderful friend and a fantastic singer. Thank you, Pat for every moment that we shared. Rest in peace
”You always will be in my heart.....as my special patient”

Gracias Pat, Descansa en Paz

Posted by Damaysi Garcia - Friend   December 06, 2020

Pat, Thanks for trusting me. Thank you for letting me take care of you. I did not meet you as a celebrity; I met you as a human being, a man with a great sense of humor who showed kindness to everyone and made me mad when you laughed about my Spanglish accent. You were a wonderful friend and a fantastic singer. Thank you, Pat for every moment that we shared. Rest in peace
”You always will be in my heart.....as my special patient”

Gracias Pat, Descansa en Paz

Posted by Damaysi Garcia Milian - Friend   December 06, 2020

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HAPPY , HOLIDAYS TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SIR BUT , MORE IMPORTANTLY VAYA CON DIOS AMIGOS TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY FRIEND #50 MATTHEW 26:01-26:75 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ANDREW JOSHUA LAWLESS SR - PROVIDENCE, RI   December 06, 2020

You inspired us all for generation after generation. It was your match against Sergeant slaughter It made me realize that when I grow up, I want to be just like you. Thanks and enjoy the heavens!

Posted by Johnathan Dodds - Malibu, CA - coworker   December 05, 2020

You will be missed

Posted by Sandra Downey - Oklahoma City, OK - friend   December 05, 2020

December 4 2020.
Pat Paterson a true friend. On the golf course, karaoke, listening to him sing beautiful songs, especially “my way”, good times in NYC, on cruises and so much more.

RIP PAT. You deserve eternal life in paradise

Posted by Murray Bacal - Friend   December 04, 2020

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R.I.P Mr. Pat you will be missed. God bless you always...

Posted by Edward Sánchez - Caruthers, CA - friend   December 04, 2020

Rest in peace Pat I grew up watching you fight my husband loves you and we will always love you and remember you dearly. Keep on wrestling up in heaven with all the rest of the hall of famers and tell Andre we miss him too... From the Sánchez family...

Posted by Teresa Sánchez - Caruthers, CA - friend   December 04, 2020

I would like to thank pat Paterson for teaching me not to ditch at school or work

Posted by Jonathan White - Modesto, CA - coworker   December 04, 2020

So sorry for your loss wwe and mr Patterson‘a family you all are in my prayers

Posted by Hope Anderson - Bakersfield, CA - friend   December 04, 2020

We have lost a good man and a good teacher for the other guys and made them be great aswell

Posted by Cheryl Hammans - WA   December 04, 2020

Rest in peace. You are now in heaven with Jesus Dancing in the Sky. There's a song that I love listen to called Heaven sounding sweeter all the time

Posted by Douglas    December 04, 2020

Pat, you and Ray Stevens were my heroes. You were an artist in the ring, an artist on the mic, and I wish I had known you. I will always remember your run in the San Francisco territory. I got to shake your hand in Santa Rosa after your match. No one, but absolutely no one, could work a crowd like you did. Everything you did was so believable. And I truly admire the fact that you could be openly gay in the time and era you did, and in the profession you were in. Bless you, Pat. I will always remember you fondly.

Posted by Mark Osten - Fairfield, CA - acquaintance   December 04, 2020

You will be truly missed Mr. Pat Patterson and never forgotten. You are among so many of the greats who now have heaven as your own ring.

Posted by Rayna Miller - Amarillo, TX - friend   December 04, 2020

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used to watching you when I was a kid you're awesome wrestler and the awesome person we'll all miss you and you always will be remember

Posted by Ricky Larocque - Claxton, GA - friend   December 04, 2020

Pat I will miss you just want to say I grew up watching all your wrestling sign james tanton

Posted by James Tanton - Silsbee, TX - friend   December 04, 2020

To one of the greats, you will be missed greatly

Posted by John dishler - Loockwood, NY - friend   December 04, 2020

WWE HALL OF FAMER!!! RIP PAT PATERSON

Posted by Marilyn - RI   December 04, 2020

You will be missed

Posted by Danielle Alfreds - Cicero, NY - friend   December 04, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Douglas - Friend   December 04, 2020

Rest in peace Pat Patterson. My brother Dennis passed away on October 11th 2020 please tell him hi from his brother my name is Doug. Thank you for everything you've done for the WWE. God bless you and rest in peace

Posted by Douglas - Friend   December 04, 2020

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by Aaron Ward - OAKDALE, MN - friend   December 04, 2020

Candle

Now you are wrestling with the angels

Posted by Oliver Wood - Mount Vernon, AR - acquaintance   December 04, 2020

Mr. Patterson I had the pleasure of meeting you once in Boston. You were friendly and witty. I was in awe that I had met you but you made me feel at ease. Thank you for that day and your years of contribution to pro wrestling. Blessings to your family and friends.

Posted by Sonya Schell - Charlotte, NC   December 04, 2020

I am a long time wrestling fan and would like to take this time to say i am truly sorry for the loss of a great legend. I would also like to thank him for all his hard work to help form the WWE for what is is today.

Posted by Shawn Finch - Mexico, MO   December 04, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. At this sad time, may God comfort and strengthen you.

Posted by Mary - Neighbor   December 03, 2020

Rest in peace pat you were one of the greats in wrestling

Posted by Paul Collins - Buena vista, VA - acquaintance   December 03, 2020

Thanks for all the years Pat, only one word can explain your greatness, AWSOME , RIP

Posted by dominick telesco - stamford, CT   December 03, 2020

Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Patterson. May the God of all comfort bring your family some comfort during this time of great sorrow.

Posted by - MD   December 03, 2020

Grief can be so hard on family and friends, but the special memories can us to cope.

Posted by A friend   December 03, 2020

Condolences to the friends and family of Pat Patterson, some may not know that Pat golfed as well as I saw him many years ago at Cypress Golf Course back in the day in Colma. He didn't hit the ball straight, but he hit if very far!

Thank you for entertaining my friends and I at the golf club that day Pat, that meant alot to us

RIP

Posted by Frank G    December 03, 2020

Posted by Cheri Bickley - Tampa, FL - acquaintance   December 03, 2020

Aloha pat patterson wrestles at san Francisco cow place 60's & 70's was the best time for me as a kid my cousin billy would take my self brother & friends it was a great time always, got programs sign by all the wrestlers in that time,thank you pat you were my hero back then so pat may you party in paradise with the rest of the best OOOHHH WHAT A RUSH

Posted by Kirk Olsen - San Francisco, CA   December 03, 2020

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PP: The FIRST EVER WWE Intercontinental Champion and The CREATOR of Royal Rumble match with condolences to his inside or outside wrestling friends and family.

Posted by - IA   December 03, 2020

My condolences.

Posted by A friend   December 03, 2020

10 memorial chimes of the ring bell to honor the memory of a true icon and legend in the annals of the squared circle: Pat Patterson.

Posted by Les Breese    December 03, 2020

My condolences to his family, friends and fans. Yesterday was a very sad day. Rest easy Pat Patterson, thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. ❤

Posted by Nicole Ciccariello - NJ   December 03, 2020

Rip pat paterson thank you for the memories.

Posted by David westmorland - MICHIGAN CITY, IN   December 03, 2020

RIP: Pat. You will always be loved and missed.

Posted by Ric Gillespie - Glen Burnie, MD - friend   December 02, 2020

He became a LGBT icon when he came out in the seventies. I'll never forget what it meant to me to see a gay wrestler be accepted by the WWE. He gave me hope and taught me to accept myself, I'll always remember him. I send my condolences to his family,

Posted by Tom Greenberg - Paramus, NJ   December 02, 2020

My deepest condolences to his family much love Mr.Patterson

Posted by - Austin - friend   December 02, 2020

Thank God for Pat Patterson, he single handedly changed wrestling. I will always be grateful and thank him from the bottom of my heart.

Posted by Patrick Owens    December 02, 2020

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Posted by frank    December 02, 2020

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Sorry to hear about the passing of Pat Patterson he will be missed by all that knew him God Bless

Posted by Tina Bell - Martins Ferry, OH   December 02, 2020

There's real joy, peace, and security in Jesus Christ. May all who grieve Mr. Patterson's passing know these blessings..........Romans 10:9 - 13.

Posted by Jim    December 02, 2020

Knowing that there were stars out there who were gay really helped me during a difficult time. I am grateful that he made the tough decision to come out, it made all the difference to me. He touched more lives than he'll ever know. To his family, please accept my heartfelt sympathies. He was a wonderful person who risked everything and stood up for the LGBT community. I'll never forget him.

Posted by Steven Evans    December 02, 2020

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Godspeed Pat, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the memories.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   December 02, 2020

You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of Pat Patterson he was one true Wrestler back in the day and his legend will live on I been a WWE wrestling fan since age 10 back in 1978 RIP Pat you will be deeply missed all my love and prayers

Posted by Darren Delso-Opfer - Friend   December 02, 2020


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