Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Bayne “Sandy” Patterson (1885-1959)
Engineer, municipal official.
Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 7 December 1885, third of six children of Peter and Margaret Patterson, he was the first of his family to come to Canada, in 1902. He came to Brandon where, in 1904, he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway, eventually becoming a steam locomotive engineer. He retired in 1950.
On 19 January 1910, he married Mary Richardson (1888-1966) at Brandon and they had five children: Marion Patterson, Elizabeth Jean Patterson (1913-2005, wife of Jack Robertson, daughter-in-law of Wilbert Alexander Robertson), Margaret Bayne “Peg” Patterson (1917-2008, wife of Reginald Sutherland), Robert Alexander “Bob” Patterson (1918-1988, husband of Irene Dinsdale), and John Seaton Patterson (1928-1996). The family resided at 247 First Street in Brandon.
He was a member of the Brandon city council (1929-1943, 1951-1956), President of the Brotherhood of Firemen and Engineers for many years, and President of the Brandon Progressive Conservative Association (1951). He was also actively involved in the Brandon Soccer League and was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church.
He died at Brandon on 14 July 1959 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
“Ex-alderman Patterson dies today,” Brandon Sun, 14 July 1959, page 3.
Obituary [Robert Alexander Patterson], Brandon Sun, 29 November 1988, page 19.
Obituary [John Seaton Patterson], Brandon Sun, 30 July 1996, page 8.
Obituary [Margaret Bayne Sutherland], Brandon Sun, 8 May 2008, page 21.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Sandy Robertson and Jack Robertson for providing information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 July 2021