Robert John Patterson, 71, died March 13, 2010, at his home in Eastport.

Robert was born in Calais on Oct. 20, 1938, a son of the late Robert and Melvenia (Stanhope) Patterson. After attending the Robbinston area schools, he began his career in the local sardine factories as a machinist.

On April 7, 1956, he married Alice Anderson. Robert enjoyed watching NASCAR, doing puzzles and watching the deer in Eastport.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Alice Patterson on May 28, 2000; a sister, Gayle Bulmer; a brother, Sheldon Patterson; and a niece, Elaine Bulmer.

He is survived by his three children, Stephen Patterson and his wife, Kathy, of Cushing, William Patterson and his wife, Joyce, of Tenants Harbor and Sonya Stevens and her husband, Tate, of Perry; two sisters, Lenora Denson and her husband, Keith, of Bridgeport, Wash., and Meda Gilbert of Rockland; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 27 at 2 p.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in Eastport.