William "Bill" E. Patten

  • Born: April 10, 1925
  • Died: February 7, 2018
  • Location: Killingworth, Connecticut

Robinson, Wright & Weymer

34 Main St
Centerbrook, CT 06409

Tel. (860) 767-8000

Tribute & Message From The Family

William E. Patten, age 92, of Killingworth passed away peacefully on February 7, 2018. He was born in North Haven, CT on April 10, 1925 to the late Chesley and Gladys Patten. He leaves his wife of 70 years, Margery Boyce Patten. He is survived by six children, Bonnie Pudem (Roger Pudem) , Ted Patten (Phil Kehres), Skip Patten (Dan Warner), Scott Patten, Paul Patten (Robin Patten), and Rob Patten. He also leaves eight grandchildren, Jullie Pudem Scanlon (Skip), Carl Pudem, Sandy McGinnis (Nate), Kelly Patten, Cassidy Patten, Kyle Patten, Liam Patten and Dustin Patten, and four great-grandchildren, Robert and Ryan Scanlon and Layla and Ryan McGinnis. Bill served in the US Army as an MP during World War II. He was a rural mail carrier in North Branford as well as serving as a Constable and a member of the North Branford Volunteer Fire Department for many years. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00PM at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, Centerbrook. To share a memory of Bill or send a condolence to his family, please visit www.rwwfh.com.

Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for your loss. Bill was my neighbor when I was a kid.... Us kids were totally impressed when we saw Bill replace his defective auto muffler with a Minute Maid orange juice can and it worked.

Bill Harris

Posted by Bill Harris    February 27, 2018

So sorry for your loss. I have known him since I
was a young girl. He was always friendly, helpful
and funny. I am blessed to have had him in my life.


Posted by Sundy Martin - East Haddam, CT - Friend   February 14, 2018

To Marge and the Patten Clan,
I was very sorry to hear of Bill's (General Patten) as I called him, passing. Growing up in North Branford, I still have memories of him delivering mail to my Mom and Dad's store. He would pull through the driveway and honk the horn and someone would go out to get the mail from him. He always had a smile and a humorous statement to make. The world needs more people like Bill. He made it a better place to live in. May God's speed guide him home. Rich and Lita Onofrio

Posted by Richard Onofrio - Killingworth, CT - Friend   February 12, 2018

Thinking of you all and the wonderful memories we have all shared over the years!! Crazy Lady

Posted by Linda Holmes - Branford, CT - Family Friend   February 11, 2018

We will miss Bill terribly. We only live in Killingworth about 6 months a year but we (especially Joe) would see Bill almost every day. They spent hours in Bill's shed. Thursday afternoon was their dump ride just to look around. Bill always loved spring cleanup in the park as he & Joe would ride around to see what looked good. Bill always found some treasures. I think Marge would just raise her eyes when she saw what he brought home. RIP.

Posted by Joe & Sherry Secki - Edgewater, FL - Friend   February 11, 2018

We have known Bill for almost 20 years as neighbors & friends. He visited us many times at our house (especially on Sundays in the summertime). Bill loved to tell stories and was very funny. He made us laugh many times over the years. Bill was very happy to help anyone out as a "handy man" (who had a lot of tools we could borrow, lol) and repairing bikes. We will miss him a lot. Our condolences to Marge & family.

Posted by Nancy & Gary Soucy - Killingworth, CT - Neighbor   February 11, 2018

We have so many great memories. Camping, picnics and riding bikes at Hammonesset and lunches at Doody's to name a few. To Marge and family, life will not be the same without him, but he had a good long life!!!

Posted by Betsy Harris - Killingworth, CT - Friend   February 10, 2018


My deepest sympathy to all my cousins.
My fondest memory of Bill is the day he helped me and my dad choose two baby bunnies to bring home.
Wishing you all comfort at this sad time.

Posted by Diane Grodske Grube - Family   February 09, 2018

Many memories of great times in 4-H horse shows. Always loved being able to give it back when Bill would tease with me about what I was doing (or not doing). A huge heart disguised as a sometimes grumpy guy. So happy I was able to see him last summer. My condolences to the family

Posted by Pam Leete Shyne - Nevada City, CA - Family Friend   February 09, 2018

I've known Bill most all my 69 yrs and have always thought of him as my second father. He is one of the most fair and honest men I have ever known, hard when he needed to be, yet always loving. Safe travels "old man", safe travels. My thoughts are with my entire second family.

Posted by Skip Hansen - Dallas, TX - Friend   February 09, 2018

Sorry to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. I remember him as a very tall man who always had the best dry sense of humor. He and aunt Margie were role models as a loving couple for me and Michael. Hugs from Arizona

Posted by Linda Hadyka - Buckeye, AZ - Family   February 08, 2018