[size:26pt]EDWARD S. PATTERSON[/size]
Edward S. Patterson, 92, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey and Bristol, Rhode Island, died May 13, 2012.
Edd was known professionally as Edd Patterson, The Magic Artist. He had an illustrious career as a childrens entertainer, presenting stage programs in schools for many decades. His programs were endorsed by thousands of school administrators and parent groups throughout the eastern United States.
Edds live school shows for young people numbered more than 18,000 programs, and in sheer numbers equaled or surpassed most other performers of his time on the American platform. He was considered an entertainer with an educators point of view by teachers, administrators, moms and dads; his presentations won the unqualified approval of young audiences from Connecticut to Florida.
Edd was noted for his fine publicity material, personally designed for each new season. His numerous new programs each year, along with his props, employed the finest artistic quality.
Edds career began as a young boy when he worked as an assistant to Don Rose, and continued with his own large stage show until he eventually dedicated his life to childrens entertainment. His shows always included chalk drawings, puppetry, magic, music, and (often) sand paintings. In 2008 he was the subject of the book Edd Patterson: A Lifetime of Magic and Art, by William V. Rauscher.
During World War II Ed served in the Army Air Corp. as historian and entertainer. Stationed in Kearney, Nebraska he hosted a popular variety show radio program called Party Time on the Army Air Base.
During his retirement, painting scenes and still life in water color, and caring for his dog Sandy and his cat Rosie, became an important part of his life.
Edd especially enjoyed attending the Yankee Gatherings and the IBM Conventions, two important magic events. In the IBM he held the position of Order of Merlin Excalibur.
Edd will be sadly missed by his family and friends in the magic community. He is survived by his wife Virginia, daughters Donna and Susan, Susans partner Taki, and grandchildren Amanda, Brendan and Connor. A memorial service will be held in September. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in his name to the Bristol Animal Shelter, 10 Minturn Farm Road, Bristol, RI 02809. Those wishing to share thoughts may do so by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Submitted by Gene Voshell, obit written by William V. Rauscher. Philadelphia Vicinity