Joseph Patten

Joseph Patten

May 8, 1942 - May 14, 2019
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ROCKLAND - After 5 years of dealing with lymphoma, Joseph ‘Joe’ Patten, 77, finally succumbed on May 14, 2019.

Joseph Cyrus Patten was born on May 8, 1942 in Rutland, Vermont to Arthur and Margaret Patten. He started school in a one room schoolhouse in Cuttingsville, VT, then went on to Rutland High School and graduated from Lenox School. Joe served his country in the US Army, working in the Intelligence Service in the US and abroad. Upon discharge, Joe returned to Vermont, working at Spring Lake Ranch, a therapeutic halfway house. It was there that Joe met Mary Miles. They were married on July 4, 1966. They both then attended Marlboro College in Vermont. He went on to work primarily in the construction business, heading two companies, Patten, Lyon and McDermott and later Patten Construction. He was always committed to serving his community. He was a Lister and Selectman in the town of Shrewsbury, a member of the vestry at Trinity Episcopal Church and was instrumental in resurrecting the Rutland Area Food Co-Op.

In 1996, Joe and Mary moved to Rockland to be closer to Monhegan Island, a place they love. Joe continued working in construction in Maine, and also did boat repair and started Seacoast Architectural Salvage. Continuing his interest in community service, Joe was a Junior Warden at St Peter’s Episcopal Church, served on the board of the Good Tern Co-op and later on the board of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockland.

Joseph was predeceased by his parents, his sister Judy and his brother John. He is survived by his wife Mary, his daughters, Jessica Hartley and her husband Scott of Hinesburg VT; Molly Patten of St George, ME; four beloved grand-daughters, Sara, Emma, Delia and Margaret; his sister Betsy Gardner of South Burlington, VT and his brother Will of Hinesburg, VT; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at The First Unitarian Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Rockland, ME.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Monhegan Island Sustainable Community Association, PO Box 303 Monhegan Island, ME 04852. (

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
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    Saturday May 25, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am
    Unitarian Universalist Church
    345 Broadway
    ROCKLAND, ME 04841
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Joel Horne

Posted at 08:52am
Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. Joe brought life and light into any room he entered. I always enjoyed and admired his knack for playful banter and also impressed by his direct manner.
I remember once while I was trying to plan removal of some bushes growing too close by a house, Joe hooked a chain up to the Saab and "yanked" them out, just like that.
He was also so patient, empathic, and inclusive when working with clients at the group home while there doing facilities projects.
I will see him walking Henry every time I see someone walking their dog in the neighborhood.
Again, sincere condolences to you and your family.

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Posted at 11:41am
Mary, Our warmest condolences, Love, Cousin Margaret and husband Steve.
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Brenda Keane Anastasio

Posted at 02:50pm
My deepest sympathies to you all. Learning of Joe's passing and thinking of you all has sent my thoughts far back to a treasured time and place.
Brenda Keane Anastasio

Veda Lyon

Posted at 09:24am
To Mary, Molly, Jessica and extended family,

We were saddened to hear about Joe's death. He was a wonderful human being, a good friend with a wonderful sense of humor, a kind hearted and generous man. We are thinking of you all, and remember so many good times we shared w you and Joe. Though we aren't able to attend Saturday's service we will be with you in spirit. Sending our love to all of you-

Veda and Chris Lyon

Tracie Parker

Posted at 08:28am
Dear Mary, Molly and Jessie,
I was so sad when my mom shared the news that Joe had passed away. I have such great memories of spending time at your house. I loved being around your dad, Molly. He was always joking around and so loving to his family. You are all in my thoughts.
Tracie Parker

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