Stephen J. Patterson III passed away Feb. 15, 2016, after heroically battling cancer.
He was born July 11, 1944, in New York City to Stephen J. and Helen T. Patterson. Steve grew up in Roslyn and Bellport.
After graduating from Colgate University, Steve joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He was the recipient of numerous commendations, including the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star for Valor, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal.
Upon completion of his military service, Steve went on to be chairman of the board of the Patterson Energy Group, a highly respected and well-known Long Island oil company. He also served as president of the Metropolitan Energy Council and president of the New York Oil and Heating Association.
Steve was incredibly dedicated to his family. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 25 years, Sherry; his son, Kyle; his daughter Tammy (Chris) Hayon; his daughter Tara (Chris) Malanga; his grandchildren, Carley, Travis, Ella and Ava; his mother, Helen T. Patterson; and his sisters, Sandra (Bud) Secord and Penny Patterson. Steve was predeceased by his father, Stephen J. Patterson II, and his brother, James B. Patterson.
Steve was truly committed to the Riverhead community. He offered his leadership to many local organizations and served as president of the board of directors for Aid to the Developmentally Disabled and as president for the Riverhead Library board of trustees. In addition, Steve was a member of the Riverhead Development Corporation and the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency, along with a member of the board for the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. He was also a member of the board of directors for East End Arts Council, among other volunteer positions.
Steve was a loyal friend who loved to travel. He had a great sense of humor and defined the consummate gentleman. He loved champagne and following the stock market. One of his proudest accomplishments was climbing to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of fellow Riverhead adventurers.
The family will receive visitors Thursday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 26, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Baiting Hollow Congregational Church.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or International Surgical Mission Support.