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    Jeff Patterson's funeral and celebration on his life was held yesterday at Macquarie Park in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde. The send off was well attended by many of Patto's friends including myself and my lady and partner Sharon and my eldest son Jason. Also in attendance was Jeff's loving wife Mary and other family members. Several people spoke of their friendships and wonderful memories of such a colourful character. They spoke of times they played golf, travelled with him to various parts of the world and the great times they had with a man who was larger than life and always entertaining to be with. Peter McIntyre spoke of Patto's love of the game of golf and some of the antics by Jeff on the golf course, which always kept his playing partners, including myself, amused. Mick Gatto fought back tears when he spoke of Patto's unmatched loyalty when Jeff attended everyday of his seven week trial in Melbourne on a matter involving a person best known as "Benji".

    There were several references to Patto's careers in business, boxing and his days in the VFL as a footballer. Also given coverage was how Jeff came from being found on a doorstep in Melbourne and a troubled childhood to manage at times some of the greatest entertainers in the world, as contained in his book "What A Life", in which footy legend Tom Hafey described Jeff as a long time mate and the most colourful character he had ever met.

    It was very fitting that the service was concluded with the Monty Python Classic "Always look on the bright side of life" because i can tell you from being a friend and a good mate of Jeff's that was how he approached his life.

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    Jeff Patterson, Rest in Peace. You will be sadly missed by a lot of people.
    Rodney Robilliard
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