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Norman Patterson, 66, passes away

Posted on 27 August 2012 in Around the Soccer World

Norman Patterson, a centre forward with Canada's national team in the late 1960s, has passed away after a battle with cancer. The Montréal-based striker represented Canada in Olympic Qualifiers, the Pan American Games and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1967 and 1968. 

After helping Québec reach the national final of the 1966 Challenge Trophy competition, Patterson was one of 33 players selected for a national camp in the spring of 1967. The 21-year-old St. Paul Rovers forward was then selected to the Canadian team, making two appearances in June's Olympic Qualifiers in Edmonton and then two more in July and August's Pan American Games in Winnipeg. He helped Canada finish fourth at that V Pan American Games Winnipeg 1967.

The following year, Patterson was called again by Canada, this time for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in October (he was now a member of Celtic Verdun). He played in three of Canada's four matches, scoring a goal in a 4:2 victory over USA at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. While the team posted two wins, one draw and one loss against USA and Bermuda, the team did not advance beyond its group in the qualifying series for Mexico 1970.

Patterson was born in Belfast, NIR on 27 October 1945. He then moved and grew up with his family in Montréal, QC. He passed away on 21 August 2012 with his family by his side in Toronto. Patterson will be remembered by family and friends on 8 September at Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel in Oakville. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the "Patterson Family" team riding in Norman's honour in the 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer (

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