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2020 Obit:Micca(Michael Patterson) Funeral 11 June

Joe Offer 18 May 20 - 08:09 PM
Rapparee 18 May 20 - 08:16 PM
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Dan Schatz 18 May 20 - 08:36 PM
Lighter 18 May 20 - 08:36 PM
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GUEST,SINS 18 May 20 - 09:48 PM
Manitas_at_home 18 May 20 - 09:54 PM
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meself 18 May 20 - 10:06 PM
GUEST,Julia L 18 May 20 - 10:18 PM
KT 18 May 20 - 10:34 PM
ranger1 18 May 20 - 10:43 PM
Joe Offer 18 May 20 - 11:06 PM
GUEST,J-boy 18 May 20 - 11:19 PM
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Subject: Obit: Micca
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 May 20 - 08:09 PM

You made me smile so many times, but all I can do now is cry.
I'll miss you, Micca.
-Joe-

Micca at his best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sIULcU-GGg


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 May 20 - 08:16 PM

NO!!!!!

What happened? I thought he was doing better.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: olddude
Date: 18 May 20 - 08:24 PM

Oh no no no..... I am so sorry to read this news


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 18 May 20 - 08:36 PM

I just saw Terri's Facebook post. What a deep, deep loss.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: Lighter
Date: 18 May 20 - 08:36 PM

Me too. What a Mudcat stalwart. Condolences to all.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: Jeri
Date: 18 May 20 - 08:51 PM

Last I heard he was in hospital, and awaiting a CT scan. Then this.
He was such a huge presence, and so much folkloric bindings of us on Mudcat. Micca and the kilt, "...and the horse", and he treated Tom (Curmudgeon), Linn (Bat Goddess), and I to a really nice dinner, with really nice wine, when he came over here. Great conversation, and the man wrote some lovely songs and poems.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 18 May 20 - 09:01 PM

Not knowing Micca,
I just saw a photograph of him online:
he looks like
he just stepped out of the pages of
Tolkien's Middle Earth -- mythic.

I am sorry for the loss for those who loved him so much.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: sian, west wales
Date: 18 May 20 - 09:17 PM

I am ... shocked. What a small word for the passing of such a mighty spirit.

Rest well, Micca.

sian, west wales


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: ClaireBear
Date: 18 May 20 - 09:28 PM

Oh Micca, I am standing at the deserted dock, still waving my tear-spotted hankie as your ship nears the bright horizon of the Outermost West. I can't sing right now, or I would sing the Rowing Song for you. I'm not doing words very well right now, either, but someday I will send you another poem.
May you have only happy wanderings from now on, Travel Gnome. You will be much missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: GUEST,SINS
Date: 18 May 20 - 09:48 PM

I am heartbroken. We spoke earlier in the week. Rest easy, my beautiful friend.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 18 May 20 - 09:54 PM

Liz the Squeak here, rather than Manitas who has just gone to bed for the third time tonight....

He was taken into hospital on Sunday morning, having suffered, we think, a fall on the stairs. He was comfortable yesterday evening, and at lunchtime today, was eating lunch, drinking tea and preparing for a CT scan and a consult. However, I (being on his 'to call' list as closest in proximity) got a call at 22.30 that he'd suffered what they suspected was a heart attack, and to come in. In the 40 or so minutes it took me to get there, he went.

I sat with him, told him of all the love, worldwide that was being sent for him, and helped the nurses wrap him close, for the last time.

Here's to you, you old bastard.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 18 May 20 - 10:00 PM

sorry to read this, met both Micca and Liz at a mudcat gathering in Portaferry years back.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: meself
Date: 18 May 20 - 10:06 PM

Another of the good ones gone. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: GUEST,Julia L
Date: 18 May 20 - 10:18 PM

Unbelievable. I was just trying to reach him to let him know that the lovely poem he wrote for me is to be featured on a program about monarch butterflies accompanied by my tune "Migration". The tune "arrived" as I sat and played on rocks near the sea surrounded by butterflies. We had an exchange about it and this is what he wrote-
beautiful words from a beautiful soul

Monarch Music by Micca Patterson (written for Julia Lane, August 2019)

A sea girt headland in Eastern Maine
above the waters chilly reach
There sits, and plays, with skills arcane,
a solitary harpist on the beach
She plays and sings an ancient song
of Celtic lands; far, far away places
for which the heart does long,
the loss of things now passed away

Sudden, out of still warm autumn air,
as sudden as an eastern gale,
comes the fairest of the fair-
a cloud of Butterflies, gold and pale

Like Kings and Queens made a
Progress around about ancestral lands,
These Monarchs richness does impress
along these chilly ocean sands
and now with magic all's transformed;
approaching winter stayed its run
Migrating butterflies have swarmed
and paused to hear her play her tune

Transformed by Mother Nature's hand
we find, for a brief moment there,
we caught a glimpse of Fairy land
its Music floating in the air

Now, fuelled by milkweed, off they float
To far off Mexico's warm clime
Through many a day each jewelled mote,
We long for their return, sometime


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: KT
Date: 18 May 20 - 10:34 PM

Broken-hearted.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Micca
From: ranger1
Date: 18 May 20 - 10:43 PM

He was my dear friend. The first time I met him was at my first Getaway. We rode back from the Getaway in the back of Sinsull's van, and while he was here in Maine, I took him to the park I work at. He immediately fell in love with the place, and on every subsequent visit, I would take him back. On a later trip, he mentioned something about taking photos and I told him I didn't have a digital camera. A week or so later, UPS pulled up and delivered two boxes from Amazon. In them was a digital camera and all the gear to go with, along with a card saying "Always expect a gnome to do the unexpected". I shared many photos with him, and on his grand tour of North America, he bought himself a new DSLR camera and gifted me with the old one, along with a 300 zoom lens. I think that was the same trip where we took him with us to visit J-boy's parents and they took us out on Little Sebago Lake and we saw loons up close. I also set up the spotting scope for him at the park so he could see our osprey up close and personal. He was like a little kid, he was so excited.

He was there for me in the hard times, too. Writing a poem for our dog Clancy when he died, calling me after my father died, checking on me if he hadn't heard from me for a while. And it hurts like hell right now to lose him, I am so glad he was in my life.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 May 20 - 11:06 PM

I went to England for Whitby Folk Week in August, 2002. I barely knew Micca, but he offered to give me lodging at his home in Plaistow in the London area before and after the festival in Whitby. He wasn't much of a walker, and I ran him ragged walking around London. But he wanted to make sure that I had a good time. In the process of my visit there, we became fast friends. He attended the Getaway camp in Maryland, and I'd see him there - and I always enjoyed him so much.
And then I was surprised as heck when he asked to come visit me with ClaireBear here in my home in the middle of nowhere in the Sierra Foothills - so he met my wife and family, too.

He was always so enthusiastic about everything, and he treated every person he knew as a treasure. And he loved to sing his silly songs - and we all loved those songs, especially "Gladiator" and "The Hash My Father Scored." He knew what it meant to take delight in life.

And I loved him.
So many of us did.
God, we're gonna miss you, Micca.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: GUEST,J-boy
Date: 18 May 20 - 11:19 PM

Farewell Micca. I'm gonna miss ya,mate.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 May 20 - 11:28 PM

I hope Bill_D will come up with some of his great retrospective photos of some of these events.

I never met Micca, but over the years we wrote via various media and I always appreciated his scientific mind; he had very good observations and advice on many topics.

He sent the best Secret Santa parcel ever to Moonglow, when she participated in the game. And we made sure she sent a thank you note because it was expected (as a teenager she was a little slow about the sending.) I wish I could send Micca a big thank you now for all of the pleasure he offered at Mudcat, the silliness, the music, and the humor. He was a giant among our group, and Keb got the description right, he looked (and sometimes acted) like a character out of Middle Earth.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 May 20 - 11:32 PM

This is so sad. I just saw a post from him on Facebook a few days ago. Micca hosted me at his home in East London more than once, didn't hesitate to offer hospitality on many levels. He was a great cook too. He was a delightful human being, kind, generous, full of hilarious stories, enthusiastic about so many things, including folk music. I hadn't seen him in person in may years but we stayed in touch on Facebook. I am sad to hear of his passing and I shall miss his light in the world.

Peg


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 May 20 - 11:34 PM

hmm well it says GUEST but it's me, Peg....not sure how to fix.

I added your name to that post for you. ---heartbroken mudelf


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine sans cookie
Date: 18 May 20 - 11:35 PM

I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. His contributions here were always appreciated by me. He will be greatly missed.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: hsempl
Date: 18 May 20 - 11:40 PM

I am so sorry to hear this - I did not know Micca personally but having been at Getaway with him he’s not forgettable. I love learning more about him through your all’s memories and his beautiful poems. What a life well lived and loved.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: KT
Date: 18 May 20 - 11:56 PM

Micca was a very talented writer. I tried to get him to compile his writing into a book, but he was pretty humble about it. I sure wish he had.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: GUEST,alison
Date: 19 May 20 - 12:06 AM

So very, very sad to read this today.
I never met him in "real life" but I remember those late night / early morning ICQ & hearme, chats between London & Sydney.
I wear with pride the pendant he sent me.
I'll be looking in the skies tonight Micca.
Travel well my friend.

Alison


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: gnu
Date: 19 May 20 - 12:20 AM

Oh dear! My sincerest condolences to all who knew this fine gentleman.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: JennieG
Date: 19 May 20 - 12:22 AM

Sad news indeed......condolences to all those who knew Micca, whether in real or cyber life.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: ranger1
Date: 19 May 20 - 12:25 AM

Gnu, if you ask those who knew Micca, you'll find out that "gentleman" might not be the most apt description... Lovable rogue is perhaps more fitting.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 May 20 - 12:32 AM

Another man done gone.

So sad.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Genie
Date: 19 May 20 - 01:14 AM

I am heartbroken to hear this news. I didn’t know Micca well but I have delighted in his music and humor and sweet soul for over 19 years here at Mudcat as well as some chances I had to meet him and share music with him at Getaway and recently via Facebook. I was looking forward, now that our pandemic-induced social distancing has necessitated and then enabled “virtual” song circles, to inviting Micca to join us out here on the left Coast and sing for us out here.
Micca, your soul and music were and will remain a treasure.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Amergin
Date: 19 May 20 - 01:32 AM

OH fuck....This place is looking more and more like a cemetery.

I didn't know him well, but he was always funny in the old hearme and other such chatrooms. I remember he sang an Ewan MacColl Parody and I just about pissed myself laughing. I know several of his parodies were/are in Aine's old songbook, if that's still being kept up.

It's not as beautiful as the pieces shared above, and may be slightly inappropriate...but it was him.

The Manchester Wanker
By Micca

I 've been out bird pulling, and with the lads bulling
about all the chicks that I've shagged
The yarns that I've told would make you feel old
as with all the others I've bragged
but give me a large box of tissues
And a warm place to place my behind
and rather give up hand shandies
I think I would rather go blind

Chorus
I'm a wanker, I'm a wanker
from Manchester way.
I get all my pleasure the solitary way
I may be bash my bible on Sunday
But I bash my bishop on Monday

The girl three doors down is a bit of a clown
She wears the most sheer underwear
I know 'cos I've felt it and touched it and smelt
While it hung on the clothesline to air
I asked her out to the pictures
By calling her up on the phone
But I shot my load in her knickers
While lying in bed all alone

Chorus

I went out with my neighbour who tested vibrators
She was built like the terrible hulk
She spent more on batteries than you could win in the lotteries
And she bought Man sized tissues in bulk
But there was one drawback to marriage
She dribbled when chewing the cud
And rather than shagging this woman
I'd rather be pulling my pud


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: GUEST,Linda Kelly
Date: 19 May 20 - 02:38 AM

Still reeling with shock and dismay. Just a lovely lovely man. A great lyricist and long distance song collaborator. There was always something other worldly about Micca. Safe journey back to the mothership dear friend. Linda Kelly


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: The Sandman
Date: 19 May 20 - 02:52 AM

amergin , what a wonderful parody, . r.i. p


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: John J
Date: 19 May 20 - 03:12 AM

To say that I'm saddened by Micca's passing is an understatement. Micca was one of the good guys, the man who was always just 'there'.
I first met him at the Llanstock Mudcat weekend - where I mistakenly thought he was 'our' Bernard, the likeness was uncanny.
I can't quite believe I'll never see him again.
Stay safe Micca, I miss you.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 19 May 20 - 03:12 AM

He failed to credit me for the first two lines of the chorus!


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Ebbie
Date: 19 May 20 - 03:13 AM

The song I will always associate with Micca is the very long one that everyone sang at the first of two times I made it to the Getaways:
    I'm glad glad very very glad
    I'm glad I'm a gladiator
    Ancient Rome, that's my home
    Fried fish shop by the Hippodrome
    I'm glad glad very very glad
    From my helmet to my toes
    My old Dad was a Roman lad
    And he left me a Roman nose
    2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4

I don't think he ever forgot anybody. Ever. Out of the blue the phone would ring and there would be lovely Micca.

I will miss him.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 19 May 20 - 03:15 AM

I met Micca a few times. He took me to a couple of pub sessions and to C# house in when I visited London. He came to the Mudcat gather in Manchester and stayed with us a couple of times. It was always a pleasure to be in his company and although in recent years we have only met up virtually I shall miss his presence greatly.

RIP mate.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: GUEST,open mike
Date: 19 May 20 - 03:32 AM

Oh, he has brought us all together here... Still working magic from beyond... A chemist, or alchemist... Sorry to see him go!


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: GUEST,mouldy
Date: 19 May 20 - 03:32 AM

I've not been on here for ages, for no real reason, but I have just heard the news about Micca.

I only met him a few times: at the Yorkshire Gatherings, and once at a friend's house, when he was visiting, but one of my most treasured memories is taking him to Selby Abbey, so that he could search for, and photograph all the Green Men he could find, and then doing a tour of the local area, to visit a few more churches. We got on extremely well.

He was good fun, he was knowledgeable, he was extremely talented, he had a naughty streak, and I liked him very, very much.

Rest well, Micca


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 19 May 20 - 04:00 AM

Oh, no, not another of my Mudcat friends. We met mostly on line but exchanged "witty banter" a lot. I'm too choked to say more, RIP old friend.
RtS


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 19 May 20 - 04:16 AM

First met Micca at the Stony Stratford Mudgather, where we set up UK Mudcat, and several other places since,over the years. I will always remember him singing The Hash My Father Scored, at a pub in Portaferry NI, where the tune is extremely sectarian, and has been known to start many a fight. However, he got away with it, as only he could. I certainly wouldn't have dared to do it.
Journey on Micca, "Lovable rogue"


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: fat B****rd
Date: 19 May 20 - 04:22 AM

My best thoughts and regards to his family and friends.
RIP Micca


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 May 20 - 04:23 AM

he was my Secret Santa in 2003 & sent me some wonderful poems as clues
GUEST,Sandra in Sydney's SS - PM
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 11:44 AM

***Crackle***crackle****
" the Prezzie departing from Platform 1 is the 14.55 calling at
Kapland Central, Lapland South, Helsinki, St Petersburg, then Fast to Vladivostok, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, and Perth,
Adelaide, Melbourne (change for VicRail) Woolamooloo, Geelong and Kings Cross(without St Pancras)" Travellers are reminded that various line works, snow, leaves etc may cause unpridictable delays"*** crackle***If you wished to catch this Prezzie, TOO LATE it has now departed!!!!!****Crackle****

" Its time to go now
Haul away that Prezzie
Haul away that Prezzie
Its Posting time

Get some stamps on her
Haul away that parcel
Haul away that parcel
Its Posting time"

prezzie included a CD-rom of photos, unfortunately I can't see these pics of Mayday processions, Joe's visit to Micca, UK Catter gatherings, Getaway & more,as modern iMAcs don't have CD slots. I might have to speak to a techy friend to get them downloaded to USB.

RIP with lots of songs, poems & silliness


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: GUEST,Gervase
Date: 19 May 20 - 04:31 AM

Bugger. A twinkling bundle of mischief who would always lift the heart and fill the room. The sort of person your mother warned you never to play with, but such fun and so very kind too. I’ll miss the daft chats about Wagner, whisky and Wicca, the parodies and the serious songs, the laughs and the tales of the sea. The world is a duller place without him.
He epitomised what was best about this place.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 19 May 20 - 04:40 AM

It's funny what you remember. When he stayed with us he was quite taken with our family quirk of having picalilli with a cooked breakfast. I don't know if he ever tried it again but it made me see what we had to cook (only black pud, egg and mushrooms) and had it with picalilli in his honour :-)

With mentions of Mudgathers it set me thinking about them too. I shall start a separate thread for forward planning one when the time is right.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 19 May 20 - 05:08 AM

Terrible news. Micca and I were at Paddington tech together in 1967-69. Both training as Lab techs. Years later I met him again through Mudcat. I remember his singing The Hash my father scored at Portaferry. Sad news indeed. I will let Cobble know.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 19 May 20 - 05:57 AM

Oh, Micca, you were a stalwart friend. From the first time Sinsull brought him to New Hampshire after a Getaway- I was so excited at their arrival I forgot to put sugar in the apple pie I was baking, and he was delighted, because with his diabetes he wasn't supposed to have sugar (we all know how well that went sometimes).

He visited us several more times in my New Hampshire years, and had a special spot on my porch where he delighted in the birds, especially the blue jays. I'll always think of him when the jays come around from now on.

He showed up at Heathrow at 6:30 in the morning when my daughter and I came for a visit in 2005. That was the day of the second subway bombing attempt, which thankfully failed, and he spent two days showing us all over London, took us to C#, to his favorite bakery, bookshop and market. Earlier this year, before the pandemic, I had determined to get back to London as soon as possible, because I had a funny intuition.

Just about a week ago we had a long Skype chat. I remember making a point of saying, "I love you" when we signed off. He called again a few days later, but I wasn't in a place where I could pick up. I'll be sorry about that for a long time.

Go well, dear friend.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Jos
Date: 19 May 20 - 06:22 AM

Oh dear. I hadn't seen him for some years, but somehow I'd thought he would always be there.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: GUEST,black walnut
Date: 19 May 20 - 06:52 AM

Many years ago I asked Mudcat if anyone in London could take me and my daughter in for a couple of nights in London. Micca answered. Through him I met LIz and Squeak and many others. Ever thankful.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Micca (Michael Patterson)
From: Nick
Date: 19 May 20 - 06:53 AM

Sorry to hear. Not a great photo from March 2008 (I think) from the Sun, Beverley. Micca


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