Robert Lewis Pattison
Robert Lewis Pattison died in his sleep of natural causes July 25 in Ajijic at age 73.
Born May 5,1945, in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, Pattison attended Vancouver Community College. In the late 1960s, after the early death of both parents, and a job as a steward on the Canadian Pacific Railway, he discovered the best of two worlds: the sun-filled beauty of Vancouver Island in summer (working as a general contractor), and as a seasonal winter resident in Ajijic and at the beach in Melaque.
Pattison was known as “Mexico Bob” by his friends in Victoria, B.C., and considered both Mexico and Canada his home.
In 1999, Pattison met and lived in Ajijic with former wife Cynthia Slaughter Pattison until both returned to Canada in 2005. They continued to visit Ajijic and Melaque regularly.
Though Pattison had regular interactions the week before he died, he had long suffered from heart problems, to which he finally succumbed.
His wish to have his ashes scattered in the hills above Ajijic is coming true.
Pattison is survived by his brother Ken Pattison, sister Lynne Lasko, one niece and three nephews, all from British Columbia.
A celebration of Pattison’s will be announced in the coming months.