By: E&P Staff
Alberni Valley (British Columbia) Times Publisher Linda Patterson died Sept. 14 after a months-long battle with cancer. She was 57. The paper reported she worked daily for months after her diagnosis.
Raised in the Alberni Valley, Patterson married local broadcaster Ike Patterson, whom she joined at CJAV as a sales rep. There, her husband told the Times, “she learned computers… years before most people paid much attention to them.”
Patterson later took a job at the Pennyworth shopper – hired the day she applied, without a resume. Then Times Publisher Nigel Hannaford — also a Stirling News Group regional manager and today a speechwriter for Prime Minister Stephen Harper — said the decision was easy. “She was always such a go-getter, full of life and vitality. You just wanted to do business with her,” Hannaford told the Times.
Patterson soon moved from ad design and sales to publisher of the weekly, which then grew and included husband Ike’s columns. After the Times had been without a publisher for more than a year, former owner Canwest named Patterson publisher for both papers, offices for which eventually were combined.
Calling it “a sad day for this community,” Port Alberni Mayor Ken McRae said the Pattersons “were one of the great husband-and-wife teams in this city, and that’s often a difficult thing, for spouses to work together.”