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L. Brooks Patterson Funeral: Saying Goodbye To A Longtime Local Leader

August 15, 2019 - 7:29 am

(WWJ) - Saying goodbye to a longtime local leader.

Thursday is the funeral for the late L. Brooks Patterson. The former Oakland County Executive died on August 3 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

Visitation will be held at Woodside Bible Church along Rochester Road in Troy from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the funeral at 1:30. It will be followed by a private burial.

Some key moments during and after the service will include:

--An honor guard escort of Patterson’s flag draped casket from the lobby into the Worship Center auditorium.
--A military honor guard folding and presenting the U.S. flag to the Patterson family inside the Worship Center auditorium during the service
--An honor guard escort of Patterson’s casket from the Worship Center out through the North Entrance of the church after the service
--A 21-gun salute and taps from the Oakland County Sheriff Office Honor Guard outside the North Entrance of the church after the service
--An Oakland County Sheriff Office helicopter flyover after taps
--An honor guard motorized escort of the hearse as it departs the church property

Patterson was over halfway through an unprecedented seventh term of distinguished service as Oakland County executive. Since taking office on Jan. 1, 1993, he transformed Oakland County with his 21st Century vision and no-nonsense leadership. His mission was to make Oakland County one of the best places to live, work, play and raise a family.

In addition, he served with distinction as Oakland County prosecutor from Jan. 1, 1973 – Dec. 31, 1988.

Patterson announced in March that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, vowing to fight the disease while he continued to work in office.