Lifelong Poughkeepsie Activist Walter Patrice Passes Away
Walter M. Patrice was a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie who passed away on December 16, 2018 at the age of 99 with his loving family at his side. He was happily married to his wife, Myrtle, for 64 years before her passing in 2010. He was employed by IBM in Poughkeepsie for 33 years before retiring in 1985.
Walter, affectionately known as “Toot” to his friends and family, enlisted into the Army in 1942 and served overseas in the Mediterranean theater. He served on the City of Poughkeepsie Recreation Commission, the City of Poughkeepsie Planning Board, the Dutchess County Historical Society, the Executive Men’s Club of Poughkeepsie, the Colored Troops Museum of Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York and the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Among his many honors was his induction into the Sports Hall of Fame for Johnson C. Smith College in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Dutchess County Baseball Hall of Fame and the Dutchess County Sports Museum Hall of Fame. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him and a valued member of the City of Poughkeepsie community.