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Peter Pattinson

March 13, 1927 — January 25, 2022

Peter John Harold Pattinson, age 94, of Villanova, PA, passed away on January 25, 2022.

Born in Alnwick, Northumberland, United Kingdom, he was the son of the late Harold and Marna (née Smith) Pattinson.

Peter graduated from the Wellingborough School in Northamptonshire, UK and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rugby College, Rugby, UK.

It was during the fifteen years that he lived in Australia that he met his wife of 57 years, Alexa, of Adelaide, Australia.  They married and then moved to the United States in 1969.  Peter was proud of becoming a United States citizen.

Before his retirement, Peter was a senior executive in the global power generation industry. He had an expertise in, and thoroughly enjoyed, negotiating large projects across different cultures around the world. He also sat on the board of directors of several international companies.

Peter was a member of the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA where he also coached the cricket team for several years.  He was particularly proud of having coached that team during an international tournament held at Lord’s Cricket Grounds in London – known as the Home of Cricket - where he even got an opportunity to bat!  He was a member of The Right Angle Club of Philadelphia and was a member of the Ashwood Manor Civic Association of Villanova.  Peter also enjoyed playing tennis, photography, travel, engineering and fixing just about anything!  He was known for his sense of humor which saved many a day.

Peter is survived by his beloved wife, Katharine Alexa (née McAuley) Pattinson; his children, Richard J. Pattinson (Sheila) of Gastonia, NC and Christopher J. Pattinson (Eileen) of Lincoln, MA. He is the proud grandfather of Lindsey Pattinson of Roanoke, VA, William Pattinson of Gastonia, NC, Alex Pattinson of Lincoln, MA and Emily Pattinson of Lincoln, MA. He is also survived by his brother, Alastair Pattinson of Frome, Somerset, United Kingdom.

Services will be held privately.

In lieu flowers, contributions in Peter’s memory would be appreciated to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675 Web: and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, P.O. Box 2005, Milford NH 03055, Web:

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