Robert “Bryson” Patterson was born in Toronto 1926 and moved to Kemptville in 1959 to open his own business. For the next 35 years he was a fixture in the local sports community. Although not a talented skater, he played in the Kemptville Gentlemen’s Hockey League where “The Yellow Pelican” managed to score the odd goal.An Avid curler, Bryson skipped one of the very few teams in Winchester to ever score an “8 ender”. His involvement with minor sports in the community was extensive. In the mid 60’s he was one of the founding fathers of minor hockey in Kemptville. Bryson managed numerous hockey teams, including the 1976 Peewee Silver Stick Championship team. His exceptional organization skills allowed him to thrive as registrar for the KDMHA, and then as head registrar for the Ottawa District Hockey Association.
Bryson was recognized for his contributions to minor sports by being awarded the Kemptville Lions Club Frank Boucher Award, as well as receiving a recognition award for 25 years of volunteer service with the ODHA. Even after his own sons had grown and left the area, Bryson continued to be a fixture at many sports events. He and a “rogue gallery” of others ran the timekeepers booth at the Kemptville 73’s hockey games and spent countless hours behind the backstops at the ball diamonds.