One of the advantages of estate planning is that one can choose to support as many charitable groups as desired. Bernard Malcolm Patterson exercised that privilege when he bequeathed gifts of stock to approximately ten local and provincial charitable organizations.

The QEII Foundation was one of the beneficiaries named in Malcolm’s will and received approximately $250,000. As the funds were undesignated, the gift will be applied to the area of greatest need in the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

Malcolm lived a modest lifestyle but he was always generous to his local community of Yarmouth, as well as to many provincial groups. He often purchased exercise equipment for the local YMCA where he liked to exercise. People who knew Malcolm described him as “a pillar of society and someone we should all strive to be more like”.

A native of Tusket, Malcolm served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1943-1946. He was a graduate of New York’s Academy of Advanced Traffic and was a passenger traffic manager for American Home Products Corporation in New York. After his father passed away, Malcolm returned home to Tusket from New York to be with his mother.

Taking the time to arrange his estate gave Malcolm the opportunity to support all of his favorite charities and make a difference in the lives that follow. The QEII Health Sciences Centre is grateful for Malcolm’s generous legacy.