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Mayor's only son, 35, dies from lung cancer

Thursday, January 29, 2009 By Bob Sandrick bsandrick@sunnews.comSolon Herald Sun

Kevin C. Patton II, son of Solon Mayor Kevin C. Patton, died early Jan. 21 from complications of lung cancer. He was 35.

The younger Patton, like his father, lived in Solon most of his life. He attended St. Rita School and graduated from St. Peter Chanel High School in Bedford.

"He was courteous, polite, soft-spoken and gentle," said Tom Cornhoff, the city's human resources manger.


Mayor Patton said his son was a fan of "Star Wars," World Wrestling Entertainment and the Cleveland Indians.

The father and son lived a stone's throw away from each other.

When the mayor bought a house on Creekside Trail in late 2002, the younger Patton bought and moved into his father's old house on Glenallen Avenue.

The younger Patton worked in the shipping and trucking industry. He was employed by UPS and Federal Express.

For the last nine years or so, the younger Patton worked in the Global Forwarding Division of DHL.

The younger Patton was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve. He stayed in Cleveland Clinic for six days in late December, then went home.

At about 2 a.m. Jan. 21, the mayor received a call that his son had been taken to Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. He was having trouble breathing.

The mayor and his wife Linda were at the hospital when his son died. In addition to his father, the younger Patton was survived by his mother, Sharon Patton, and his sisters Megan Fristik and Bridget Patton-Wayton.

He was also survived by his companion Denise Formica and her children Vincent, Louis and Marisa Formica.

The funeral was Saturday at St. Rita Church. Patton was buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Solon.

Contact Sandrick at (216) 986-5478.

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