Patterson loses an icon
by PI Staff
Jul 31, 2014 | 1303 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Those who knew Lt. Col. John V. Azevedo most likely wouldn’t have one bad thing to say about him. After all, how could you? The man was a prime example of servitude towards our country and community. His 25 years of service in the Army alone earned him more recognitions and promotions than most enlisted men could ever dream of. His service spanned WWII, the Korean War, work in the Pentagon and Presidio of San Francisco.

Azevedo was even recognized personally by the mayor of Antwerp, Belgium for his work during the V-bombing of the city, which ended in 1945. 2,448 German V-1 flying bombs were launched at Antwerp, killing over 6,000 Belgians. Indeed, Azevedo’s impact was felt worldwide, but nowhere was his presence and involvement more respected than in his hometown here in Patterson.

In fact, we owe much to Mr. Azevedo. Hundreds of city trees were planted as a result of the Beautification Committee that he originally formed, and he is responsible for the preservation of the cities’ downtown Center Building museum and many of the artifacts that reside in it.

Azevedo was proud of Patterson; it was apparent any time you talked to him. We here at the Irrigator, and many other community members, will forever remember his enthusiasm to preserve the cities’ rich history, which he was always more than happy to share. Some of our fondest memories came upon entering the Center Building museum during the annual Apricot Fiesta, where Azevedo would be seated inside, satiating our imaginations of how things were like in the “old days” of Patterson.

One can only hope that our city may again see the type of selfless service to the community that Azevedo embodied. He was the epitome of service above self, and to say that he set a high bar in terms of servitude to the community would be an understatement. We here at the Irrigator will miss him dearly.
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