Mike Patterson Eulogy

Dad was never one to turn down the chance to make a speech. He would want his funeral to be no exception. So here we give voice to dad, taken from his speech at the Napa Institute 2015 Conference. In it, he quoted the great poem, “What Will Matter”, by Michael Josephson.


So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought
but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success
but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned
but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity,
compassion, courage, or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged others
to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence
but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not your memories
but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered,
by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.”


I am here today on behalf of my mother, sisters and brother to celebrate the exceptional life of a remarkable man, Michael Patterson. For many, he was a dear friend, a cherished colleague, a member of our large extended family that spans the US, Canada, and the Philippines. To us kids, he was this larger-than-life man that we were honored to call “Dad”. Read More