Omnicom business director Gordon Patterson dies
Omnicom business director, Gordon Patterson, has died. Business Day reports that Patterson was killed in a botched robbery on Thursday night, 21 July 2016.
It is with a sense of shock and devastation that the ABC announces the tragic death of Gordon Patterson, the President of the ABC. Gordon was the victim of a hijacking last night.
The ABC Board, Management and Staff offer their heartfelt condolences to his family.
Gordon served the ABC with distinction. He was appointed as a director in 2001, and also held the position of Vice-President, and more recently President.
His tragic passing will be sorely felt.
The Advertising Media Association of South Africa (AMASA) is devastated by the news of the untimely and tragic death of Gordon Patterson.
Gordon has been one of the leading lights in the media industry in South Africa and his passion for media, and indeed for life, is mirrored in his unstinting and selfless service to the industry for over three decades. Uncompromising in his business principles and unmatched in his desire to share his knowledge with newcomers to the industry, without thought of personal reward, Gordon has left an indelible impression on the advertising and media industry.
We his colleagues and friends, extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Sonja and his family at this time of loss.
IAB SA statement
Advertising and Media legend Gordon Patterson has tragically passed away. Gordon was shot in an alleged botched hijacking last night.
The advertising industry has lost one of its brightest minds.
IAB SA sends our deepest condolences to Gordon’s family, friends and beloved wife Sonja Patterson. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and all in the South African Media and Marketing industry.
A selection of tweets
— ★CHARLIE MATHEWS★ (@mandyldewaal) July 22, 2016
Our condolences to the family of Gordon Patterson.What a tragic and senseless loss. His life and contribution to our industry a true legacy.
— Provantage Media (@ProvantageSA) July 22, 2016
The ACA extends heartfelt condolences to the Patterson family.
We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss. RIP #GordonPatterson
— Assoc_for_Comms&Ads (@ACA_SA) July 22, 2016
RIP Gordon Patterson. We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our friend and colleague. Heartfelt condolences to the Patterson family.
— AAA School (@AAAschool) July 22, 2016
Saddened by news of the passing of Gordon Patterson, a great mind in South Africa’s advertising and media industry.
— PRIMEDIA GROUP (@PrimediaGroup) July 22, 2016
We are saddened by the tragic loss of our media partner Gordon Patterson. Our thoughts are with his family, friends & staff at @OMGDigital
— Standard Bank SA (@StandardBankZA) July 22, 2016
— SABCPortal (@SABCPortal) July 22, 2016
Devastated to hear of #GordonPatterson horrific untimely death. Condolences to all family, friends and specially his new wife Sonja.
— Adlip (@adliptweet) July 22, 2016
Absolutely tragic news about Gordon Patterson – a very sad day for our industries. Condolences to friends and family.
— Jarred Cinman (@jarredcinman) July 22, 2016
Shocked & saddened by the news of Gordon Patterson’s death. Huge loss for the SA media industry. Our condolences to his family @Assoc_Media
— Julia Raphaely (@GilaCT) July 22, 2016