After the passing of Seattle icon J.P. Patches in July, many - including Mayor Mike McGinn - called for a street to be named in his honor. Yesterday the Seattle City Council agreed, unanimously approving a resolution that will rename a chunk of north 34th Street in Fremont J.P. Patches Place.
Fittingly, the renamed street will be right in front of Fremont's J.P. Patches statue.
The decision is sure to bring smiles to many faces in Seattle and throughout the Northwest. As MyNorthwest.com reports, one of the folks smiling is councilmember Jean Godden, who commented: ""He died recently, but we will always remember him. He will be close to our hearts."
In late September Mayor McGinn's office offered this call for the action:
The City of Seattle has been fortunate to be the home of many great artists, thinkers, and performers of all types--but one of our most treasured and enduring icons will forever be Chris Wedes, better known as J P Patches. On television from 1958 to 1981, Mr. Wedes entertained generations of Seattle-area children and adults with his unrehearsed show, broadcasted live and often twice a day. Friendly and mischievous, J P Patches delighted audiences with an improvised style and charm that was as unique as it was hilarious, enlisting the help of a vast array of zany characters, most of them played by his friend and co-star Bob Newman. JP Patches made such an impact on our community that when he passed away earlier this year, many Seattleites felt that they had lost a member of the family.
In honor of Seattle's favorite clown, today the Mayor's office is proposing legislation that will rename North 34th Street between Fremont Ave North and Troll Ave North as "JP Patches Place." Many will recognize this stretch of street as the location of the JP Patches memorial statue.
Thanks for all the joy, friendship, and laughs you've given us, JP. We will never forget you.