Mayor proposes renaming Fremont street for J.P. Patches

Mayor proposes renaming Fremont street for J.P. Patches

Mayor proposes renaming Fremont street for J.P. Patches

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by SUSAN WYATT / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 29 at 3:21 PM

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed legislation that would rename a Fremont street in honor of J.P. Patches.

Chris Wedes, aka JP Patches, passed away in July after a long illness.

The legislation would rename North 34th St. between Fremont Ave. N. and Troll Ave. N. as "J.P. Patches Place."

In announcing the proposed street change, McGinn called J.P.  Patches "one of our most treasured and enduring icons."

The J.P. Patches show ran from 1958 to 1981. When the show ended, Wedes continued on with the J.P. character, appearing at fairs, festivals and private parties.

Said McGinn, "J.P. 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."

The street that would be renamed is where the J.P. Patches and Gertrude statue is located.

"Thanks for all the joy, friendship, and laughs you’ve given us, JP.  We will never forget you," said McGinn.

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