Chris Wedes, TV clown 'Patches,' has died at 84
Chris Wedes, the man who delighted Seattle-area children for decades as the star clown on "The J.P. Patches Show," has died. He was 84.
July 22, 2012
The Associated Press
SEATTLE — Chris Wedes, the man who delighted Seattle-area children for decades as the star clown on "The J.P. Patches Show," has died. He was 84.
A family friend who answered at a phone number listed for Wedes said he died Sunday morning. The Seattle TV station that aired his show, KIRO-TV, confirmed the death (http://bit.ly/NqOERN).
A cause of death wasn't immediately known. Wedes was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2007.
KIRO began airing the show in 1958 in black and white. At its peak, more than 100,000 viewers tuned in each weekday to watch Wedes as Julius Pierpont Patches, the former star of the Ding-A-Ling Circus who retired to become mayor of Seattle's city dump.
The Emmy award-winning show went off the air in September 1981, but Wedes remained a fixture at parades, parties, hospitals and community events where he was cheered by baby boomers who watched his show as children.