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Reginald Patota died Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at Indian River Medical Center, due to complications of metastatic melanoma. He had made his home in Vero Beach for the last 20 years.
He was born on November 22, 1925 in Fall River, Massachusetts. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. After his service, he attended Bryant College and later Brown University, where he received a degree in English Literature and Expression.
Reg was an account group supervisor for the advertising agency Batten Barton Durstine and Osborne in New York and Boston. Later he worked for Curtis Publishing /Saturday Evening Post, for Diners Club/Signature Magazine and was advertising manager for CVS. For a number of years he managed family-owned businesses and real estate in Fall River.
An avid boater, he and his wife spent the last 10 summers off coastal New England on his trawler Patriot. He also enjoyed playing tennis and spending time with his beloved English Cocker Spaniel Samantha.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years Joan (Pinevia) Patota; step sons Gifford (Christine) Plume, Geoffrey (Lisa) Plume, Michael (Judy) Plume; grandchildren Gifford, Jameson, Jennifer, and Juliette; two step granddaughters; two step grandsons; nine nieces and nephews and their children.
He was predeceased by his father, Peter Patota; mother, Helen Patota; and brother, David Patota.
Private services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County, PO Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961.