Pat D’Amato

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

White River Jct., Vt. — Pat D’Amato, 80, passed away on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, surrounded by love at Valley Terrace.

Born on April 16, 1938, in Manhattan, Pat lived in Brooklyn until 1967 when he moved to Staten Island. He attended Our Lady of Guadalupe where he met his sweetheart, Marie.

After St. Michael’s High School, he joined the Air Force ROTC at Brooklyn College, and he worked nights at American Can Company.

He married Marie on Jan. 23, 1960 and the next day received his orders: to work undercover in the Air Force OSI for John F. Kennedy. After retiring in 1965 as a Lt. Colonel and becoming a father, he simultaneously worked at IBM and earned his MBA from the Baruch School of Business. He then started Erisco, located at 1700 Broadway,a company that managed employee health care for large corporations. He and his family moved to Essex Fells, N.J. in 1980 when he sold his company to Dun and Bradstreet.

Pat loved sports of all kinds, playing stick ball, football, and baseball when he was young and coaching his daughter’s softball teams later on.Pat picked up golf later in life when he bought a second home at Woodloch Springs in the Poconos. He and Marie moved there permanently in 2001 and in 2008 built their dream home on the second hole. Pat was an excellent golfer, earning many titles and trophies.

Pat also loved cars, movies, trivia, Broadway shows, Woodloch Pines, Disney, and traveling. His adventurous spirit lead him all over North America and Europe and culminated in a memorable family trip to Las Vegas to celebrate his 70th birthday.

Pat’s next milestone was becoming a grandfather in 2010; Tessie was his pride and joy.

Pat and Marie moved to Vermont in 2016 and found a second family at Valley Terrace where Pat was loved and cared for by the incredible staff. Pat always loved to sing, and even though he suffered with dementia and aphasia,he and his family enjoyed singing at Valley Cafes and in the Recollections chorus.

Pat will be remembered by all who knew him for his beautiful, blue- eyed smile and kind, generous spirit. He is survived by his wife, Marie; his son, Pat Michael of Secaucus, N.J.; his brother, Frank and his wife, Jeanne, of Staten Island, N.Y.; his brother-in-law, Joe Testa in Coppell, Texas; and by his daughter, Marie Theresa; daughter-in-law, Emily; granddaughter, Tessie; and grand-dogs Oliver and Olaf of Wilder. Pat also leaves behind many lifelong friends and devoted cousins.

Services will be held privately.