OLD SAYBROOK – Interment will be held privately for Richard Sheldon Patenaude, 81, who passed peacefully from this life, at home, on Aug. 30, 2011.
Born in Windsor, he was the son of the late Sheldon Earl and Madeline Hathorne Patenaude.
Having served his country in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman first class, he continued at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a machinist. Richard obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, class of 1960, at the University of New Hampshire.
He started his career with Pratt & Whitney, shortly thereafter; Richard began his long career with General Dynamics working in the Groton Electric Boat Division. Upon leaving Electric Boat, he began his own consulting firm, continuing his work in the field of nuclear engineering.
Richard’s passions were many. He will be remembered as a pilot, as a lover of the oceans and a sailor, as a marksman and gun enthusiast, a HAM Radio opera-tor, an amateur geologist, a clas-sical music buff, and an avid reader.
He was an active member of the Masons. Richard was deeply dedicated to the Shriners.
Richard is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Rowe Patenaude; their daughters, Michelle Patenaude and her husband, Frank, of Milford, and Melissa Patenaude Friend of Memphis, Tenn.; his three grandchildren, Dana Emily Rozanski, Joseph Patenaude Friend and Nicholas Carey Friend; brother, George Patenaude and his wife, Shirley, of Ledyard; his sisters, Barbara Patenaude Kendall of South Woodstock and Pauline Paten-aude Bacon and her husband, Van, of Lunenberg, Vt. and Corona de Tucson, Ariz.; a niece and four nephews; many col-leagues, enthusiasts, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution, in memory of Richard Sheldon Patenaude, may be made to Sahib Shrine, 600 North Beneva Road, Sarasota FL 34232.
This obituary first appeared in the October 13th print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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