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Patrick J RidicolosoAugust 17, 1923 ~ May 31, 2017 (age 93)
Patrick Joseph Ridicoloso, 93, of Palmetto, Florida, passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. This was after a hip replacement surgery on May 3rd (his 1st one was over 30 years ago) but although that went smoothly a few other health issues set him back. Dad was a fighter and he wanted to keep going, but it wasn’t the plan.
Born in Inwood, New York, he served in World War II mostly in the Philippines (he hated eating pineapples and coconuts after that). On June 25, 1949, he married Dorothy Blanche Andersen, whom he actually met while driving a taxi in Baldwin, NY. She was returning from a play in New York City, and her boyfriend at the time didn’t come pick her up. Talk about “Strangers in the Night” (their song) and how lucky for us four kids!
Pat had more jobs than we can count (guesstimate of approximately 25 in various occupations)! He was a hard worker, often working 2 or 3 jobs to support us with as many Christmas presents as he could! For the most part his main occupation was as an assembler riveter, working for many years for Republic Aviation (now Northrop Grumman). He was one of the workers on the Lunar Module that went to the moon – yes it really did land! Over the years he was a driver for many companies, with his longest reign for Long Beach Hospital on Long Island.
Pat is survived by his four children– daughters, Catherine Proctor, Patricia Ridicoloso, Karen Goldberg, and his son, Thomas Ridicoloso. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren – Jennifer Proctor Mendell, Cheryl Proctor Blizzard, Stephen Goldberg, and Chloe, Sonora, and Olivia Ridicoloso; and 2 great-grandchildren, Lilly and Ethan Blizzard. He is the middle child of deceased parents Mame and Barney Ridicoloso. He is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Ridicoloso and two sisters, Lucy Dionisio and Rose Edwards. His chuckle and smile will surely be missed, but definitely remembered.
A viewing of the body will be available to the public at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205 (941-748-1011) on Friday, June 2nd between the hours of 6-8 p.m. The family is grateful for the condolences, but in lieu of flowers donations would be accepted in his name with the United Service Organization, www.uso.org .
After cremation, which takes 10 days or more, we will be planning a celebration of life to be held at the VA cemetery in Sarasota, FL. It does take some time to set this up thru the VA, so we will try to post something again through the funeral home. There he will be put to rest with our Mom at the same time.
Further obituary information will be posted when available.
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