Obituary: Patrick Aloysius Pallotto, 91, of Milford
Mr. Pallotto was born in Richwood, West Virginia, on September 15, 1921 to the late Berardino and Carolina Finemore Pallotto.
Pat worked as the newspaper editor for the Post Publishing Company of Bridgeport, CT for nearly 42 years. He began his journalism career with The Fairmont Times in West Virginia. After graduating with a BS degree in journalism from West Virginia University, he worked as a copy editor at the Cape Cod Standard Times in Hyannis, MA.
Pat and Florence then moved to Waterbury, where he worked as front page makeup editor while she was the proofreader at The Waterbury Democrat. After the birth of their first child, Patricia, in 1947, he joined The Bridgeport Telegram as its suburban editor and 10 years later became Sunday editor of The Bridgeport Post and retired in 1988.
Pat was a member of The Deadline Club of the New York Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and later transferred his SPJ membership to the CT Chapter. Pat was a former member of the People’s Bank Board of Counselors, a life member of Bridgeport Host Lions Club, the liaison to Easter Seal Camp Hemlocks in CT and editor of CT District 23A Lions’ quarterly, The District Pride. He was also the Director Emeritus of the United Way of Eastern Fairfield County and former chairman of the agency’s Council for Volunteer Development. He was a Member of the Advisory Board of Goodwill Industries of Western Connecticut and former member of the board of the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging.
Pat was the Secretary/ Program Chairman for M.A.L. E.S. (Male Active Lively Energetic Seniors) and former board member of the Connecticut Chapter, American Diabetes Association and its delegate to the Community Health Charities Board of Central CT. He was a member of the Milford Library Board and a member of the new library building committee. Pat was also the former chairman of the Board of the Kennedy Center, former member of the board of Visiting Nurse Services of CT and its Partners in Care affiliate.
Pat was a charter member of the lay board and served two six-year terms on the board of trustees of Lauralton Hall in Milford, the Catholic high school attended by three daughters and two granddaughters. Pat was the Past President of the board of the Housatonic Girl Scout Council in Bridgeport, CT and served several terms as board secretary. He was the last president of the Easter Seal Society and Past President of the former Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center of Bridgeport, now the Ahlbin Center, an affiliate of Bridgeport Hospital.
Pat was also a former member of the Bridgeport Hospital Advisory Counsel. He was the recipient of the National Easter Seal Society and won the Volunteer of the Year Award presented by entertainer Pat Boone, recipient of two Melvin Jones Fellow Awards from District Governors, and Recipient of the Knight of the Blind Award presented by the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation. He was recently active with the Connecticut Radio Information System (CRIS), the talking newsstand for the blind and dyslectic.
He loved to bowl and did so twice a week in two seniors leagues with his wife. Volunteerism was his gift to society and his legacy.
Survivors include his three daughters, Patricia Schickler (Mark) of Bridgeport; Carol Krieger of Parkton, MD; Nicola DiViesta of North Haven, three sisters, Angelina Julian and Gloria Grindo, both of Fairmont, WV; and Josephine Dietz of Millerstown, PA, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pat is pre-deceased by one brother and two sisters. Family and friends may call on Monday, June 10th, from 4:00-7:00 PM in The Gregory F Doyle Funeral Home, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 11:00AM DIRECTLY in St Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the organizations in honor of Pat’s volunteerism.
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