Packard, Richard Cotton
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Feb. 15, 1923 - Sept. 9, 2009
Richard Cotton Packard, 86, of Bradenton, formerly of Delray Beach, died Sept. 9, 2009.
A gathering of friends will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street, Bradenton.
Born in Manhattan, N.Y., he moved to Bradenton in 1999 from Delray Beach.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team during World War II, a recipient of the Silver Star, a member of the Rotary and an Episcopalian.
He worked for PPG Industries, was an avid writer, a self-published novelist and a passionate Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Predeceased by wife of 43 years, Patricia Hawkes Packard, he is survived by wife Mary Ellen of Bradenton; sons Peter (Marilyn) Townsend of Nevillewood, Pa., Dr. Andrew (Gina) Packard of Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Nicholas Packard of China; daughter Mary Cotton (David) Sullivan of Lexington, Ky.; brother Edward (Sarah) of East Hampton, N.Y.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Online condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2009