Remo Nicole Patri Remo Nicole Patri, well-known Bay Area architect and 40-year resident of Sonoma, died peacefully at home in Sonoma, surrounded by his family. He was 81. He was born March 27, 1931 in San Francisco to Stella Nicole Patri, a world-renowned paper conservator and bookbinder of rare books, and Giacomo Giuseppe Patri, a prominent San Francisco artist and teacher.
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He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Johanna, his three children and six grandchildren: Parker and wife Sandy and children, Stewart and Jenna of Hollister; Brad and wife Cassy and children, Brendan, Jacob and Lexi of Redding; and Andrea and husband, Gardner and son Giacomo of Sonoma. He also is survived by his brother Tito and wife Bobby of San Francisco and family; his step-brother, Georges Rey and wife Cynthia Haggard of Washington, D.C., and cousins Colette Garrison and Livia Meagher and their families. He is predeceased by his daughter Marina and brother Piero.
He grew-up in San Francisco and Corte Madera. A graduate of Tamalpais High School and San Francisco State University, with a degree in Anthropology, he served in the Navy from 1950 to 1954 in the underwater demolition team, the forerunner of the Navy Seals.
In 1957, he and his brothers established Patri/Patri/Patri, architecture, planning, and landscape design firm. In 1963, with partners he founded the San Francisco architectural/planning firm, Whisler-Patri Associates, specializing in the preservation and re-use of San Francisco landmarks. During the 1960s, he was active in the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), a civic policy organization, and served on SPUR's steering committee for the Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design, founded by the family.
At an early age he was drawn to the sea and during his life-time was an experienced sailor and participated in several transpacific races. Forever adventurous, in the early 1960s he restored a 1946 Luscombe T8-F, a revolutionary high-wing, airplane, which he flew to job sites within the western United States.
Patri was a licensed architect in California and Hawaii, where he and his wife and children lived from 1968 to 1972. A project which he cherished was the design and construction of new animal shelters and environments for the Honolulu Zoo.
In 1972 he relocated to Sonoma with his family where he established his architectural practice for 40 years. A preservationist at heart, Remo and his wife restored the Captain Peter Stofen house, built in 1904 in Sonoma. He also was well-known in the Bay Area for his forensic work in construction defect litigation. He served on the Board of Directors of the Western Construction Consultants Association.
Patri served on the City of Sonoma Planning Commission from 1973 to 1977 and was the Chair for two years, where he applied his planning and architectural expertise to preserve the charm and authenticity of Sonoma. He was a past president of the Valley of the Moon Boys and Girls Club and was instrumental in the acquisition of a laundry building on First Street West (now live/work units), which he designed into its first permanent home. He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley International and received the Paul Harris Fellow award.
Diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia in 2001, he joined the Bay Area Walk Team of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He was invited to become an honorary member and with his wife he participated in marathons throughout the United States and in Rome. In 2012, the Bay Area Walk Team honored him through the creation of "Team Remo" for the Kauai Marathon.
His hobbies included sailing, traditional jazz, and wood-working. He was an aficionado of history, storytelling, and fascinating trivia, with an incredible memory. His wit and intellect will be greatly missed. He was most proud of his children, his grandchildren, and the Sonoma home he created.
On March 23, 2013 family and friends are invited to honor his life and participate in a memorial wawith a reception following. If you wish to attend and for additional information, please contact the family or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, leaving your e-mail address.
Donations in Remo's memory may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Greater San Francisco Bay Area Walk Team, 1390 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94102; the Arts Guild of Sonoma, 140 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476; or the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center, Youth Apprentice Program, Foot of Gate Five Road, Sausalito, CA 94965.
"Like the morning sun you come, and like the wind you go." - Robert Hunter
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 10, 2013