DEO, Patrick A., 82 passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Blake Hospital, Bradenton, Fla. His daughters invite all who knew Patrick to attend the Memorial Service to be held at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL on Wednesday, March 13 at 11:00 a.m. There will also be a luncheon afterwards that all are invited and are welcome to share their wonderful memories of Patrick. Born in Newark, Patrick lived in West Orange, Point Pleasant, Manchester and in Sun City Center, Fla. for the past twelve years. After graduating Irvington High School and Seton Hall University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences, he entered the Army serving during the Korean War and receiving the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He first worked as a math teacher for two years. He then began his career with Grand Union Supermarkets in 1958; he retired as its president and chief executive officer in 1991. Patrick Deo was a well-recognized leader in the food retail industry, accomplishing many achievements and honors during his career. Patrick enjoyed a 22 year retirement: he was an avid golfer and boating enthusiast, earning his captain's license; he volunteered annually for the senior citizens preparing tax returns. Patrick truly treasured family vacations, especially in Disney World with his grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wonderful wife June (O'Connor) who he greatly missed. Surviving are his devoted daughters, Terri Cowan, (John) and their children, Nicole and Johnny; and Nancy Colavito (Vincent) and their children, Michael and Alyssa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or a charity of your preference would be greatly appreciated.
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Published in TBO.com on Feb. 2, 2013