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Richard DEONATIVIA


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DEONATIVIA, Richard S. Richard S. deOnativia, Atlanta, age 96, passed away September 13, 2018. He was born to a Swedish father and an American mother in London England in 1922. His surname was Christiansen but after coming to America he took the name of his stepfather, Thomas deOnativia. He was raised in Indian Rocks, Florida where he and his brother John learned the sports of fishing, and boating which they enjoyed their whole lives. Dick became a U.S citizen in WWII and was a "white hat sailor" for 6 years both in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. In 1948 he was part of a fleet that observed the first nuclear test at Eniwetak Atoll. He and his shipmates were the victims of falling radioactive ash for which he received a much deserved disability allowance in later years. Dick and his first wife Eleanor built their home in Winter Haven, Florida and raised four wonderful daughters, Elizabeth, Victoria, Sally and Susan. As a rancher a great adventure was taking a giant shipload of cattle to South Korea to President Sigmund Rhee for Dick's neighbor retired General Van Fleet. His second marriage for a number of years was to the former Julienne Morton of Knoxville Tennessee and Atlanta. As president of Southeastern Properties in Atlanta he managed real estate investments for himself and others. His passions were fishing, golfing and trading securities on his own account. He is survived by his daughters Elizabeth Cotten of Breckenridge, Colorado, Victoria Jackson of Lake Mary, Florida, four grandchildren and ten greatgrandchildren. Memorial services to be held at a later date.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 15, 2018
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