Daniel M. Pattarini died April 6, 2105, joining the love of his life in eternal rest. He was 94. A Glen Cove resident for the past 64 years, Dan was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, and his brother Caesar. He is survived by his brother James, sons Charles and Stephen, their wives Carol and Nancy, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Dan’s life was characterized by a life long love affair with his wife, Rita, unwavering love and support for his two sons and their families, and an abiding love of country. Dan was extremely proud of his service in the Navy during WWII where while at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, he assisted in flight tests of Naval aircraft.
As a professional engineer working at Edo, in the late ‘40s, he designed floats and aircraft for the Navy. Over the next four decades, working for Target Rock, Dan was instrumental in the safe development of the nuclear Navy and the commercial nuclear power industry. He designed the crane assembly for installing nuclear fuel for the first commercial nuclear reactor at Shippingport, PA and was part of the team that supervised the procedure. His designs for nuclear control valves were an essential part of the safe development and deployment of the nuclear Navy and the success and growth of Curtiss Wright’s Flow Division, from which he retired in 1989, as president.
But more than his gift for engineering design, Dan will be remembered for his ability to make everyone feel significant in their own right. A humble and patient man, Dan brought out the best in everyone and inspired people to be better than they believed they could be. A loving husband and father, he was a sterling example of the “Greatest Generation;” a great man who has a left this world a better place.
Visitation was held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, www.dodgethomas.com. Service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery.