Patricia “Patt” May (Prue) Damiata, 87, wife of the late Louis R. Damiata and long-time resident of Cromwell, died Monday, April 23, 2018, at Middlesex Hospital.
Patt was born in Rockfall, CT on May 12, 1930, the daughter of the late Adelard and Blanche (Hudon) Prue. She attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown and went on to work at E.I.S. Brake Manufacturing in Middletown, where she first met Louie. They were married in 1954, bought a house in Cromwell, and raised their family there.
Patt loved to do arts and crafts, which included knitting, quilting, flower arrangements, and decorating cakes. She won several awards at county fairs for her creative endeavors. She also liked to collect antique house-hold items, and had amassed extensive collections of antique hair pins and pocket purses. Later in life, along with Louie and camper-in-tow, she travelled to bluegrass festivals where she met many lasting friends, and was known to pick a tune or two on the mandolin. For those of us who knew her well, we lovingly remember her as she was in earlier times—as a Den mother for Cub Scouts, making Kermit-the-Frog and Cookie Monster hand puppets, and as someone when asked her name would simply reply “It’s Patt, spelled with two t’s.”
Patt is survived by four sons, Robin Damiata of Colorado, Dean Damiata of Cromwell, Dann Damiata of Cromwell, and Brian Damiata of California, and by a daughter-in-law Keiko Damiata of California. She is also survived by three sisters—Dorothy Tyc of Rockfall, Virginia Konefal of Rockfall, and Lorraine Swenson of North Carolina and one brother, Robert Prue of Florida. She is predeceased by eight brothers—Arthur, Bernard, Leonard, Charles, William, Donald, Nelson and Tom Prue—and two sisters, Delores Prue and Eileen Day.
Family and friends may call on Friday evening, April 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Cromwell Funeral Home, 506 Main Street, Cromwell. A reception, open to all, will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 573 Main Street, Cromwell. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter by: 1) mail – 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT, 06489; 2) online – act.alz.org or by 3) phone – (800) 272-3900. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.