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Harold Noyes Patch, also known as Dan Patch, died on June 6, 2021, in Sun City Center, Florida, at the age of 94. He was born in Proctor, Vermont, in December of 1926. In his early years, he lived with his family, the youngest of eight siblings, in Pittsford, VT, where he graduated from high school in 1944. After a year in the U.S. Navy, serving at the very end of WWII, he enrolled in Bryant College, Providence, RI, and graduated with a degree in business education in 1950.
His first teaching job was at Middlebury High School in Vermont where he taught for ten years and met his wife, Mary. They married in 1952 and had three children. After a year of graduate school at Penn State University, the family moved to North Haven, CT, where he resumed teaching at Shelton High School, later becoming director of vocational education. Eventually he became the first computer center director where he ushered the city of Shelton, its school system and the students of Shelton into the computer age by purchasing and directing the operation of one of the first time-share computers on the market. For 48 years, summers were spent on Lake Dunmore in Vermont working at Keewaydin Camp, where Dan started as a truck driver, then became a director for the section of youngest-aged boys, and, in his final years there, he was their bookkeeper. After retiring from Keewaydin, he and Mary spent most summers at their home in Pittsford, VT.
Dan retired from teaching after 25 years and moved to Sun City Center, FL, enjoying retirement community activities. He volunteered for the Emergency Squad and the Security Patrol and for many years he orchestrated the annual dinner for the New England Club serving up a traditional ham and baked beans dinner to hundreds of guests. Mary and Dan both enjoyed traveling in their motor coach taking several trips cross-country and they toured the Canadian Maritime provinces with an R.V. caravan group.
Harold was predeceased by his wife Mary, to whom he was married for 66 years, and his son Michael's wife, Susan, as well as all seven of his brothers and sisters. He leaves his son Steven and wife Rebecca from Barnardsville, NC, his son Michael from Providence, RI, and his daughter Alyson and her spouse Danielle Chaput of Ashfield, MA and North Port, FL, as well as seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Alice Williams of Florence, SC.
There will be no services. His remains will be buried along with his wife's in Evergreen Cemetery in Pittsford as well as in Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington, VT.
Those who wish may make a contribution in his name to the Keewaydin Foundation, 50 Rustic Lane, Salisbury, VT, 05769.