Martin Robert Patton Sr.

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Martin Robert Patton Sr.

January 06, 1930 - March 09, 2019

Martin Robert Patton Sr. ONEONTA - Martin Robert Patton Sr., 89, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on March 9, 2019.
Born Jan. 6, 1930, in Oneonta, the son of Martin Brown and Agnes Jenette (Hanes) Patten, he lost his dad in 1948 in a farming accident.
Marty worked for D&H Railroad the summer of 1948 and as a bell hop at the Oneonta Hotel nights, graduating from Oneonta High School in 1949. He started working as a salesman for Stringers, selling Kaiser/Fraiser cars, 1950 and 1951 working nights at Lynn Coach, operating a 7A turret lathe. Following high school, he played semi-pro football for several years.
He married the love of his life, Gina V. Colone, on Nov. 23, 1952, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oneonta. She was a telephone operator.
Marty then worked for NYSEG from 1952 to1963 as a lineman. He became a well-known business man with the purchase of Zummo's Market. Jack Zummo taught him how to make his famous sausage and to cut sides of beef for the display case. Marty added an ice cream parlor and purchased a food truck, selling subs and pizza at SUCO and Hartwick College. He later leased the building for a restaurant, and then opened the Fiesta Restaurant in that location. He was the owner of Susquehanna Glass, East End Coin Laundry and managed Emmons Estates for five years, and began purchasing multiple commercial buildings and apartment buildings, including the House of Brides property on Southside.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He enjoyed winning at cards, doing puzzles and walks down his driveway.
He is survived by his children, Martin and his wife, Brenda Patton and stepsons, Eddie and Patrick Grace, and the late, Sean Grace; Cynthia and husband, Joseph Marino; Paula and her husband, Allen Fassler and daughters, Alexandra and husband, William Barrus and Vanessa; Patricia Bettiol, and her late husband, Eugene Bettiol Jr. and daughters, Carleigh and Brooke; Pamela Patton and son, Bradley; a brother, the late Frank and his wife, Lorraine Patten; sisters, Agnes DeShaw, the late, Dora and her late husband, Andy Colby and the late, Flora Patten; a sister-in-law, Mary and husband, Duane Hathaway; brothers-in-law, Philip and wife, Jeanette Colone, Arthur and wife, Denise Colone, John and wife, Marianne Colone and the late Herman and his wife, Eileen Colone; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Gina on Oct. 24, 2010; his parents, Martin and Agnes Patten; and nieces, Susan and Annette Colone and Donna Hathaway.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 14, at Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
The funeral mass will be at 10:15 a.m., Friday, March 15, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE First St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131;
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Published on March 12, 2019
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Philip(Babe) & Jeanette Colone
Mar 14, 2019
We had some very good times together. We cherish those memories forever/ Rest in peace Marty and Gina.
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Mar 14, 2019
Thinking of you at this time. Many blessing to all of you.
Rex palmeter
Mar 13, 2019
You. Are going to be missed by a lot of people I have knowcyou a long time Rest In Peace my friend
Tanya B
Mar 13, 2019
I cannot even begin to express how loved Marty was! I am beyond blessed to have met him, and spent some time playing cards and puzzles. OH HOW HE LOVED THOSE 2 THINGS! but nothing will compare to the love for his family! how he would get a sparkle in his eyes anytime you brought up his kids or grandkids. it feels as if I knew him forever. He was so sweet, kind and gentle. I am forever grateful to have met such a beautiful soul. we have gained such a precious angel to watch over us.
we will miss you so much Marty!
with love always - Tanya & Family
Bruno Scavo
Mar 13, 2019