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    Posted: 04 Oct 2021 at 2:46pm

Capt. James H. Patton Jr., 82, beloved husband of Mary (Leone) Patton, of Babcock Road, North Stonington, passed away at his home Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. Born in Norwood, Mass., he was the son of the late James H., Sr. and Suzanne Patton.

James graduated in 1960, from the U.S. Naval Academy, serving on multiple submarines over his 25-year career. He retired from the Navy as captain in 1985, and opened a consulting company, Submarine Tactics & Technology, Inc. He was an avid trout fisherman and member of several organizations, including the Naval Submarine League, the N. Stonington Lions Club and the N. Stonington Education Foundation (NSEF).

In addition to his devoted wife, he leaves three children, Terry P. Rhoads of Swampscott, Mass., John M. Patton of Atlanta, Ga., and James H. Patton, III of Annandale, Va. He is also survived by his sister Mary E. Cobbett of Swampscott, Mass.; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the NSEF or N.S. Lions Club. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at St. Michael's Church, 60 Liberty St., Pawcatuck. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly, is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit

Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
59 Spruce St.
Westerly, RI  02891

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