Paul Milotte Jr., 82
Paul Etienne Milott Jr. of Mattapoisett and Jupiter, FL passed away at St Luke’s hospital in New Bedford on November 7, 2017. He was 82.
Milott was born in Cambridge, MA, the son of the late Paul E. Milott and Adrienne (Messier) Milott. After graduation from Newton Public Schools, he attended Tufts University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He would later receive a Masters in Business Administration from Ana Maria College.
Upon graduation from Tufts in 1956, he accepted a position as a vehicle test engineer at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan. It was during this period that he met his future wife, Edith Ilona Soderblom. They were married in 1960.
In 1962, Milott accepted a Senior Development Engineer position at Pratt’s Whitney Aircraft in West Palm Beach, FL. He relocated to New England in the mid-1960s, following the passing of his father.
In the early 1970s, Milott and family returned to Massachusetts, settling in Shrewsbury. Soon after, he joined the former Data General Corporation in Westboro (computer system manufacturing) as Director of Quality. He completed a 23-year career holding a variety of positions in corporate management.
His connection with Mattapoisett started in 1950, during the days of the original St. Anthony’s Church, Freddie’s Texaco, and Lariviere’s Pharmacy, when his parents built a summer residence at Crescent Beach. He and his family summered at Crescent Beach until 1998, when he retired to a newly-built home near the village center.
He was an active retiree who participated on the Computer Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. He served St. Anthony’s Parish as a Eucharistic Minister. He enjoyed many a weekend power boating on the water in Buzzard’s Bay. He was an active runner for many years, who frequently participated in nearby 5K races. In later years, bicycling became his favorite outdoor past time.
Preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Edith Ilona. Surviving family members include his wife Paula M. Milott of Mattapoisett and Jupiter, FL; son, Paul E. Milott III and his wife Kathleen of Cambridge, MA; daughter Lisa M. Puhala and husband Richard of Round Rock, TX; daughter Karli A. Lomax and husband Michael of Houston, TX; and four grandchildren, Isabella Puhala, Colette Puhala, Jalen Lomax, and Payton Lomax. He was predeceased by his sister Virginia Grace and is survived by brother, Jon Everett Milott, Jamestown, RI and Merritt Island, FL.
His funeral will be held on Monday, November 13 at 9 a.m. from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the St. Anthony's Church, P.O. Box 501, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.