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Updated: 12/31/2013 10:08:59AM

Michael H. Flato

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Michael H. Flato, 61, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Peace River Regional Medical Center, Port Charlotte, Fla., with his family at his side.

He was born Nov. 28, 1952, in Bronx, N.Y.

Michael was a graduate of the University of Arizona. He worked for over 20 years for Texaco, Inc. in Harrison, N.Y., as a facility manager before retiring. Michael was a volunteer fireman as chief for Kent, N.Y., also United Way Habitat Christmas in April in Westchester County, N.Y. He moved to Punta Gorda in August of 2011. In Florida he volunteered his time to mentoring at Peace River Elementary in Florida and also the YMCA. He was an avid fan of the NY Giants and golfing.

Michael leaves his devoted wife of 29 years, Kathryn; a loving step-father to Elena and Mark; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and he will be missed especially by his best buddy, his dog, Teddy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Rose; and his sister, Holly.

Private services will be made at a later date by the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to American Diabetes Assoc., PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or National Kidney Foundation, Finance Dept., 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.

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