Obituary: Louis R. Porrata, 90, of Trumbull

Louis R. Porrata, age 90, a long-time resident of Trumbull, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 30th at Masonicare of Newtown.

Mr. Porrata was born to the late Louis G. Porrata and Mary Nevins Porrata, and grew up in New York City with his sister Marie and his brother Raymond.

A mechanical engineer, Louis retired as Director, Engineering Research and Development for CBS Records, where he had been a pioneer in the development of the LP and its manufacturing process and where he held several U.S. and German patents.

During his 42 year career with Columbia Records, his enthusiasm and well known reputation for trouble-shooting and problem-solving took him to recording studios and record plants throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. He later turned his energies to the field of medical devices, inventing landmark solutions for the manufacture of specialized pressure vessels and cardiovascular surgical equipment.

Along with his wife, Dorothy, Louis was dedicated to serving his family parish and the humble support of many charitable organizations. His generosity was felt by many. He was a great advocate of reading, a passionate love he wished to share with others.

Music was a central theme in his life, both professionally and personally. A favorite pastime was singing, sometimes in the “Barbershop” style with a forerunner to the present day Coastal Chordsmen, who performed to his great delight at his recent 90th birthday celebration.

Louis clearly centered his life on his family, and greatly enjoyed taking his children to see some of the sights of “this great country.” A patriotic man, he very proudly served during World War II in the U.S. Navy and said that he thought of those men every day of his life.

Louis was known for his kindness and the smile he gave to all. He loved to share warmth and laughter, and spoke often of his gratitude to God. His character and example are his greatest legacy. He will be sincerely missed.

Louis is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Dorothy Runge Porrata, and their four children: Dorice and her husband William Quentin Singleton of Ridgefield, NJ; Paul Porrata of Southbury, CT; Diane and her husband Tim Nighswander of Hamden, CT; and Carol and her husband Bruce Elstein of Trumbull, CT; six grandchildren, Michael R. Porrata and his fiancé Elizabeth Miras, James Louis Porrata, Matthew and Tyler Nighswander and Andrew and Julia Elstein; as well as many dear nieces and nephews.

Having spent part of his childhood receiving loving care in an orphanage, he wished to contribute to the care of other orphans. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his name to The Good Shepherd Home, c/o The Convent of St. John the Baptist, Attention Maureen Woods, PO Box 240, Mendham, NJ 07945. Friends may call at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Road, Trumbull, CT, from 6 - 8 p.m. on Monday, June 2nd. A Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 3rd at 11:30 am at Christ the King Church, 4700 Madison Ave, Trumbull, CT, followed by a burial service with military honors at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 1056 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull, CT. Family and friends are invited to a reception afterwards at the Marriott Hotel in Trumbull.

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