By Tom Lacey
Posted on June 28, 2013 by the Communications Committee
Update on August 21 -- There will be memorial celebration of Patty Mote's life on Saturday, August 31 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at 519 Valencia in San Francisco (between 16th and 17th – near 16th Street BART). Food and beverages will be provided.
Patty Mote died on Friday, June 21st. She had been battling colon cancer for a little over two years. After undergoing surgery for the cancer in 2011, it looked like she was winning that battle, up until this past April. In June, after consultation with her medical team, she agreed to Home Hospice. She died peacefully, in her home, at 10:55 pm.
Patty was born and raised in Indiana, and upon graduation from high school took some college courses in night school, while working in the publishing industry. She spent around four years, off and on, as an editor for the Encyclopedia Britannica. Patty found her life’s calling as an organizer with the growing anti-war movement of the late ‘60's and moved to Washington DC where she volunteered for and eventually landed a staff position with the Peoples’ Party (a national coalition of socialist anti-war groups which ran candidates for office in several states.) While there she worked on the Party Newspaper “Grassroots.” In 1976 she came out to San Francisco to help organize a national convention for the People’s Party. She ended up staying and called San Francisco her home for the rest of her life. She registered to vote with the Peace and Freedom Party of California and was, briefly a member of the County Central Committee.
As all those who know her were aware, Patty was a fierce defender of the Cuban Revolution and had visited the country five times.
Cards can be sent to her husband and partner, Tom Lacey, at 119 Athens Street, San Francisco California 94112
Patty Mote Présente!
Tom Lacey is a long-time member of the Peace and Freedom Party and is currently an officer of the State Central Committee.
For a message from the Cuban Friendship Institute, see Condolencias Patty Mote.