Roger A. Patkin, age 55, of Needham, died at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, January 30, after a long battle with cancer.
Roger is survived by his loving wife Susan and his three cherished children, Jake, Carly and Julia; his parents Stephen and Sally Patkin; his brother Todd and his wife Yadira and their son Joshua; and his sister Kimberly Macchi and her husband Dean and their three children, Alexis, Talia and Makenzie. He also leaves his mother-in-law Roberta Kaufman of West Hartford, CT; and his two brothers-in-law, Peter Kaufman and his wife Jennifer and their children Molly, Noah, Jack and Luke, and Jeff Kaufman and his wife Wendy and their children Robert, Alex and Max.
Roger graduated from Needham High School in 1980 and received his BA from Tufts University in 1984. He received his JD from Boston University in 1988. He was CEO and ran the family business, Autopart International, for many years. He still served as CEO and President after the sale of the business before becoming an independent business consultant. In recent years, he was a Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Tufts University where he discovered a passion for teaching.
Roger was an avid skier and snowboarder and enjoyed running, cycling and swimming. He also loved cooking, fishing and travel. He was happiest spending time with his family, especially on Cape Cod and at Okemo Mountain.
Funeral services will be held at Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Avenue, Needham, on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 1;30pm.Shiva will be held at the temple following the memorial service and then at Roger’s home in Needham on Thursday 7-9pm, Friday 2-4pm, Saturday 7-9pm and Sunday 1-4pm. Family and friends are invited to attend. Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168, www.Dana-Farber.org/give ; or Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, David Avigan Research Fund at www.bidmc.org/giving or checks with memo: Roger Patkin/Avigan Research Fund to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Avenue – OV, Boston, MA 02215.