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Jeffrey Patterson Oths

Jul 20, 2021

Jeffrey Patterson Oths passed away peacefully on July 19, 2021. Reared in Waterford, Connecticut, Jeff graduated from Nasson College in Springvale, Maine, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He held positions in sales and retail over the years, but the true focus of Jeff’s lifelong passion lay in his love of Conchology and the seashells he researched, collected and cataloged.

An avid sheller for decades before moving to Fort Myers/Sanibel Island in 2003, Jeff saw Sanibel Island and neighboring Captiva as a shell lover’s paradise and treasure trove for growing his collection. He spent hours walking the beach in search of wentletraps and other shells including in 2009, when on Christmas Day, he discovered a long-spined star (Astralium Phoebium), later determined to be a new species on Sanibel Island.

Jeff was a member and past president of the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club as well as past chairman and artistic judge for the annual Shell Festival. Over the years, he was a proud recipient of many ribbons for his masterly presented exhibits at the Shell Festivals. He greatly enjoyed gathering with fellow Conchologists to discuss their latest finds, and he was eager to share his collection with those equally passionate about shelling. His collection extended beyond the shells themselves and included their incorporation into art, antiques, and clothing. Jeff’s unique collections of antique mother-of-pearl shell art and glass fishing net floats are currently on display in the Sanibel Island Public Library and can be seen during regular library hours. Friends can honor his memory by visiting his displays at the Sanibel Island Library.

At Jeff’s request, his ashes will be scattered at sea. Donations in his name may be made to Hope Hospice.