OBITUARY

Richard Walter Albrecht

December 5, 1948July 7, 2018
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Richard (Rick) Walter Albrecht, 69, of Killingworth, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the Veteran's Hospital in West Haven.

Rick was born in NYC on December 5, 1948 to Walter George and Dorothy Sheld Albrecht.

He married Rebecca (McGough) Young, June 30, 1984 in Killingworth.

He graduated from The Morgan School in 1966 and Thames Valley Technical College in 1968 with a degree in chemical engineering. He was a Vietnam veteran having served in the USAF. He was a member of The Killingworth Congregational Church where he served as a deacon. He was extremely active in his community wearing many hats in town government most notably as First Selectman. He was a member of the Democratic Town Committee where he served as Chairman, the VFW where he was Commander, a Life Member of the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company for 53 years and the Killingworth Ambulance Association for over 40 years.

Rick managed V-G Flask & Fitting Company in Killingworth for 10 years, was the Town's representative on the board of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, was a Middlesex County Deputy Sheriff, and a State Marshall.

He was devoted to his family, friends and his community, had a great sense of humor, and will be sorely missed by many.

Rick was predeceased by his wife Rebecca, his parents, and his brother Lawrence.

He is survived by his son Matthew Richard Albrecht, of Buxton, ME, step-daughter Jessica Wellington (Rhett) of Indian Land, SC, and their children Trevor and Kate.

He leaves two sisters, Joanne Moore of North Stonington,CT, and Linda Gates of Killingworth, a niece/Goddaughter Victoria Williams and many nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be at Swan Funeral Home, 80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT, Friday, July 13, 6-9 pm.

Saturday morning, July 14, 10am there will be a funeral procession leaving Swan's in Clinton and will end at The Congregational Church in Killingworth, 273 Route 81, where the funeral litergy will be at 11am. Following will be a reception at the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company, 333 Route 81. Burial will be at the discretion of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to The Killingworth Congregational Church, the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company Scholarship Fund, or donate a pint of blood in his honor. Rick had donated over 15 gallons. Lastly, don't forget to VOTE!

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
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Liz (Salling) Santamaria

July 13, 2018

My 10 year old grandson is spending the week with us from New Hampshire. I told him he will be coming to a memorial service for Ricky Albrecht with me on Saturday. He wanted to know how I knew him and if he had ever met Rick. So I started by telling him that I met Rick 53 years ago when I moved to town and went to school with his sister Joanne. I then went on to tell him all the things Rick had done in town etc. and that his mom (my daughter) who grew up in town knew him also. I also told him with all the crazy things going on in politics these days, we all knew that Rick was a Democrat, but it never made a difference to him how anyone voted, as long as they did. I remembered that for a short time Matt came to my home for daycare when Rick was in a bind. I also mentioned that I had to call the ambulance a few months ago when my husband had the flu and Rick showed up so we would have a familiar face. As we talked about Rick all the way home from Old Saybrook , I realized that when my grandson was 6 months old, for his First Christmas my daughter and son in law had brought him to Killingworth to see the lights at Gorski's. Rick Albrecht was Santa that year (another of his many hats). I found a photo that we had taken and showed my grandson, he was very happy to know that Rick had been in his life too. To the Albrecht Family, may all the memories and realizing all the people that Rick touched, make your loss a little easier.

Donald Fisher

July 13, 2018

We were wed at the Country Squire in Killingworth 36 years ago and Ricky Albrecht stood up for my bride that day. Now I can't think of that town without having thoughts of Ricky too, one of my bride's oldest and dearest friends. A man of steady habits, an even temper and a very good humor, Ricky will be sorely missed by all who knew him and the town he served so well in so many ways. God speed Ricky.

Jessica Wellington

July 13, 2018

Jeff Donofrio

July 12, 2018

We will miss Rick very much. Tom Clifford said it best: Rick was all about service to others. I was privileged to work with Rick in his capacity as a State Marshal and even more closely at the Regional Water Authority over the past 10 years. I enjoyed every single conversation we had. My prayers and condolences to Rick's family and friends.

Peggy York Witham

July 12, 2018

My sincerest condolences to your family and many friends. God has given us a valuable gift...that is our ability to have memories. Cherish yours.
Rick, you have done so much for so many, you've earned your eternal rest, my friend.

Catriona MacAuslan

July 12, 2018

Ricky has been a friend for over 50 years..A kind and solid human being. He was always ready to help if he could.
Ricky was my Best Man at my wedding...and when I called him to ask if he would do this for me, I said "Ricky I have a favor to ask of you"...there was a long pause as he most likely wondered what he would need to do for me, having done so much in so many ways before....when I asked him to be my Best Man, another long pause...and then "I would be honored"
Just one of many many memories..going to Newport to the folk festival, chasing him around with scissors trying to cut off his long ponytail after he came back from Vietnam, doing the flowers for his wedding, meeting at the Killingworth Cafe for dinner.....
Ricky, I will miss you more than I can say
Catriona

Janet ( Covalli ) Newcomb

July 11, 2018

My heart is heavy today. Rickie was such a great friend. He was silly, warm, honest, loyal, generous, supportive, always ready & willing to be of help. He didn’t wait to be asked, just jumped in with both feet.
His friendship was a constant.
I’m so glad that he was in my life.
My memories will always be with me.
Love you Rick

Jennifer Slubowski

July 11, 2018

Rick was one of the most knowledgeable people that I've ever known. I am blessed to have known him for the short time that I did. I used to save him pickles from the meeting dinners because he always told me that he liked to put them in his bloody mary's. I will miss him.

Tom Clifford

July 11, 2018

To Rick's family -
My deepest sympathy on your loss. Rick was an American original. His very core compelled him to act....to help others. We were fortunate to have him as the longest serving member of the Regional Water Authority's Representative Policy Board. Rick's innumerable contributions included the orientation program for new members. Moreover, in a much larger way, Rick reflected community service. We were privileged to know him. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Sincerely-

FROM THE FAMILY