Richard John Schiess
September 25, 1927 – April 17, 2018
After 90 years, Richard J. Schiess whistled his last song and left this earthly life in the early morning of Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Born in September 1927, he was a man both of his time and ahead of his time. At the tender age of 17, he joined the Navy and served out the final months of World War II bringing soldiers home from battle. He returned home to Harrison, New York, the town where he was raised as the middle child of Charles and Hermine Schiess. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1950 and married Caryl Corbetta in l953. Together they went on to raise a large family. Richard was one of the original Mad Men, that breed of New York Advertising executives who worked hard, played hard, and retired to the suburbs at night. In his role as father, he was known for changing diapers, giving baths, pushing strollers, and putting his children to bed, never forgetting to add a story and a song. Richard’s fierce and independent streak, coupled with a dream of being his own boss, propelled him to move his family to Madison, Connecticut in l972 where he became the owner of a local retail business. Richard found his niche in small town life and greeted everyone with a whistle, smile, and a hello. Everyone would say that the words “devoted,” “hardworking,” and “reliable” characterized him as both a business man, a family man and friend. In his later years, Richard enjoyed the pleasures of the front porch at Lake Sunapee, walks at Hammonasset beach, tending his garden and flowers at Act ll, telling jokes, buying gifts, and the antics of his dog Sassy. Richard volunteered his time and talents to both the Killingworth library and drove for the Madison community services. In addition to his family, his professional alumni group held a special place in his heart. He was predeceased by his brothers Charles and Bobby. Richard will be dearly missed by his loving wife and his eight children who never missed celebrating a birthday, holiday, or a milestone with him. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Caryl and his children, Kate and David Summerlin, Mary-Caryl and Don Goff, Jean and Pete Menzies, Eileen Schiess, Amy (Leighton) Schiess, Christopher (Laura)Schiess, David Schiess and John and Michelle Schiess in addition to 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in June. Donations in Richard’s name can be made to Connecticut Hospice or the Killingworth Library.
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April 24, 2018
I will miss Richard, a wonderful kind man. I met him at the Killingworth
Library always with a smile and a ready wit for whatever was going on. He and I would share a few dance steps whenever I visited the library. The paperbacks were only 3 for a $1 or 50 cents each. If I only chose one he would encourage me to pick 2 more to not waste my husband's money. I told you he was funny and a wonderful dancer also .
My thoughts and prayers are with your family, dear Richard