Enrico Rick J. Addessi

December 18, 1929February 18, 2012

Enrico (Rick) Addessi of Danbury, CT, husband of Donna (Gigliotti) Addessi passed away peacefully on February 18, 2012 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family. Rick was born in Danbury, CT on December 18, 1929 to the late Alesandro and Gilda (Peppe) Addessi who had immigrated to America from Fondi, Italy in the early 1900s. Rick was a graduate of Danbury High School class of 1948. Growing up with traditional family values, he was a self taught, motivated man with great respect for working hard and enjoying life. Rick was a Partner and Treasurer of Addessi Jewelers, a successfully run family business of over 60 years. He managed one of the Danbury stores in the earlier years, yet spent most of his career at Addessi Jewelers in Ridgefield located on historic Main Street. Rick earned the status of “Vintage Registered Jeweler”, a title of merit from the American Gem Society and was the recipient of the “Diamond Certificate of the Gemological Institute of America,” a world-renowned diamond training program. He embraced every aspect of the business from sweeping or shoveling the sidewalk in front of his store to selling fine jewelery and precious stones. He especially loved to work with customers and earned their trust and respect with great pride.

Rick also had a keen interest in commercial and residential real estate. He and his wife, Donna enjoyed renovating properties and valued the importance of preserving historical buildings, including donating the David Scott House, circa 1713 to the Ridgefield Historical Society. They were also honored with the Downtown Ridgefield Beautification Award for renovating their properties in the historic Village of Ridgefield. His interest in real estate prompted him to obtain his CT Real Estate Brokers license as well.

His passion for business was diverse, as he was one of the Founders and Incorporators, and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Village Bank and Trust (which was acquired by Webster Bank.) He was also a Dale Carnegie graduate of public speaking. Rick enjoyed his memberships in the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge of Danbury, the Italian American Mutual Aid Society of Ridgefield, St. Joseph's Men's Club, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, the Ridgewood Country Club and Coral Ridge Yacht Club. Rick cherished his time in Florida with his family and friends, and in earlier years at Fairfield Beach in CT boating and teaching the neighborhood children to water-ski (“heels down, toes up”.) Rick's High School superlative was 'smoothest on the dance floor' which served him well, as he and Donna enjoyed many years of dancing the night away with many friends. He took great pleasure in the outdoors and especially enjoyed gardening with his wife. Rick was an avid sports fan, and in particular was a die hard Yankees fan. A devoted and generous father with a great sense of humor, Rick was deeply loved by his children, and will be remembered for his unconditional love and for sharing with them many lifelong lessons.

Besides his parents, Rick was predeceased by his brother John and infant sister Angelina. He is survived by his loving wife Donna of 59 years, his three children, Deborah Addessi Bush of Danbury, CT, Carleen Addessi Baer of Wellesley, MA and Wayne Alexander Addessi of Newtown, CT. He is also survived by Rick Bowen, son-in-law Kenneth Baer, and daughter-in-law Bernadette (Gillen) Addessi, his adoring grandchildren, Nicole Bush, Keith and Lauren Baer, Meghan, Kathryn and Thomas Addessi and his great grandchildren, Christopher Bush and Anthony and Eric Nova. Rick is also survived by his loving brother Lewis Addessi, sister-in-law Joan Addessi and sister-in-law Delia Addessi, several nieces and nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt love and gratitude to Marcia and Siccron Pesantez who cared for Rick during his illness with love and devotion. In addition, their gratitude extends to the professional staff of the Danbury Hospital 9E floor, Western CT Home Care and Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT for their care and kindness.

In honor of Mr. Addessi's wishes there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am on February 24, 2012 at St. Joseph Parish, 8 Robinson Avenue, Danbury, CT. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery. Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St.,Danbury is in charge of arrangements. Contributions in Rick's memory may be made to St. Joseph Parish, 8 Robinson Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810, or Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, 405 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810 or Western CT Home Care (VNA) 4 Liberty St., Danbury, CT 06810.


  • Funeral Service Friday, February 24, 2012

Enrico Rick J. Addessi

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ray asmar

March 11, 2012

Carleen & family, so sorry 2 have just heard about the crossing over of your dad. We all have wonderful memories growing up in the neighborhood and the kindness class & generosity of your Dad. U must carry on his torch of benevolence and fun as he did.Best 2 u & the family in the future. Only Good Things, Ray

March 5, 2012

My Precious Love,
It has been over 2 weeks, but tears still flood my broken heart. You flew away on the wings of the angels into God's loving arms. So until we meet again, I will love you forever.
Your Loving Wife,

Dear Friends,
My heart is full of love and gratitude for the beautiful tributes paid to my beloved Rick. He was a special man. Thank you for taking the time to tell us how much he meant to you.

Kate Addessi

February 28, 2012

"Grampy" I will always remember your love for your family, your sense of humor, your charisma for selling a nice piece of jewelry and your love for "grammy". You are missed everyday and will be until we meet again. By far, you have made the greatest impact in my life and for the past twenty years i have been so happy to call you my grandfather.

You will be missed forever but you will never be forgotten.
We love you and we will all take great care of "grammy". Don't worry about us.

Please Rest in Peace with John, Angelina, Beverly, and Your Parents.

Revelation 14:13
"They will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."

I love you "Grampy".

Rest in Peace.
Until we meet again someday.


Jim Ginch

February 26, 2012

To Donna and Family:

Rick was a man for all seasons. I'll miss his smiling face and gentle good humor. I'm a better person for having known him. May he rest in peace.

Robert Ivancso

February 26, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Regards to all,
The Ivancso Family

Richard & Pat Provino

February 25, 2012

Donnna, Wayne Debbie and Carleen.
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your husband and father. We have fond memories of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Lise Dean

February 24, 2012

Thinking of you, Donna, Wayne,Debbie and Carleen. I shall light a candle today at church in memory of your father, wishing I could be there with you to mourn and celebrete Ricky's life. May God's love be with you all today and always.

Susan. Rusty, Catherines and Sarah Warren

February 24, 2012

Dear Carleen and family,
We send our deepest condolences to you all on the passing of your dear father and grandfather. What a wonderful life he lived! How blessed you are to have been part of his family. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all and to your Mother, Carleen.
Susan, Rusty, Catherine and Sarah Warren

Kevin Gillen

February 23, 2012

"Mr. A " was a great guy! He was kind and generous and a gentleman in every respect. But, he also had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. We had some really fun times at those Italian-American Club "pasta nights". "Mr. A" helped put me through my first year of law school by hiring me to work with the subcontractors he engaged to renovate his commercial properties in Ridgefield. He just introduced me and said, "This guy is working with you and I'm paying him". That was that. The best part was that he would send Wayne to get me every day for breakfast and lunch and we would all eat, talk and laugh in the back of the jewelry store. Those were great memories. Thanks for everything, "Mr. A"! I know you're in a great place and look forward to seeing you again someday.
My condolences to "Mrs. A", Wayne,Debbie, Carlene and the rest of the Addessi family.

Brian Cronin

February 23, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to Donna and family at Rick's passing. I shall always remeber your's and Rick's untireing support for our local CFS agency. Brian and Lee Cronin