OBITUARY

Richard William Bannon

June 30, 1956February 4, 2021

Richard William Bannon, 64, passed away unexpectedly at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, NJ, on February 4, 2021, after suffering a heart attack. He was the third of four children born in Livingston, NJ, to William and Helen Bannon.

Richard is survived by his devoted wife and best friend of forty-three years, Patrice, as well as his loving children, Max Bannon, Katie Feld, and Samantha Stoddard. He is remembered fondly by his sons-in-law Alex Feld and Alexander Stoddard. He was also the proud and loving grandfather, also known fondly as “Popper”, to Lily Feld, and was looking forward to welcoming Lily’s little brother this spring.

Richard graduated from Livingston High School in 1974. He enthusiastically played the drums for his band, The Jitterz, alongside his other friends and bandmates. After graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ, Richard later opened a chain of video stores called Video Mania in both Boonton and Lake Hiawatha. He later went into Information Technology where he worked for the rest of his career.

Rich remained active in all aspects of his children’s lives. He loved all of his children’s friends and welcomed them into his home taking them under his wing and treating them like family. Rich’s family was his rock, one that he nurtured and cherished. He was lucky enough to see the type of people his children would become and he could not be more proud - as he was definitely prone to tell anyone. Their strengths and successes are a testament to his role as a father and a man who encouraged them to be themselves. No wonder one of his favorite sayings was to “Live outside the lines” - an adage he too lived by. His presence illuminated any room and it was fitting that his parting words were always “Peace!” as he threw up a peace sign. Rich had a larger than life personality, bringing joy and laughter to everyone around him.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed spending time with his dogs, Barney, Charlie, Finn, and Harry, while sitting on the deck listening to music (mostly The Beatles). He enjoyed every moment and you couldn’t help enjoying yourself too in his presence.

Richard is survived by his two brothers, Ron and Robert Bannon, as well as the many other members of his extended family. He is remembered fondly by his mother-in-law, Carol LeFrancis along with many brothers and sisters in-law. Rich was the proud uncle to many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Helen Bannon, brother Bill Bannon, father-in-law William LeFrancis, and sisters-in-law Michelle LeFrancis Fox and Jeannine LeFrancis.

There will be no visitation or funeral services at this time due to the ongoing pandemic as Rich would never want to put anyone at risk. A celebration of life will be scheduled in the future so that family and friends can pay their respects and share fond memories of Rich.

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Mohammed Aleem (MAK) Khan

February 24, 2021

I AM SORRY TO HERE THIS ABOUT MY BROTHER MR. RICHARD WILLIAM BANNON .PLEASE GOD(ALLAH) REST HIM IN GREAT HEAVEN . i WORKED WITH IN 80'S AT VIDEO MANIA HE WAS A GREAT PERSON TO TALK TOO AND IWILL MISS HIM VERY VERY MUCH HE WAS VERY BUSY IN LIFE AND FAMILY .PLEASE FEEL TO EMAIL nakaudi@yahoo.com lots of love to his family's

Charlie Mancini

February 15, 2021

Condolences to Richie's family. He was a good man full of love, laughter, and joy. Keep him always in your heart, and know that he rests in peace.

Charlie Mancini

Kathleen Zabinski

February 14, 2021

So so sorry about Rich Our hearts go out to you all at this very sad time We will always remember his jolly personality!!! We had some great conversations on the deck many times that I will never forget
He will always be in our hearts. Thinking of you Patty and all your family and if Ican do anything please call me

Sheila Wikiel

February 9, 2021

Dear Patty and Family,

I was so very sorry to hear of Richie's passing. I had the pleasure of first meeting and getting to know Richie ( as drummer extraordinaire) when I was performing with the Jitterz during the 90's. Throughout the years, Richie always had a warm smile, a funny story, a kind thought and word, a twinkle in his eye and contagious laughter for everyone. He was truly a good and compassionate soul!

May your hearts always know how much he was loved and admired by all who met him! Sending heartfelt thoughts and peace!

Jane Bannon

February 9, 2021

To Patty and family and cousins Ron and Bob,
So sad to hear the news about Richie. My deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.

Michael Bonner

February 8, 2021

I remember going to Video Mania every Friday and Saturday night! Our daughter Jen also worked there and loved it our son who was about 5 at the time couldn't wait to get there! Once when we were on the way there Rich was walking to the store and our son got excited and said " Look there's Patty's son"!He didn't understand the relationship. Our prayers and condolences go out to your family. So sorry.

Francesca LeGrand

February 8, 2021

Patrice, I remember you from homeroom at LHS.

My sincerest condolences to you and yours at this difficult time.

Francesca LeGrand

Cathy Dunn

February 8, 2021

Dear Patty and Family,

My family and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of Rich. We all have happy memories of Friday nights going to get a pizza at Roma and a video at Videomamia. Rich was always so fun to be around and was so kind to all us. John and the kids looked forward to seeing both of you every week.

Rest In Peace, Rich. 💕

Love,
Cathy, Ryan, Kerry & Meghan Dunn

Howard Wiener

February 8, 2021

RIP RB Bannon
So many memories flooded through my mind of my times with Rich
From the early days at the Courts playing B-Ball with his Big Brother Bob who use to brutalize us kids but made us Livingston Tough . Driving me and Cheryl up to Route 80 to kick off our cross country hitchhiking summer of 74' So many more .
My deepest condolences to Patty and whole family from the Wiener's
Live you Richie !!!

William Westhoven

February 8, 2021

So sad to hear. Good times at Video Mania and with the Jitterz, including one memorable late night at the Bottom Line! I still have the Jitterz CD and have played it on my Boonton internet radio show, and will again.

FROM THE FAMILY