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Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

OBITUARY

Richard C. Parri

August 11, 1944January 5, 2020

Richard Charles Parri passed away peacefully at his home on January 5th, 2020 surrounded by his family. Richard loved his family and he extended that love to their friends, always lending his hand or ‘good’ ear to listen to what was going on in their lives. He followed people’s loves and was genuinely interested in their paths. He facilitated relationships and helped build bridges, always with a twinkle in his eye. He loved his days at “Summer Here, Summer Not" at the beach with his seven granddaughters. His days were filled with laughter and joy.

Richard was born to the late Almorico aka Morico Parri and Esther Louise Platino on August 11th, 1944 in Hamden, CT. Losing his father early in life helped shape his career path. He survived several ‘Tom Foolery’ expulsions to graduate from Villanova University with a finance degree in 1966. He loved a good joke for sure, but he loved the world of finance and doggedly pursued a career with Mass Mutual in New York City. He later moved to Connecticut and became the youngest Guardian Life general agent in the country at the age of 28. He loved integrating his Financial Planning & Insurance business with technology and ultimately chased his interest in technology into a second career in his early 50’s. He launched several software and application companies and could often be found talking shop, code, and programs with other ‘sharpies’ around town.

Richard leaves his loving wife, Ingrid, of 25 years, his five children Brian (Kerrie Clifford), Stephen, Rachel, stepdaughters Leah Palmer (Ken Richardson) and Christa Palmer (Dominic Bigue) and his seven true treasures who knew him as Papa Rich. His seven granddaughters Kaitlyn “Puttanesca” Parri, Rory “Cacciatore” Parri, Keely “Scungille” Parri, Finnley “Fettuccini” Parri, Delia “Ditalini” Richardson, Genevieve “Ravioli” Bigue and Marguerite “Mostaccioli” Bigue will miss his pirate adventures, scavenger hunts, beach fires, the 4th of July and his rogue alligator hunts on his ‘gator’. We will miss his genuine interest in the careers and hobbies of his children and friends and the spirited conversation surrounding their pursuits. He showed us the art of taking an interest and gave us the gentle push when we needed it.

In lieu of flowers, and in the spirit of his unending generosity, please perform a random act of kindness or pay it forward in his memory.

Please also feel free to have a spirited conversation in his honor or extend a hand to someone you feel might need it and by all means, tell a great Papa Rich story to someone who might not have known him the way we all did. Rest in Peace Papa Rich

Honoring his wishes, there will be a private family memorial.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank-you” to all of the wonderful staff at Yale-New Haven/Smilow Cancer Hospital and the VNA at Guilford Hospice. The attention and professionalism extended to our family during this difficult time will always be remembered.

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Mary Ellen Heike (Polio)

January 16, 2020

I grew up next door to Richard and his sister, Bonnie. I have fond memories of his hardy laugh and great smile. I am so sorry for your loss.

Robert Jones

January 16, 2020

Richard was an exceptional man of great intellect; during my contacts and friendship with him, his intelligence and life accomplishments were consistently apparent. Yet, his greatest source of pride was in his family, and particularly their soccer accomplishments!

Richard, along with his lovely wife, was a marvelous host. He was hospitable, kind, patient and and considerate.

Ingrid, his wife, was consistently by his side taking care of him, always with a smile.

I will miss my friendship with Richard dearly!

Robert Jones.

Russ Heslin

January 13, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Ingrid and the entire family. Richard was an approachable caring and genuine person. I was lucky enough to see him at his home when making my deliveries or downtown at Starbucks where he insisted on buying me a coffee. He always invited me and my wife to stop over and enjoy his home and the stunning views from his property. I will miss Richard, he was a bright spot in my day every time I saw him and I was lucky enough to have known him, a great man indeed. My best to Ingrid, his sons, daughters and many grandchildren, know that Richard was loved by everyone and he made a difference, I am truly sad of his passing. Russ Heslin, his FedEx delivery courier.

Rob and Laura BAtes

January 13, 2020

We have just learned of Rich's passing. He was just the most generous, kind person we have encountered.

Rich's ability to connect with people has encouraged everyone from kids on the soccer field to countless entrepreneurs.

His quiet support has been inspirational to everyone he has touched.

Rich had a unique ability to make us laugh at really terrible jokes, cry at stories that inspired us beyond measure and, most importantly, to feel heard. Rarely can you meet someone who really listens and supports. He was one of a kind,

We will do all we can do to make his legacy continue by giving a hand to someone when they need it, encourage students, and help other business people to the best of our abilities.

Our thoughts are with the family. He was so loved.

-Laura and Robert Bates

Bob Fife

January 13, 2020

Anyone that met Rich was knocked over by his infectious good humor, hearty laugh, enormous smile, and love for family. Ingrid, Rachel, Stephen and Brian...our heartfelt thoughts are with you all.
Bob and Mimi

Josh Hughes

January 10, 2020

I’ll never forget Rich and his unending love for family and enjoyment and his passion for life. I respected him so much as did all around him. I’m one of many who likely thought so and may he Rest In Peace in his legacy. Cheers to a life well lived and peace to his family.

Louise Rajewski

January 9, 2020

You were a great, well respected, spirited individual who lived life your way. Working with you was an insightful, loving, and enjoyable experience. I was very grateful to have been part of your life. Memories of 240 Bradley will live on. You will be missed. Love, Louise

B Jackson

January 9, 2020

Made me laugh all the time. Smart and generous with his time. Will be greatly missed. Your pal Bern

Mary Carroll McFadden

January 8, 2020

Parri’s
Sending thoughts and prayers
I have so many fond and funny memories of the times I spent with your dad.
I’ll never forget the winter snowstorm my father and I drove over and your father encouraging us to barrel through feet of snow in the driveway almost went over the edge
😍❤️🙏

Shari Lariviere - Thompson

January 8, 2020

Thank you to the most open hearted, caring, generous, and the world’s best (worst) joke teller! I know you want us to laugh! We will cry for what we will all miss, but we will laugh for what you gave us all! Love and Peace ~Shari

FROM THE FAMILY