Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT


Mr. Richard E. Pettitt

August 19, 1949May 17, 2020

Richard Eugene Pettitt, 70, passed away suddenly on May 17, 2020. It was sunny. He was in his favorite spot on his favorite beach with one of his best friends. The day before he sat in the same spot belly laughing with his “sun sisters”- they called him their “best girlfriend” and their “forever plus one”. They were his happy place. He was born on August 19, 1949 to his late parents Elenora (Ellie) Pettitt McMunn and William Pettitt in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He studied Industrial Management and graduated from Youngstown University in Ohio. He was also a proud member of Theta Chi National Social Fraternity. Richard was the most positive, loving, caring soul. He always truly saw only the best in others. He treasured his children and embraced every moment with them. He especially loved his role as grandpa. He made friends everywhere he went and always told us that his colleagues at Kohl’s in Branford, CT and William Raveis Real Estate in Madison, CT were so special to him. Richard had this aroma about him. He was able to connect with everyone in the room to some degree. And by the end, everyone felt like they left with a new friend. His passions revolved around the beach and sunshine. Kayaking, collecting sea glass/shells/arrowheads, sunbathing, swimming…absolutely the tannest person in our family by far. He loved what some detest like weeding and yard work. Weekly visits to the Madison Coffee shop for doughnuts, friends, and laughter were a must. You’ve likely seen him in his full Adidas attire head to toe, his bathing suit, or his business suit. Richard is survived by his children: Devon Pettitt (wife Sarah), Breeann O’Connor (husband Tom), Mackensie Brunetto (husband Eric), and Shayln Johanson (husband Max). His grandchildren: Reese and Graeme Pettitt, Isabelle and Thomas O’Connor, Ellie Rose and Oliver Brunetto, and Everly Johanson. Along with his twin brother Daniel Pettitt (wife Jo Anne) of Charlottesville, VA and sister Nancy Aubel of New Castle, PA. In addition, many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. Some of his favorite quotes: "To thine own self be true" "Don't sweat the small stuff...and it's ALL small stuff" "Wear life as a loose garment" Memorial services will be held at a later date with assistance from Swan Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to: Save the Sound.


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Mr. Richard E. Pettitt

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Carole Anne Pepe

May 28, 2020

Richard was a true gentleman with a great sense of humor and the kindest heart. He always had a smile and a happy greeting for all who knew him. Our real estate community will miss Richard so very much.

My sincere condolences to his great big beautiful family!

Gail Szymanski

May 26, 2020

My best memories growing up were days spent with my cousins on the beaches of Lake Erie at Presque Isle. We left in our pj's before sunrise and arrived at dawn. Our mothers made breakfast on a Coleman stove...eggs, bacon, Danish pastries, cantaloupe, orange juice and coffee The aromas were grand. We hit the waves and came out for a lunch of sandwiches, chips, cookies and fruit. Back to the waves until dinner...burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, and whatever was left from the day. Our mothers worked hard to make the day special. Then back in the waves until the pj's came back on for the ride home. We were warm, tanned, and practically comatose with the best kind of exhaustion. We inherited the water-bug gene from our fathers, Bill and Ralph. I cannot imagine a more appropriate send off than what Dick's (as we knew him) children have arranged. Rest in peace, cousin. I miss knowing you are with us.

Anita Belcher

May 22, 2020

Richard was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, he was kind, considerate and always willing to listen, it’s an old term, but to my husband and I we always thought him to be a“dapper” gentleman. He will be missed by many and beloved by all!

Donna Farrell

May 22, 2020

I’ve been his Real Estate sister for many years. We did the bed race together in Madison, and many other fun times. He was the light of the office....the most professional man I know.
I am heartbroken. RIP Richard. Love you so much.😢😢❤️🙏

Marty Cunningham

May 22, 2020

One of the really GREAT guys to walk this earth.
Dick always had a smile and was always more interested in how you were doing, as opposed to talking about himself.
Anne and I had not seen Dick in many years but remember his kind and cheerful demeanor so very well.
We will miss you.
Marty and Anne Cunningham

Jane Cardarelli

May 22, 2020

Richard was so kind, so classy and always took the time to ask you how you were doing. Our office will miss his warm demeanor and positive attitude. To his family that he was so proud of, please accept my deepest condolences. May your loving memories comfort you at this difficult time.
Jane Cardarelli
William Raveis Madison

Elizabeth Vincent

May 22, 2020

RICHARD! That's what I always exclaimed everytime I saw him. Kohl's in Branford will never be the same without him. He was a consummate gentleman, but still laughed at everything. Always willing to help. Heart of gold. Adored by anyone who had the chance to get to know him. And so incredibly proud of his children, and so in love with his grandchildren. To say he will be missed by many is a gross understatement. We will love you always, and keep your memory alive.

Lorna Garney

May 22, 2020

I only had the pleasure of working one season with Richard at Kohls in Branford, but he made me feel welcomed and always made sure he provided guidance to the newbies. It was an honor to have met him.

Jim Haas

May 21, 2020

Nancy. Dan,

I will miss your brother. We had great times growing up together from George Washington Junior High School, to New Castle High School, and through the college years. We made memories to last a life time. We played tennis together, basketball together, and softball together. We did sleep outs together and made many Road trips together and had much fun and laughs together. I guess the last time we saw each other was at our 50th high school reunion. My sincere condolences to you both along with Dick's children who I got to meet a few times. - Jim Haas

Nancy Hannas

May 21, 2020

Enjoyed comparing 'twin' notes and pics (I am a twin too). The world is less than without Richard. What a good guy!


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