Richard C. Fleisch
February 18, 1957 – February 21, 2018
Richard C. Fleisch, known to family and close friends as Chris, died peacefully in Vitas hospice at St. Mary’s Hospital on February 21, 2018 in Waterbury, CT three days after his 61st birthday.
Chris was born on February 18, 1957 in Bridgeport, CT to Betty and Richard Fleisch. He is survived by his mother, Betty Lou Fleisch of Newtown; his girlfriend, Connie Rich of Trumbull; daughter, April Fleisch of Trumbull; sons, Richard and Coltin Fleisch; siblings, Doug Fleisch (Marlene) of Monroe; Eric Fleisch (Susan) of Norwalk; Gary Fleisch (Michele) of Monroe; Eva Fleisch Freleigh (Jesse) of Michigan; and Paul Fleisch (Sharon) of Michigan. He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Fleisch and brother, David Fleisch of Ohio.
Chris was self-employed most of his adult life in a successful small business, Straight A Striping, working throughout CT and NY. He was an avid Boy Scout leader and encouraged his sons to achieve a multitude of badges. They enjoyed many years attending meetings, outings, and camping trips together. He was also an involved member of the Friday Night Gang participating in outings with his daughter.
Despite the many hardships and setbacks Chris endured throughout his life, he maintained his friendly childhood demeanor and unending optimism to the very end. Even through his suffering, his good-natured personality couldn’t be squelched.
The family would like to thank the staff at Vitas for their efforts to make Chris’s final days as pain free as possible. Donations to the hospice of your choice in honor of Chris’s memory would be much appreciated. A private memorial will be held for immediate family.