January 20, 1930 – April 13, 2019
Richard Polizzi passed away peacefully after a brief illness at his home on April 13th, 2019 with his wife by his side. He was born on January 20th, 1930 in New Orleans and grew up in the French Quarter. True pioneers in the early days of Jefferson Parish, Richard is best remembered as co-founder of Patio Drugstore on the newly built Veterans Highway in Metairie.
The full-service drugstore which he started with his Wife, Madeline, Brother-in-law, and Sister-in-law in 1958, combined a state of the art pharmacy and an old fashioned soda fountain and it became a landmark and gathering spot for the growing community and is still operating today.
He was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School and received his Pharmacy degree with honors from Ole Miss in 1955 and later received a Doctorate of Pharmacy. Richard was very active in the Ole Miss Alumni Association and also served as president for numerous years. He and his wife were past board members of the Pharmacy Museum in the French Quarter. He was also an Inspector with the Board of Pharmacy for the state of Louisiana. He enjoyed his hobbies of photography and travel with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Madeline (nee Marsiglia) and his children Richard (Carla) and Joseph (Michele) and his grandchildren, John, Hannah, Brent, Bryce, and Melissa.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Sara and Joseph Polizzi, his sister, Grace Polizzi Buras and his grandson, Richard Emery Polizzi.
The family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to his doctors, William Rolston and Robert Songy.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, LA on Saturday, April 20th from 10am - noon followed by a brief Catholic Service officiated by Father Mike Kettenring. Interment will be immediately following the Service at St. Louis No. 3 Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, his favorite charity.
The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
- Visitation Saturday, April 20, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, April 20, 2019
April 23, 2019
Mrs Madeline joey & Rickey I'm some sorry to hear about Mr Richards passing he was definetly one of a kind I still remember as a child that smile he always had on his face such a kind man one thing for sure him and pat Taylor can watch the
Ole miss games and teas each other again who had the best college team Mrs Madeline if you ever need anything just call luv y'all
April 21, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sheri Childs Brinkmann
April 20, 2019
To Aunt Madeline, Joey and Ricky, I am so sorry to hear of Bay’s passing. He always will have such a special place in my heart for all his kindness and generosity in opening his home to me and other friends during our high school years. I felt so honored to be included in these family gatherings, and we were always welcomed to their home with a smile. I will never forget his voice and big smile! I know your hearts are broken. You and your families are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sheri and Brian
Renee (Floozie) Coleman
April 17, 2019
I have so many fond memories of Richard, it's hard to pick just one. But I have to say probably my fondest memory is of the very first time I met Richard and Madeline, when they were out visiting Ricky and Carla in LA and they brought with them crawfish! They invited a bunch of friends of Ricky and Carla over for one of those famous Lousiana-style crawfish boils! Well now, I'm from Saskatchewan. We don't have crawfish there, first of all, and then, come on! Seriously? a crawfish boil in LA! It was the best! They absolutely broke the mould when they made Richard and Madeline! I never met such charming characters before. So funny and sweet. So generous and such fun to hang out with. And those drawls! Richard would mostly call me "Bay"--which I understood was short for Babe--but when he called me by my nickname, a nickname Ricky gave me back in the day, Richard would turn "Floozie" a 2-syllable name into a 5-syllable one! What a charmer. I always looked forward to seeing them when they came out. Oh my goodness, Madeline, my heart goes out to you and your family. And you, Rick, of course (and Carla and the girls) and your brother and his family. . . I am so grateful to Richard and Madeline for hosting my girls when they came out for Mardi Gras . . . and I'm heartbroken for the loss of Richard.