Richard Rocco Cellucci

August 16, 1935April 4, 2018

Richard Rocco Cellucci, 83, of Griswold, formally of Norwich, passed away April 4th, 2018. He was born to the late Constance and Angelina Cellucci on August, 16th, 1934. Richard was a graduate from the Norwich Free Academy, class of 1952. After graduation, he proudly served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1956. As a professional, he proudly served the Norwich area as a master plumber for more than fifty years. Richard loved to dance and watching the UCONN Women’s Basketball Games. However much he loved these things, nothing surpassed the joy Richard found sitting in his back yard, listening to the birds and the harmony of nature. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen of 36 years, along with his children: Jean M. and Bruce Kendall, Larry and Vickie Crouse, Angela and David Tag Darnell, Richard and Anne Cellucci, Crystal and Bill McFarlane, Jeff and Mary Cellucci, and Tracy and Jeff Ryan. He is also survived by his numerous Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. Richard is further survived by his sister Dorothy McCulley, of Norwich, his brother Joseph Cellucci, of Summerville, South Carolina. Richard was predeceased by his sister Annette Gosky, previously of Norwich. A visitation will be held at the Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Avenue, in Norwich between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Sunday, April 8th. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Monday, April 9th at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 213 Broadway, Norwich, at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard's memory may be made to: The American Cancer Society. To view the extended obituary, please visit:


  • Visitation Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 9, 2018

Richard Rocco Cellucci

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Richard Cellucci

April 9, 2018

My Dad was one of a kind.
I remember a race I had with him when he was about 40 and I was 13. We were on a gravel driveway and he was barefoot. I thought I would win easily, but he smoked me by 10 yards. Whenever I played ball, I'd look over my shoulder and he would be there letting everyone know I was his son.
He was the strongest man I have ever known and the hardest working.
God Bless you DAD and I know you are still watching over all if us.

Bob & Ann Banker

April 8, 2018

We have known Rich & Kathy for many years and have always known Rich to be a good man and a good friend. Though it is time for Rich to leave this world he has certainly left it a better place. We will miss him dearly but his spirit will live on with us.

Melinda Sniezek

April 7, 2018

Dear Precious Friend Kathy & Family,

My heart breaks at your loss. It has been so many years since I have seen you. One thing I did know... Is how very much in love you & Richie were. How you enjoyed being together. Such Love Birds! My deepest sympathy to you & all the family.

Much Love & Continued Prayers,
Melinda Sniezek
West Palm Beach, FL

Jeff Cellucci

April 6, 2018

I have so many different memories of Dad that it's hard to do in this short space. I think I'll most remember that Dad lived life full on. He was the life of the party. Every time. I'm pretty sure whoever coined the phrase " dance like nobody's watching" owes Dad a lot of royalties because he would literally just dance with himself if the mood struck him. His work ethic was unmatched. I never saw Dad take a day off. He saw every baseball game I ever played and would award a homerun with $5 handed through the fence and 2 sodas from the concession stand. I can only hope to honor the Cellucci name and heritage as much as my Dad did. I love you Dad

Laura Rivera

April 6, 2018

When I was little, mom and I lived with Grampa C while dad was over in Greece. He was there for my first steps, my baptism and many others. I will never forget the day he brought home lobsters and put them on the floor scaring my brother Daniel and I! He will truly be missed! Love you Grampa, I pray that you will be watching over your great grandson Joseph as he graduates and guide him through his journey through the Airforce. Love you❤️

Laraine Cellucci

April 6, 2018

Best dance partner ever, even if I was seated watching from the side lines. I could have watched him dance for hours. Richie is leaving a great immediate and extended family. He will missed by many.
RIP Richie.
Cousin Laraine