Montville Funeral Home of Church & Allen

53 Norwich New London Tpke, Uncasville, CT


Richard Charles Civitello

June 27, 1941October 3, 2019

LEDYARD - Richard C. Civitello, 78, passed away peacefully at L & M Hospital in New London on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Bridgeport, CT on June 27, 1941 to Carmen and Gilda (Festa) Civitello.

Rich was an auto mechanic for many years and was meticulous about every repair. A point came in his life where he wanted to teach this trade to others coming up in the field of automotive technician. As a result, he worked as an Automotive Department Head/Instructor at Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School in Groton and previously at Windham Tech in Willimantic and Henry Abbott Tech in Danbury where he was an Automotive Instructor. When not at work he enjoyed hunting, fishing and skeet shooting. He was a member of the Quaker Hill Rod & Gun Club where he also served as past President and Vice President. He was the guy you called when repairs needed to be resolved at the club. He was also a mentor and friend to all his teammates and will truly be missed. He was also a member of the Ledyard Sportsman's Club.

Rich was a kind, strong, active man who loved being outdoors and is loved by everyone in his life. He is the best DAD and friend ever! An amazing Poppy and an admired Brother and Uncle.

He is survived by his sweetheart of 19 years, Patti Ann, daughters; Donna Toomey and husband James (#1 son), Debra Cristillo and husband Joe, Christen Anderson, his brother, James Civitello, his sister Carol Vece, four grandchildren; Shawn, Christina (husband Andrew), Rebecca, Ava and four great-grandchildren; Anthony, Nicholas, Natalie and Nathaniel; as well as a very special young lady Megan. He also was predeceased by his brother Robert.

At his request, services will be private at the convenience of the family.

The Montville Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family. To leave an online condolence or share a memory, please visit www.montvillefuneralhome.com


  • Services are Private at the Convenience of The Family


Richard Charles Civitello

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Paul Jezierski

October 17, 2019

I shot against Rich and many of the QH skeet winter league teams he was on over the years. He was a great competitor and tough to beat. But once the shooting was done, he was as kind and gracious a person as anyone I've ever known, win or lose. I never saw him lose his temper, and when I think of him, I always picture him smiling. He was truly a gentleman and a great ambassador of our sport. He will be missed by the skeet shooting community. Thank you for the memories. -Paul Jezierski

Paul & Nancy Carbone

October 14, 2019

Rich was one on the most thoughtful people we knew. He would always consider others before himself. We loved seeing him up in the tree stand when hunting at our home. He loved his view below and above. Our condolences to his daughters and their families. God bless you all.

christopher gush

October 13, 2019

I had the honor of being one of his many students at Grasso Tech.
Mr. Civitello without a doubt was one of the most influential people in my life. He was an excellent teacher, mentor and just all around great guy. I will for ever miss the years at Grasso, the lessons learned, laughs shared and of course the test drives in the Camaro, Nova and the 65 GTO.
Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Thank you Mr. C and rest easy my friend. You’ll forever be missed and always remembered!
Chris (c/o 94)

Brian Besade

October 7, 2019

I, too; was fortunate to be an automotive technical student of Mr. C's while at Grasso Tech from 1984-87. He was tough but in way that showed he was invested in you. Even though I was a difficult student I will always remember him as a great teacher who had an important influence on me and the rest of all his automotive students.

I was thinking of him and wondering where he has been all these years; sorry he was fighting cancer. I; too, lost my own father to cancer. I hope that no one suffers this God awful disease in their lives in the near future. Hoping for a cure...

Thanks for everything and RIP Mr. C. My prayers and condolences go out to your friends and family.

David and Eileen MacDonald

October 7, 2019

You'll be missed by the Club and by Eileen and Dave MacDonald (fellow shooters).Rest in peace...

Dave DelaCruz

October 7, 2019

My condolences to the family of Mr.C.I had the pleasure of having Mr.C at Southeastern Tech.Class of 1986.I would just like to say thank you Mr.C for teaching us with your wealth of knowledge of the automotive trade and also instilling the hard work ethic you always showed.Thank You.You will be missed dearly.

Dave DelaCruz

Steven Sweeney

October 6, 2019

I was fortunate to be an automotive technician student of Mr. C's while at Grasso Tech from 1984-87. He was tough but in way that showed he was invested in you. I will always remember him as a great teacher who had an important influence on me. Thanks for everything and RIP Mr. C. My condolences go out to your friends and family.

Gregory Goss

October 6, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, my condolences to you and the rest of the family. Rich was a great man and friend. He will be missed!
Gregory Goss

Peter Civitello

October 5, 2019

The impact you made on your students, I know, was eminence. The number of people who were touched by your tough but fair practice of teaching may never truly be known. I know for me, the impact you made on my life was intense. It helped me transition from student to GM technician for 25 plus years. Your influence of teaching us not just automotive, but also professionalism and how to conduct yourself with a moral code was immeasurable. You were one reason why I later chose to be a teacher. I hope to make an impact on others like you made on me.

Lisa Macarthur

October 5, 2019

Rich, I will miss you looking over my shoulder while I carved the Thanksgiving turkey. I will miss laughing with you when I called or visited. You were truly an amazing man, but most of all THANK YOU for taking care of my mom for the past 19 years..the love the two of you shared was true and genuine..
You will forever be known as GUMBA to me..love you and Rest In Peace..