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Della Vecchia Funeral Home

211 North Main Street, Southington, CT

OBITUARY

Stephen J. Rich

April 14, 1943April 20, 2020

Stephen J. Rich Sr. 77 of Griswold passed away of Monday, April 20, 2020 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Barbara (Brassley) Rich for 52 years in September. He was born on April 14, 1943 in New Britain the son of the late Louis and Carmella (DeAngelo) Rich. Attending schools in Southington and New Britain. He was employed as a crane operator at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton for 32 years. Upon his retirement he was awarded several certificates of recognition for his dedicated service and outstanding performance. Stephen was an avid car enthusiast, he was an ace mechanic and collected die cast models of cranes and construction equipment. In addition to his wife Barbara he leaves his loving children Debra Fitting and husband Thomas of Niantic, Stephen J. Rich Jr. and wife Cheryl of Las Vegas, NV and Robert Rich and wife Sandra Griswold, his cherished grandchildren Sarah Rich, Karen Rich, Ethan Fitting and Roman Rich. He also leaves his sister Lois White and husband Cliff of Kensington, his brother Neil Rich and wife Melissa of Wethersfield, his stepmother Antoinette Rich of Wethersfield, a brother-in-law James Sorensen and a sister-in-law Patricia Rich and brother-in-law Raymond and wife Linda Brassley and several nieces and nephews as well as many cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Irene Sorensen and brothers Louis Rich Jr. and Robert Rich. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday August 1, 2020 at 10 am at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St. Southington. DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. Southington is assisting with arrangements. For online condolences and directions please visit www.dellavecchiafh.com

Services

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

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Barbara Rich

May 6, 2020

THANK you Sharon!!! :heart:

Barbara Rich

May 6, 2020

THANK you! Steve and I LOVED our times together! You could always make Steve SMILE, we shared SO MUCH laughter! :heart:

Barbara Rich

May 6, 2020

THANK you!

Barbara Rich

May 6, 2020

YES, Steve LOVED to share stories of his antics!!!! Steve will be remembered through all these stories! :heart::heart::heart:

Raymond DeAngelo

May 4, 2020

All my condolences to the family. Steve and his antics will fondly remembered. You can never forget someone who gave you so much to remember. Especially the day when I was about 7 yrs. old, I was riding in the back seat behind Louie, Steve driving Irene's '55 Chevy. The car was about 2 yrs old at this time. Driving around the New Britain reservoir way too fast, over a dip in the road, into the rock wall and then onto the roof and back on the wheels. Fixed a flat tire, and drove it home ! Can't make this stuff up ! Not a scratch on the three of us. Poor Louie, he shared too many episodes. Many stories to share. Love, Cousin Raymond

Marge Rinkavage

April 28, 2020

Lit a candle in memory of Stephen J. Rich

Sharon Truglio

April 23, 2020

Dear Barbara, you have truly been a very caring and devoted wife to your husband. I am so sorry of your loss. My sister always kept me up to date on Steve and you. :hearts: My deepest condolences to you and your family. you are in my prayers.

Barbara Rich

April 23, 2020

YES, SO MANY GOOD memories! :heart::heart::heart:

Barbara Rich

April 23, 2020

Thank you, SO MUCH!!! SO many GREAT memories AND SO much laughter!!! :heart:

Barbara Rich

April 23, 2020

YES, SO MANY antics to remember!!! You just KNEW if he was grinning, the devil in him was at work!!!! He will be GREATLY MISSED! :sleepy::heart::heart::heart:

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