Richard F. Anger

June 3, 1949July 8, 2018
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Richard F. Anger lived an extraordinary life.

Born on June 3, 1949, he was the son of Albert and Rose Anger, and brother to Madeline Wilson, of the Bronx, NY.

At an early age, he discovered a passion for building car engines from his father, a skilled mechanic and WWII veteran. They’d spend time together on the water—boating, fishing, and clamming.

Growing up, he spent a lot of time working at the boat yards on City Island. When he wasn’t on the water, he was singing and playing guitar in his band, the Thanes. He was also boxing like a badass, hanging with his friends, and drinking in the bars.

He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 19 and was deployed to Vietnam. During his service, he was promoted to Sergeant and was awarded the Air force Commendation medal for his meritorious service as a Crew Chief, 352nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, from June 5, 1970 to June 5, 1971.

Immediately after returning from Vietnam, he met the love of his life, Diane Merchant, his wife of 44 years. Their adventures took them traveling in a VW bus across the country. They married on March 30, 1974, in Queens, NY. Some of the best years of their lives were spent ski bumming in Snowbird, and owning and running a ski lodge called Interlaken Lodge, in Lake Placid, NY. They lived everywhere: Salt Lake City, Utah; Lake Placid, NY; Shelton, CT; and finally in Stamford, CT, in their beautiful home that he built from the ground up.

Rich and Diane had their first born, daughter Holly Diane Anger on November 30, 1979. Their son Christopher Richard Anger was born January 21, 1984.

Rich had a very long career, more than thirty years, in corporate aviation at Westchester County Airport. A large part of Rich’s recent years were spent as the Captain of his Sealine Yacht, “Serafin” with his First Mate, Jeff.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, veteran, boat captain, ski bum, craftsman, mechanic, flight technician, guitarist, singer, tambourine player, certified scuba diver, builder, architect, party animal, ice skater, rollerblader.. and so much more.

His family called him several things, but among their favorites were “Mister-fix-it,” “Big Daddy,” and “Superman.” He was one of the strongest, most confident, most productive, and most resilient people you could ever meet.

Richard passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018. He will be remembered forever by his wife, Diane Anger; his daughter, Holly Anger; his son, Christopher Anger; his daughter-in-law, Paula Anger; his son-in-law, Jeff Schram; and his grand-pup, Lucky, as well as many friends and a large family.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Burial Friday, July 13, 2018

Richard F. Anger

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Suzy Blanchard

July 22, 2018

Dear Diane and family,
Many years ago while working at GTE in New York City, I made friends that brought me in touch with Richie. One weekend in the Hamptons where we all shared a house for the summer I met him. That was just the beginning. Eventually that summer, I introduced Diane to him and it was love at first sight! I’m pretty sure it was judging by the number of happy years they shared together, enjoying their two children grow up and growing stronger as a family all the time.
Both of you, Diane and Richie, were often a comfort to me during my trials with my boyfriends. We could say that life was interesting for all us. Especially since Diane and I have been friends since kindergarten – 5 years old. So much we have shared during our 63 year old friendship. Yet, our friendship has prevailed through thick and thin and especially having Richie as part of our friendship was a treasure. He was such a gentle soul and always fun to be with. We all felt like family – giving each other nicknames – Auntie Di, Uncle Rich and Auntie Suzy. Further, some our best times together were in Lake Placid at Interlaken Lodge which they managed with Diane’s father Bob. Rich and I spent many a weekend cooking Belgian Beer Stew for their guests – and I suppose we drank more of the beer than went into the stew! Many laughs were had over the years and we will fondly remember Richie and all the wonderful times we’ve shared together-singing to Jackson Brown, skiing and the weekends at the beach.
Now as we all grieve for our dear Richie, we know he is at peace. Diane, God will comfort you in many ways that we all cannot yet understand. He will be missed greatly by Paul and I and pray that one day you will find comfort in remembering your life together. God Bless all of you during this difficult time. We will always be here for you, Holly, Jeff, Chris and Paula and baby to be.
Auntie Suzy and Uncle Paul

Ellen LaPenna

July 19, 2018

Dear Diane and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories that all of you have help you through this difficult time. My love and condolences to you.
Your Kew Gardens friend,
Ellen xoxoxox

Julia Elizabeth Wissell

July 17, 2018

The first time I met Rich was at the 1978 Richmond Hill reunion. Diane was pregnant with her first child. I did not know him really but knew Diane. Thank goodness for facebook as we reconnected as so many of my old friends and of course family. When I was told about Rich's illness I was so saddened. All I can say is that he was a true Hero, Suffered more than anyone that I know, had a wonderful wife and children. They supported him and each other all these 14 years. Now Rich you are painless and in the hands of God. I wish for your family and friends you were here yet I am also glad that you are finally at peace and pain free.

You brought the word STRONG to a new level! Your endurance of so much pain to me was more than any person should have gone through. In saying that you had so much love by your side, in your home from your wife Diane, your kids Holly and Chris..Just amazing! May God Bless You, May you Rest In Peace! Semper Fidelis and OOH RAH to you Rich! love julia

Lil and Bob Sanchez

July 16, 2018

Dear Di, Holly and Jeff, Chris and Paula,

Our hearts are broken for you with the passing of Rich.

He was a remarkable man of many talents who loved his family and home life above all.

He will be sorely missed and never forgotten!

Please know that we are here for you,

With love
Lil and Bob

Michael & Bonnie Mineo

July 15, 2018

Dear Diane and Family

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your entire family.
Rich was a very special person. Whenever we had the opportunity to see him he always had a wonderful smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. With all he had to endure I never heard a complaint.
He will surely be missed by everyone and never forgotten. Our prayers go out to you and your family.
Bonnie & Mike

Nance Freeman

July 13, 2018

Oh Diane, Holly, Chris & family
John and I are traveling . Opened my email and sadly discovered Rich’s passing. Our hearts are with you all at this very sad time. We know Rich was the pulse of your family— that exciting, fun, tireless trip-hammer that set the
cadence of life at its best and most memorable!
The gift of “love”, a most treasured life’s companion, best friend, and ultimate dad, Rich
rocked it all!
Please go forward knowing your love and life were in lock step.
We are with you in thought and prayer and hope to gather, Diane, on our return to CT.
Meanwhile, as time helps with healing , may
you find yourself in the warm embrace of
family and friends .
With much love always,
Nance & John Freemsn and sons

Kathie Pipitone

July 13, 2018

Dear Diane and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories that all of you have help you through this difficult time. My love and condolences to you.💞🙏🏻

Marilyn Merchant

July 13, 2018

Dearest Diane, Holly. Chris, Paula and Jeff,
Cherish your memories you have all shared with Rich with a smile.
He was devoted to all of you as your best friend, husband and father.
He set goals throughout his life filled with challenge and adventure.
He always had a plan, rolled up his sleeves and went all in.
Your love for Rich and his love for you is a bond that will never be broken.
Rich is with you in spirit. He will always be with you.

Irene Bacchi

July 12, 2018

I'm glad that Tom and I got to meet Rich at our 50th Kindergarten reunion. I know he and Tom had a really interesting afternoon together, since they really didn't know too many of the attendees. Having been in touch with you since then, Diane, I know the many struggles that he went through these past years and how he always was so strong and valiant in his, too! My heart aches for you and your family at this sorrowful time, however, the richness and fullness of the fabulous memories you have of your wonderful life as a couple and family will sustain you as time passes. How lucky you were to have shared so much as you explored life together. Love and prayers to all of you ...

Nino Desposati

July 12, 2018

Dear Di

My deepest condolences to you and your family I worked with Richie at Champion for 16 years started my aviation career as a 20-year-old working with Rich , he always made me laugh we have some outstanding times together and I will always remember Richie as a wonderful smart, kind and funny person Godspeed Richie.