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Donald A. Rich
October 16, 1935 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Donald A. Rich, age 88, of Stratford, beloved husband of, Patricia Kehoe Rich, passed away suddenly on November 28, 2023, joining his beloved parents, son Daniel Rich, sister-in-law Shirley Kehoe and sister-in-law Dorothy Kehoe. He attended Harding High School and subsequently University of Bridgeport for engineering, after which he joined the Navy to proudly serve our country on tours aboard the aircraft carriers USS Yorktown and USS Saratoga. Once leaving the Navy he worked at United Illuminating where he met his wife in 1958, with whom he shared 61 loving and dedicated years in marriage side by side. Donald later became a real estate broker and investor and owned a carpet cleaning company until 1995. He then worked at D.A. Rich Company as a real estate broker and manager until 2017 where he was able to enjoy working daily with his son and sister-in-law. He was a passionate boater and fisherman as well as woodworker with a specialty for intricate lathe work. He had no shortage of joyous times on and with the boat “Ityldu” he owned with his sons and always had something to make in his woodworking shop to share with his family and friends. He lived life always putting what was most important to him first, steadfast in every endeavor. He enjoyed his time with his wife and family and made sure those around him knew how important they were. The time he spent with his family was never missed, whether it be a cribbage game with his wife, fishing with his sons, a Sunday dinner, a breakfast where he could make his famous blueberry pancakes, or a small visit just to say hello. Donald is survived by his wife, Patricia Kehoe Rich, son, Thomas Rich and wife, Karen Rich, grandchildren, Brittany Rich, Ashley Rich, Caitlin Rich, Miranda Rich, Edward Rich and mother of Miranda and Edward, Dawn Brown. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 10:00 AM at St. James Church, 2070 Main Street, Stratford, where A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Peter Adamski. Entombment will follow in St. Michael’s Mausoleum. Arrangement were entrusted to the Galello-Luchansky Funeral Home, 2220 Main Street, Stratford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Institute at Cancer Research Institute, Web Donation, 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New York, NY 10006-3111 or online at https://www.cancerresearch.org/ in honor of Donald’s son Daniel Rich who lost his battle to cancer in 2010.