Richard T. Upton, 82, of Sarasota, Fla., was born May 27, 1931, a native of Hartford and a professor at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died peacefully Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
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He is the son of the late Ray Granville and Helen Marie (Colla) Upton and was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War.
Richard is survived by his son, Richard T. Upton II; brother, Robert Upton; sisters, Joanie Upton and Constance Green; nephews and nieces, Bobby Upton, Michael Upton, Cheryl Upton, Kimberly Upton, Maureen Moriarty, Colleen Moriarty, Jodi Green, Vicky Piasecki, and Kelly Green. He is survived and truly missed by loving friends and caregivers, Jean Fahey, Patti Moore, Don Smith, Natasha Bryant, Gracie Deneus, and Catherine Johnson.
In addition to being a devoted teacher, Richard developed his own "voice" as a painter while attending the Provincetown workshop. He found the light and air of Cape Cod to be spectacular, precipitating one of the most terrific times in his life. Provincetown was followed by a Fulbright Fellowship and an international environment in which to paint. Ultimately Cortona, Italy, became the source of his life's artistic work, where he found his place in the landscape. Richard's paintings are included in such prestigious private and public collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Family and friends may gather for a viewing at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester, CT. 06040
Graveside services with military honors will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. in section G, Westminster, of East Cemetery, 240 E. Center St. Manchester.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25, 2013