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Richard Addesso


1931 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Richard Addesso Obituary
Addesso, Richard 06/14/1931 ~ 08/27/2014 SAN DIEGO -- Richard Addesso, 83, passed away on August 27, from complications following a stroke. He was born June 14, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to San Diego when he was three years old and lived in San Diego for most of the remainder of his life. He grew up in North Park and attended McKinley Elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High, and Hoover High schools. He obtained a BA in Art from UCLA before serving in the Army which included assignment in Germany. In 1967 Richard married Anne Jones, and they lived in LA. for a number of years before he retired from NCR and they returned to San Diego. In retirement, and after Anne's death in 1995, Richard continued to pursue his interests in the arts. Richard was a painter, playwright, composer and lyricist. He was also an accomplished pianist, and often produced a stream of songs, creating both words and music. While in the Army he found that pianos and paint brushes were not easily available and concentrated on making song lyrics and then turned to literature. He began writing down his "thoughts" that later became the beginning of a book of poetry. Panpathy (A Collection of Thoughts) was published in 1958. His San Diego credits include Live It Up at the Old Globe Theatre and productions by the Globe Workshop, the San Juan Player, San Dieguito Little Theater and Grossmont College. He also had productions in Wilmington, North Carolina and Lansing, MI. He was a member of the Dramatists Guild. Since 1961, Richard had been an active member of the Scripteasers, a San Diego based playwrights development group which sponsors readings of original plays followed by a facilitated discussion. In addition to being the coordinator of scripts, Richard was a significant contributor to the discussions that are such an important part of the Scripteasers' process. Richard is survived by his brother, Joseph Addesso; sister-in-law, Joan Addesso; and his nephew and nieces, Ken Addesso (Patty), Lorrie Ball (Roger) and Denise Addesso (Michael). Richard will always be remembered for his quick wit, his creative abilities, and his love for family and friends. Visitation and viewing will be at Greenwood Memorial Park on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 2:00pm-5:00pm. A Celebration of Richard's Life will be scheduled soon. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be sent to: The Old Globe at P.O. Box 122171, San Diego, Calif. 92112 or electronically at https://www.theoldglobe.org/donate/
Published in U-T San Diego from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7, 2014
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