Richard F. Nicolari

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NICOLARI Dr. Richard F. Nicolari, age 72 of Guilford, formerly of Ansonia, entered into eternal rest on February 22, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Allene Nicolari. Born July 2, 1938, he was the son of the late Richard and Llewella "Doty" Nicolari. Richard, "Doc," was a 1955 graduate of Ansonia High School and received a B.S. degree in elementary education from New Haven State Teacher's College in 1959, an MS degree from SCSU in 1964, and advanced graduate degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1970, and a Ph.D in education/admin-istration from UCONN. He was named Principal of Prendergast School in 1969, Assistant Superintendent of Schools in 1973 and was given the position of Ansonia Superintendent of Schools in 1974. Richard also taught at the University of Bridgeport, Graduate School of Education and served as an administrative aide in the Dean's office at the University of Connecticut, School of Education. Richard was also president of many businesses, which included RFN Realty Group, DNS Associates, and CT Mortgage Company. Richard, along with his partners, founded United Avionics of Naugatuck. For 30 years, he proudly served as president and CEO to a team he considered a second family. It was well known that Richard had a deep passion for politics, having worked on several mayoral, congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. He served as Executive Director and Campaign Manager for both Jerry Labriola and Ronald Sarasin's run for governor. Richard had a gift for public speaking and speech writing, having written many political speeches, including one for President Gerald F. Ford. Richard, a U.S. History scholar, maintained an avid interest in local and world politics and was always up for political discussions. Long active in civic and community affairs, from an Eagle Scout in the 1950s, to being presented the Gold Seal Award for "Outstanding Community Service" by the Lower Naugatuck Valley Chamber of Commerce in 1977. His community contributions include, The Boys and Girls Club, Rotary Club, Republican Town Committee, United Way, Valley YMCA, Griffin Hospital Health Education Task Force, Auxiliary Police, Cancer Crusade, Easter Seals and the Ansonia Jaycees. Richard was the epitome of a true gentleman and his life will be defined as one with respect, honor, integrity and deep love for family and friends. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting his great grandfather's homestead in Faicchio, Italy, along with his father and brothers, a true highlight in his life. Richard's legacy is his beloved family who were the loves of his live and his universe. In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by his loving daughters, Patricia Nicolari, Lisa Nicolari, A. Lynne Soobitsky, Carolyn Ferraro and her husband, Michael; adoring stepchildren, Kimberly Olin, her husband, Michael and Adam Cohen; and his cherished grandchildren, Leah and Taylor Soobitsky, Kelly Bellaria, Richard and Nicolle Ferraro and Sadie Olin. He is also survived by his siblings, Robert, Jeanne, Chip and Tom and numerous nieces and nephews. He is the former husband of Judith Larkin Nicolari. Special gratitude goes to Dr. Scott Gettinger and his Smilow team, who treated with dignity, professionalism and kindness throughout his journey. Relatives and friends may call Friday, February 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Bennett Funeral Home, 91 N. Cliff St., Ansonia, CT 06401 (203) 735-1578. A service will be held directly on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, 61 North Cliff St., Ansonia. Burial will be in Beaverdale Memorial Cemetery, New Haven. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Smilow Cancer Center or to the Boys and Girls Club of America in care of the Bennett Funeral Home.

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John T. Bennett Funeral Home
91 North Cliff Street Ansonia, CT 06401
(203) 735-1578
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Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 25, 2011
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