BROWN, Richard L.
Richard L. Brown, 67, a resident of Enfield for over 46 years, formerly of East Hartford was known with love as Husband, Dad, Richie, and "RB", but his most beloved name was "Pita" which was what his precious granddaughters called him. He died early Saturday morning, (March 16, 2013) at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Richie was a true renaissance man, everything he pursued in life he excelled at, from structural steel estimator, to restaurateur, semi-pro bass fisherman, to a 3 handicap golfer. He was a generous person, who would stop on the road to help a person in distress; give the last dollar in his pocket to a homeless person or jump into a burning home to help his neighbors to safety. It was for that act of valor that Richie received the Carnegie Hero Award. His true talent was making others laugh and brighten their day. Richie was a communicant of Holy Family Church and a member of the Bass Master Club of Hartford. He will be sadly missed by many. Richie is survived by his best friend and teenage bride of 47 years, Francine (Donnellan) Brown and leaves his loving daughter, Amy Dietz and her husband Brent of Enfield; his most adored granddaughters, Rayanne Francine Dietz and Mya Hayes Dietz; his brothers, Ronald Brown and his wife Linda of Ellington, and David Brown and his wife Amber of Manchester; his sister, Lynn Barile and her husband Rocco of South Windsor; his nieces and nephews, Jennifer Brown, Jessica Brown, Jared Brown, Jordan Barile, Jami Barile, Danielle Brown, Nicholas Brown , Corey Brown, Brian Octigan, Erin-Ann Kalkus, and Cindy Poglitsch. He was predeceased by his parents, Lyle W. Brown and Rose M. (DiCioccio) Brown and his infant son, Richard Lyle Brown Jr.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. from Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 23 Simon Rd., with Rites of Committal to conclude at Hazardville Cemetery, all of Enfield. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 4-7 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be directed to
, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or to CJ Foundation for SIDS, HUMC - WFAN Pediatric Center, 30 Prospect Ave., Hackensack, NJ, 07601. For online condolences, please visit us at www.leetestevens.com