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Richard B. "Dick " Briggs

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BRIGGS, Richard B. "Dick "

Richard B. "Dick" Briggs, 78, of East Hartford, beloved husband of Josephine (Bertone) Briggs, for 50 years, passed from this life on Tuesday, (December 2, 2003) at his home. Dick was born in Chelsea, MA, the son of Paul and Vera Briggs and was raised in Chelsea and Winchester, MA. He had lived in the East Hartford community for over 50 years. Prior to his retirement in 1987, he had been employed by the Pratt and Whitney division of U.T.C. in East Hartford for 37 years. Dick was a proud Navy veteran of World War II, where he served with the 51st Torpedo Squadron and was a tail gunner on many surveillance missions in both the Atlantic and Pacific. Dick was a graduate of Tufts College in Boston, MA and had been a longtime communicant of St. Christopher Church in East Hartford. Dick loved UConn Basketball, and had been a little league coach and Cub Scout Leader in East Hartford. He also volunteered for the Historian Roundtable in the East Hartford School System. Dick was a loving father and grandfather. Along with his wife, Dick is survived by two sons, Richard B. Briggs, Jr. and his wife Amanda of Hopkinton, MA, and Mark V. Briggs and his wife Leslie of Glastonbury. He also leaves his two sisters and their husbands, Janet and Bob Colbath of Florida and Muriel and Elliot Walters of Winchester, MA. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Austin and Abigail Briggs. Relatives and friends may gather on Friday, December 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Christopher Church, 538 Brewer St., East Hartford, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. The committal services with full Military Honors will be held in Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford, at a later date. Dick's family will receive friends at the Callahan Funeral Home, 1602 Main St., East Hartford, TODAY, December 4, from 3-5 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of memorial donations to a charity of the donor's choice. Please visit online at www.mem.com for a Dignity Memorial Announcement.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 4, 2003
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