Gay F. Richard, 77, of Broad Brook, beloved husband of Barbara Bacon Richard, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
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He was born in Hartford on July 17, 1936, and was the son of the late Joseph Hervey Richard and Jesse Ruth Massey. He retired in 1991 as an engineer of construction from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation. He was a past vice president of the Connecticut State Employees Association. Gay had a very successful land-surveying business for many years. After retirement, he volunteered at the Enfield Loaves and Fishes and served as commissioner for the Warehouse Point Fire Department. He loved building and built several family homes with and for his children and also helped to build Mount Zion Church in East Windsor.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Besides his wife of 58 years, he leaves his children; Susan Niemitz and her husband, Mick Orenstein, Teresa Richard, Deborah Booher and her husband, John, André Richard, Christopher Richard and his wife, Christine, Margaret Warren and her husband, Steven, Timothy Richard and his wife, Kimberly, and Hope Richard. Surviving grandchildren include Toby Richard and his wife, Sasha, Sean Richard and his wife, Desiree, Anthony Donihee and his wife, Kristina, David Niemitz and his fiancée, Sarah Murphy, Sorell Negro and her husband, Marco, Casey Donihee, Joel Richard, Alison Orenstein, Katie Donihee and Bryan Hebert, Gunther Warren and Heather Dunst, Thomas Jay Warren, Ian Richard, Benjamin Petersen, Alexander Richard, and Jacob Richard. Additionally, he leaves 11 surviving great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Paul Richard and his wife, Marie; his sisters Jacqueline Roach and Renée Perreault; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and his best friend Charles Casella.
A funeral service will begin on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home, 37 Gardner St., East Windsor, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Philip Church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Visiting hours will be held today, Nov. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Enfield Loaves and Fishes or the Five Corner Cupboard in East Windsor.
For online condolences and directions, visit
Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home
37 Gardner Street
East Windsor, CT 06088
Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 8 to Nov. 12, 2013