Richard Stebbins, 83 passed away, Thursday, May 16, 2013. He was born in Middletown on July 31, 1929, the son of the late Raymond T. and Wanda (Cyronwicz) Stebbins. Rich was raised by his stepmother Helen T. (Mikulski) Stebbins. He lived in Middletown for fifty years before moving to Portland to live with his son, Raymond and best friends, his grandchildren, Raymond, JR. and Tyler. It was a move that made a strong family stronger.
Rich was a hard worker and provider, working till he was 72 years old. He was one of the premier softball players in Middletown for many years, including playing for and organizing the State Moose Lodge Softball League. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Germany during the Korean War. Rich traveled many times to Europe with his long time companion Vivian Arrigoni. They never needed a tour guide, with all the friends they made along their journeys.
"To all my friends that went before me and to all I leave behind, I love you all. God Bless." Rich.
Rich is survived by four sons, Richard R. Stebbins, Jr. and his wife Shirley of Hartsville, SC, Tim Stebbins and his wife June of Corinth, MS, Richard Stebbins II and his wife Karen, Raymond T. Stebbins and his companion Angela, two daughters, Kathleen M. Daley and Frances A. D'Amico, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and the one true love of his life, Carol Giesbrant. He is also survived by his brother, Henry Stebbins of FL and his sister, Mary Lou Stebbins Cappiello of Middletown. He was predeceased by two sisters, Patty Stebbins Barone and Lorraine Stebbins Dasconio.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Richard's daughter Frances for the extra care and compassion she shared with Richard and her strength to help the family through this very difficult time.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 20th at 7 pm at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver Street, Middletown, CT. Friends may call at Biega Funeral Home prior to the service from 5-7 pm. Burial with military honors will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at 4899 Belfort Rd, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
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Published in The Middletown Press on May 20, 2013