SOUTHINGTON - Richard "Rick" P. Bernaiche, 61, of Southington, passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014 after a long illness.
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Rick was born August 4, 1952 in Southington, son of the late Elsie and Larry Anctil, and to his late father, Richard Bernaiche. Rick was employed by Yankee Gas in Meriden for many years. Above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan who loved watching his beloved Red Sox, New York Giants, and UCONN Huskies. He made the world's absolute, unrivaled, best pizza, and was making his renowned pies with pride until his final days. He enjoyed traveling to New Hampshire to visit family, especially when a healthy wedge was maintained on interstate highways while adhering to posted speed limits. He cherished moments spent with his brothers, and his grandson Caleb, on lush golf greens. His fondest memories were spent in the company of his family and their annual reunion in October.
Rick leaves behind his six beloved children, Marianne, Benjamin, Lauren, Valerie, Justin, and Jill; four grandchildren, who he loved with all his heart, Jared, Maia, Charlie, and Caleb; six brothers and sisters, Reginald, Gene, Arlene, Sheryl, Joseph, and Normand; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; and his beloved dog, Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rick's memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. Burial will be private and at the family's convenience. His family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, June 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.
Plantsville Funeral Home
975 South Main Street
Plantsville, CT 06479
Published in The Record-Journal on June 29, 2014