Richard J. Best
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Richard J. Best, 81, of Utica, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, with his loving family by his side.
Richard was born on August 25, 1931, in New York Mills, the son of the late Violet (Chiever) Pratt. He graduated from Utica Free Academy. On May 16, 1953, Richard married Elizabeth A. Pawelec at Holy Trinity Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict as a Sergeant and was honorably discharged. Richard was employed for many years in the grocery business. He began his career at Grand Union and later became the proprietor of his own store, Dick's Big M, in various locations locally. He retired from the Mohawk Big M due to illness in 1980.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Elizabeth; four daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Richard Williams, Marcy, Bonnie Best, who assisted her mother in taking loving care of him for many years, Marie and Pat Tomaselli, Whitesboro, and Christine and John DelMonte, New Hartford; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tom and Monica Best, Marcy, and John Best, Atlanta, GA; eleven grandchildren, Jennifer Fitzgerald and her husband, John, Dennis Williams and his wife, Jessica, Heather Tomaselli, Justin DelMonte and his fiancee, Jennifer O'Connor, Kelly Tomaselli, Adam DelMonte, Amanda Best-Sabet, Brandon DelMonte, Danielle Best, Tim Best and Matthew Best; five great-grandchildren, his pride and joy, Colette Williams, Anthony and Ethan Lubey, and Genevieve and Cailainn Fitzgerald; and his sister, Alice (Vic) Whalen. He was predeceased by his son, Dennis Best, and his daughter, Patricia Best-Sabet.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call Friday (today) from 4 to 7 p.m. at Myslinski Funeral Home, 470 French Rd., Utica. Funeral services will begin with prayers from the funeral home Saturday at 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. from Holy Trinity Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Cemetery, Whitesboro.
The family would like to thank the staff of Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, especially those on the 6th floor, the Allen Calder 3rd floor and ICU, for the excellent care shown in their time of need. Also, their sincere gratitude to Dr. Tomy for his excellent care and compassion shown during Dad's time in the hospital.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2013