Richard Cleveland Hastings Jr., 89, of West Hartford, passed away on Aug. 31, 2011.
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Richard was born in Hartford on June 20, 1922. He was the son of the late Richard Cleveland Hastings Sr. and Lillian Spencer. He was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Lorain J. Hastings.
Richard resided in West Hartford for most of his life and enjoyed spending summers in Hampton, Conn. He graduated from The Kingswood School in West Hartford. He attended the University of Virginia, and received his B.S. degree from Trinity College in Hartford.
He proudly served in the Air Force from 1943 to 1946 as a navigator. In addition to rising to the rank of captain, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three oak clusters. Richard worked in various capacities at The Stanley Works in New Britain from 1946 until retiring in 1983 as group vice president of hand tools. Prior to that he was the president and general manager of the Stanley Tools Division.
Richard served on the Board of Directors of the Fletcher-Terry Company from 1983 until 1993. He was a trustee of the Kingswood-Oxford School, a deacon at the First Church of Christ in West Hartford, a member of the Bigelow-Howard Fish and Game Club in Hampton and a member of the West Hartford Squires.
Richard was a great-nephew of President Grover Cleveland.
Richard is survived by his daughters, Pamela Hastings of West Hartford and Linda H. Rosania and her husband Richard, of Princeton Junction, N.J.; his four grandsons, Army Sgt. Matthew J. Rosania and his wife Nicole of Hawaii, Scott J. Rosania and his fiance Jessica Connolly of Maryland, Benjamin C. Hastings and William A. Hastings of Kensington; his sister Sandra Hastings of Willimantic as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Richard was predeceased by his son, Richard Cleveland Hastings, III, a brother Charles S. Hastings, two sisters, Florence Hastings and Marcia H. Peck, as well as a step-brother, Edward W. Broder Jr.
The family wishes to acknowledge with deep gratitude his caretaker for the last nine years, Charles Sheehan. With Charles's dedication and attention, Richard was able to get to Hampton, go to dinners, and attend activities with family and friends. They also shared many a discussion and laugh. We also wish to acknowledge the Reservoir Care and Rehabilitation Center in West Hartford. Dick was well cared for there by a warm and loving staff.
He will be remembered in many ways, but perhaps most importantly for his love of family, generosity of spirit, incredible work ethic and sense of humor. He was a true gentleman.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 12 South Main St., West Hartford.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kingswood-Oxford Fund, 170 Kingswood Road, West Hartford, CT 06119; or to First Church of Christ, Congregational, 12 South Main St., West Hartford, CT, 06107. Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, West Hartford has care of arrangements.
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Published in West Hartford News on Sept. 8, 2011