Richard M. Pfluger
1967 - 2021
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Richard M. Pfluger, 53
Retired N.Y.P.D. lieutenant, devoted father
Richard M. Pfluger, 53, of Staten Island, NY, beloved husband, father, brother, son and friend, passed away on February 14, 2021. Richard was born on March 9, 1967 and grew up on Staten Island. A proud Lieutenant of the NYPD, he retired in 2008. Although he enjoyed his retirement, he continued working security in the private sector.
Richard was an avid sports fan, who spent many seasons rooting for his favorite teams, but was a lover of ALL sports in general. The consummate entertainer, he looked for any excuse to throw a party, BBQ or get-together that always seemed to end with karaoke. He knew the lyrics to every song in every musical genre, and was prepared to perform on the spot. If you had the privilege of being in earshot, you couldn't help but laugh, which was always his motive-of course. But he enjoyed attending parties just as much, planning his costumes months in advance. The big question always being, "What outrageous outfit will Rich show up in this time?" The most notable one being the graduation robe he wore when he became an ordained minister to officiate the wedding of his niece, Melissa and her husband, Pete. Rich also enjoyed spending hours in the kitchen with his sidekick, Lilly at his feet, creating new recipes-his wife, Michele, daughter, Gretchen and stepson, Michael happily serving as his guinea pigs.
Richard was a devoted father to his daughter, Gretchen, and is survived by his wife, Michele, stepson, Michael, father, Richard J. Pfluger and stepmother, Grace Pfluger, his six siblings, Susan, Denise, Kathy, Eileen, Kim, Steven, and a life-long, tight-knit group of friends. He was the light of every room he walked in, adored and loved by all he knew. He will be greatly missed and affectionately remembered by those who knew him. We love you, Rich, and will keep the party going!
Funeral from Matthew Funeral Home, 2508 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 2-5 and 7-10 PM.
Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Holy Family at 366 Watchogue Road, Staten Island, NY 10314 on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:30 AM.
Due to the COVID pandemic, visitors to the funeral home must wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Matthew Funeral Home
2508 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, N.Y. 10314
(718) 761-5544

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Published in Staten Island Advance on Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 22, 2021
You was best next door neighborhood, you was very kind, nice to me and my family we will miss you
Jasmine Graham
Neighbor
February 22, 2021
He pushed us to be and get stronger for what we would encounter on the streets. Very sorry for your loss. NYPD lost a good man.
P.O. Gerard Collins company 95-47
February 22, 2021
I worked with Richie years ago but maintained our friendship ever since. He was an overall great guy who will be missed. My condolences to his entire family. RIP
Joe Fiorello
Friend
February 21, 2021
Rest in peace Richard. I worked with Richie back when he was in narcotics always took care me, great guy going to miss him. Love you.
Jay Robles
Coworker
February 21, 2021
Richie was my Brownell St baby, I watched him grow up to become a great man in every way, Shocked when I heard he passed. Way to young. He was and will be loved forever.
Dot Brown
Friend
February 21, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you all, Rich was a pleasure to work with. May he Rest In Peace.
Kathleen Coyle
Coworker
February 21, 2021
My good friend at St. Peter’s High School. Everyday morning, lunch, through the train ride to the south shore. I remember you as if you are right in front of me. The biggest quads I’ve ever seen, lol, he was all muscle. We played football together to at Miller Field and he was a great support for me. A good man and beyond. Proud to say I knew you. Thank you for you’re service to the public. Rest In Peace Richie.
Dan C
Friend
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