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Richard Karron/Karant

1934 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Richard Karron/Karant Obituary
April 11, 1934 - March 1, 2017 Richard (Richie) Karron/Karant, a loving husband, parent, grandparent and friend, has left us with a smile in his heart. Richie was born on April 11,1934 to Samuel and Gertrude Karant in Bronx, New York, and died at the age of 82 on March 1, 2017, in Wilmington, NC, with his family and loved ones by his side. His final words, spoken to many, were of gratitude and blessing. After an early stint in sales, Richie was discovered by Dustin Hoffman at Catch a Rising Star in New York City. His distinctive voice, large personality, keen intelligence and innate sense of humor contributed to a long and prolific acting career. Richie was a member of SAG-AFTRA for more than 35 years, performed live, in movies, TV and voice-overs, and worked well into his seventies. Some of his most cherished memories were his 1975 performance on Broadway in All Over Town, at the Booth Theater, having been cast by Dustin Hoffman; and in the movie Fatso, written and directed by Anne Bancroft with Dom DeLuise. A longtime member of recovery programs, Richie helped countless members across the country by sharing his experience, strength and hope. Richie married Judy Girard on September 29, 2001. They had fifteen wonderful years of companionship full of travel and laughter as they developed their life in Wrightsville Beach, NC. It was there that Catalina, an English Labrador rescue, entered their world. Richie, Judy and Catalina volunteered at Canines for Literacy and spent many hours helping children improve their reading and communication skills. Richie is survived by his wife, Judy Girard; daughters Stacy Johnson and Gwenn Vallone (of Los Angeles); grandson Mookie Johnson and granddaughter Malyn Johnson, to whom he was devoted and found great joy; nephews Duane, Glenn and Keith Karant and niece Allison Karant and their spouses and children. Donations may be made to Canines for Service, PO Box 12643, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-362-8181, www.caninesforservice.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2017
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