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Richard Targett Jr.

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Richard M. Targett Jr.
Richard M. Targett Jr., 85, of Danbury, cherished husband of Joanne (Albaum) Targett, died peacefully on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Danbury Hospital, while holding his treasured wife of 64 years' hand; just as he had always wished.
Mr. Targett was born on May 29, 1933, in Danbury, Connecticut, the son of the late Richard M. Targett. Sr. and Helen (Walker) Targett.
He was educated in Danbury schools, graduated from Danbury High School with the Class of 1951 and "bled green" for his alma mater, Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Mr. Targett was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War. After returning from military service he worked for a time in the family business, Targett's Laundry, Inc. He then became employed in the claim department of the Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, where he was a life-long employee, and retired in May of 1997 as Litigation Manager in the Hartford office after forty years of service.
In his younger days, Mr. Targett was active in both local and State politics. He was a member of the Danbury Zoning Commission and served ten years on the Danbury Board of Education. He served as vice chairman of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee and was Treasurer and later executive vice president of the Young Democrats of Connecticut. He also served as a congressional aide to United States Congressman from the 5th Connecticut District, John S. Monagan. A gifted and talented writer, Mr. Targett prepared many speeches for the late congressman.
He, along with his wife Joanne, were foster parents to many children over the years. They also volunteered at the Dorothy Day Hospitality House and for Birthright.
Mr. Targett loved and enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. He was an avid reader of American history and politics, and he enjoyed "conducting" and listening to music and sharing his favorites with everyone.
He taught us all so much; from how to face challenges with dignity, grace and courage, to the importance of history and grammar. He will be remembered for so many things including his unconditional love, his ever-present-no-matter-what sharp wit and great sense of humor, and "spark" that shone though his bright blue eyes.
In addition to his cherished wife Joanne, of sixty-four years, who he fell in love with at first sight, and never lost sight of; Mr. Targett is survived by his beloved family: four sons, Richard Michael Targett and his wife Luciana of Moraga, CA, Robert Matthew Targett of Danbury, Christopher Meade Targett and his wife Shannon Smith of Waban, MA and Timothy Francis Targett of Danbury; four daughters, Patricia Anne Targett and her husband David Castruccio of Danbury, Ellen Walker Targett (Baker) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Nancy Jane Targett and her husband Dr. Ike Schurman of Columbia, MD, and Amy Elizabeth Targett of Chattanooga, TN; fifteen grandchildren, Monica (Jason), Jessica, Victoria and Justin Targett; Alison and Caitlin Targett Eaglin (Nate); Brad and Brooke Baker; Luke, Sarah, Ike Richard, and Jack Schurman; Mackenzie and Madison Targett ; and Alec Targett), and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, James J. Foley III of Danbury; five sisters, Elizabeth A. Lewis of Florida, Jean M. Johnson of Massachusetts, Barbara T. Raftery of Washington, H. Joy Previdi of Newtown, CT and Ann M. Martin of Stratford, CT. He leaves behind "Cat", his loyal Siamese cat.
He was predeceased by his grandson, J. Hunter Green, son-in-law, Dr. Patrick G. Eaglin and sisters Margaret M. Stave, Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Snell, and his parents.
At the request of their Dad, the family would like to extend his and our profound gratitude to Dr. Murali Chiravuri, who for the past 10 years, was so very much more than just his doctor; and to the Danbury Hospital 8 Tower nursing staff.
The family will receive friends at the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 520 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, with Rev. Joseph Prince officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.
The Richard M. Targett, Jr. Annual Scholarship is being set up at Danbury High School in his honor.
Published in News Times from Sept. 10 to Sept. 12, 2018
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