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LaMOTTA--Richard Edmund. Born in Brooklyn, New York on May 20th, 1942, Richard Edmund LaMotta was a larger-than-life unique man, and a true "social entrepreneur". He is best known as "Mr. Chipwich", the inventor of the original Chipwich, the ice cream cookie sandwich, of which he was so proud, and which came from a love of dunking cookies in milk. He worked hard his whole life, attending the prestigious Brooklyn Tech High School, and Brooklyn College and New York Law School at night over many years while working jobs at AT&T and CBS. Chipwich Chippoppity, a cookie candy, came out of the Chipwich brand and at its second release functioned in conjunction with MyStudentBiz, a business which allowed students to earn money, scholarships, and own a part of the company. His goal was to pass on the entrepreneurship skills he had learned, by mentoring students and helping anyone who asked for his advice. He loved helping people in any way he could, notorious for giving a helping hand to the homeless, and teaching his children to do the same. His generosity was outstanding, and a large part of his life. He created companies that would help people, like his current company, The MD System, an all-natural pain relief system, which will continue on. He loved reading and music, talking sports, car rides, having dinners with his older daughter, watching his younger daughter play sports, always an incredibly devoted family man. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Richard Edmund LaMotta Foundation at P.O. Box 309, Mount Kisco, NY 10549. Survived by his wife, son, two daughters, and a granddaughter. Pre-deceased by son and brother. The wake will be at Beecher Funeral Home in Pleasantville, NY on Saturday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm and Sunday from 2-4pm.

Published in The New York Times on May 14, 2010