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RICHARD NORMAN FASTIGGI - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Richard Norman Fastiggi of South Burlington, Coate's Island, and Mission, Texas, passed away on May 1, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House following a brief illness. Dick was born Dec. 26, 1931, in Bronx, N.Y., the son of James V. and Margaret M. (Perez) Fastiggi. Dick grew up in Mamaroneck, N.Y., became an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1949. He attended Lehigh University, where he was a member of Delta Chi fraternity, leaving there in 1952 at the height of the Korean Conflict to enter the U.S. Army. He subsequently was admitted to and graduated from The Engineer Officers Candidate School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. His service included assignments at Ft. Sheridan, IL, K-8 AFB in Suwon, Korea, and Ft. Dix, N.J. Dick completed his military service in 1956, returning to Lehigh to finish his studies in Civil Engineering, graduating in 1958. Dick worked for a time in New Jersey doing bridge structural design, and in 1960 joined the General Electric Company's Aerospace Group in Burlington, as a missile structural design engineer. Subsequent assignments included leading the winning proposal effort and heading the ensuing management of the Gau8A aircraft armament system program, one of the most successful at GE Burlington. This led to further assignments in business planning and as the manager of the GE test facility in Burlington. Dick retired from GE in 1992, with 32 years of proud service. He was a member of the GE ELFUN Society. Early in his retirement Dick volunteered extensively with the Chittenden County United Way. He was a founding member of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center in 1993. He was a board member from 1994 to 2006, serving in the leadership roles of Secretary, Vice President, President and Chairman. He joined the Malletts Bay Boat Club in 1966, serving several years on the Afterguard, and as Master in 1975 and 1976, and was made an Honorary Member in 2012. Dick was a competitive Lightning sailor, winning the New England Masters Championship in 2010. He was a key organizer of the 2001 Lightning North American Championship Regatta and the 2009 World Championship Regatta, held at MBBC. He retired from competitive sailboat racing after the 2011 season. He was a member of the West Bolton Golf Club, and with his golfing buddies made an annual boating journey from Burlington to Florida, cruising in a recreational trawler and playing golf at each available harbor. Over the years this led to the creation of the on-going "Bruce-Dick-Bill Tournament", with its annual family banquet and awards ceremony. He shot his age twice and earned a hole-in-one. Earlier in Dick's sporting career he was active in sports car rallies and gymkhana. Dick and Patricia Wilson met in 1960 while performing in a community musical theater production in New Jersey, with Dick proposing, and Pat accepting, on stage during the curtain call of "Call Me Madam." The following year they were married at the University of Notre Dame where Pat's father, Alex Wilson, was the track and field coach. Dick and Pat have been active members of their church and community, singing in the St. John Vianney Church Folk Group and the South Burlington Community Chorus. Dick also organized the annual Bishop's Fund appeal for many years. In their retirement community in Mission, Texas, Dick served as president of the neighborhood association for two years, organized their weekly golf scrambles and enjoyed singing in the choir and at happy hour. Dick was a kind and gentle man, and there was nothing more important to him than his family. He enjoyed researching his family genealogy, which included traveling to town archives and even a trip to Calitri, Italy, to research his family roots. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren at camp, and his smile was always present. Predeceased by his parents; Dick is survived by his wife, Pat; his brothers, Robert of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Raymond (Jane) of Mamaroneck; sons, Bill (Suzy Coburn) and Rick (Rebecca Sidway); and daughters, Beth (Patrick Standen), Kathy (Eric Stengel) and their children, Corey, Kate and Christopher, and Barbara (Kurt Bosselman) and their children, Alex and Jemma; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at St. John Vianney Church, 160 Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington, followed by a reception at the church hall. Online condolences can be shared at Arrangements are with the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., in Winooski. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick's name to the American Cancer Society, (Vermont Chapter 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495); the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (82 Killarney Dr. Burlington, VT 05408); Everybody Wins! VT (P.O. Box 34, Montpelier, VT 05601); or any other charity of your choosing.

Published by The Burlington Free Press on May 3, 2014.
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Dick is fondly remembered as a man who lived life well and to the fullest.
Ken and Jean
Kenneth Wolvington
April 27, 2019
Bob and I send our condolences on behalf of our family to Pat and to your family on Dick's passing. You were all wonderful neighbors when we came to South Burlington way back in 1981 and we have some lovely memories of times together. It was good to be with you at St. John Vianney as you said a wonderful farewell to Dick and all those many people present speak to the difference he made in so many lives. Our thoughts are with you all in your loss.
Joan & Bob Kieran
May 7, 2014
Sorry to hear about you loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
stephen yandow
May 7, 2014
He will be missed.
Pat & Jean Clubb
May 6, 2014
He will be greatly missed. Our sympathy and love to Pat and the family.
Dick and Marvel Seger
May 6, 2014
We're sorry to hear about his passing. Glad we knew him.
With all our sympathy,
Dick and Eunice Newell
May 6, 2014
So sorry to hear about Dick. Your family is in our prayers.
Don & Sandy Goben
May 6, 2014
Dick will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathday to Pat and his whole family. Lemon Tree Estates in Texas has lost one of its best
Darwin and Stella Boldt
May 6, 2014
Thinking of all of your family. What a great guy who was a friend of all and he will be greatly missed.
John and Jeanette Tims
May 6, 2014
We are sorry to lose a true gentleman and patient teacher. May the skies be clear, the wind fair and the sailing smooth. Wishing the entire Fastiggi family our sincerest sympathy.
-Peter Hill & Julie Weaver
May 5, 2014
It is with sadness and fond memories of years past when we had the privilege to share moments with a most devoted gentleman Richard. To Pat, his children and their families our heartfelt condolences from a long time neighbors in S. Burlington, Vt. regards, frank e maria caruccio
frank caruccio
May 5, 2014
Beth & Patrick,

I am so sorry for your loss. My
thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Joanne Mercure
May 5, 2014
Wanting to send sincere sympathy to the whole Fastiggi family. It was an honor to know Dick through the MBBC, going way back to the 60's. Always an enthusiast and a positive thinker, he added so much to that group and I am sure to all the many other groups fortunate enough to know him. We have lost a wonderful man!
May 4, 2014
Sorry to hear of your lose. Dick was such a nice guy and gentleman. He will be missed at Lemon Tree.
Steve and Debbie Lehman
May 4, 2014
It is with sadness that I write as I look at the photo of Dick's warm smile. It is a blessing and our pleasure to have known Dick through the boat club. His kindness, caring and generosity touched our lives especially through the Lightning fleet. I specifically remember which maneuvers and techniques that Dick helped us with on our boat. Our sincere sympathy to Pat and all of your fabulous family.
Kay and Arnie Tran
May 4, 2014
Dear Pat,
So sorry to learn that your helpmate through life has died. We all know that he is being sorely missed! Mill & I have some good memories from our time on Quail Run across the street from you....& have so loved keeping in touch via Christmas letters. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & the family!!!
Mill & Rosalie Simmons
May 4, 2014
We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dick's passing. A truly good man, he will be sorely missed. Our most sincere condolences to the entire family.
Ken and Jean Wolvington
May 4, 2014
To Mrs. Fastiggi and family: I have many fond memories of growing up "down the street" from you in Mayfair Park. You were all very good to me, and for that I will be forever grateful. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Paul Kruse
May 3, 2014
Prayers and love to you all. Dick's legacy is in all of you.

Take care
Eileen Pavlovich
May 3, 2014
Dear Pat and family,
I am sending my sincere condolences to you all upon reading of Dick's death. I remember with a smile the fun we had and the beautiful music we produced while in the So. Burlington chorus. May the memories help you through this sad time.
Sue Crowley
Sue Crowley
May 3, 2014
To Pat and family, please accept my sympathies. I do remember Dick late at night on Woodbine Street, flooding your back yard with hot water to make the smooth ice-skating rink that was so popular. Very fond memories.
Tom Schroeder
May 3, 2014
My love, my thoughts and my prayers to Pat and family. Dick came into my life via my brother Bill. I will always remember Dick Fastiggi as one of the warmest and kindest gentleman I have ever known. He surely made the world "a bit more beautiful" for having lived in it.
Jane McGinnis
May 3, 2014
Kathy, I am so very sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
Jill Johnson
May 3, 2014
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