Dr. Richard J. Landino, 83, of Southington, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 2, 2021. He had been the beloved husband of Nancy Landino for 49 years. Richard was born on March 11, 1938 in New Haven, CT, to the late Peter and Concetta Landino. At a young age, his family moved to West Haven where Richard spent his youth at Savin Rock as one of the "Rock Rats". He went on to graduate from Notre Dame High School and then off to Providence College and University of Maryland Dental School. After training to become an oral surgeon and serving in Korea with the United States Air Force, in 1974, he settled into Southington with his wife and young family. Known by many as "Doc", Richard opened his oral surgery practice over Riccio's on North Main Street. Nearly twenty years later, Doc decided to close up his practice, went back to school, and re-emerged as a physical therapy assistant. For the next two decades, he worked for Wolcott View Manor Nursing Home in Wolcott, CT. Almost immediately after arriving in town, another very important chapter in his life began. Richard joined the Southington YMCA and for over 45 years had a continuous presence there five days a week where we could be found running along the streets of downtown with "the guys", pumping iron in the weight room, or holding court in the front lobby. Richard will be remembered for his quick wit, devotion to family, care of others, hiking, biking and hunting adventures and for his unique style for not taking the road most traveled or most socially accepted but rather the one he believed was right. Richie did it his way! Richard is survived by his son Anthony J. Landino and his wife Christine of West Hartford and his daughter, Nicola O'Rourke and her husband Jim of Southington and 3 cherished grandchildren, Olivia, Joseph and Jameson. He is also survived by his sister, Jacqueline Catania and her husband Ronnie, his brother Robert Landino and his wife Eileen and his sister Rosemary Hofmiller and her husband Robert. Richard will be sorely missed by his sister-in-law Sharon Francis and her husband Ken O'Connel of Conway, South Carolina. He was a loving uncle to his nieces, Jennifer, Stephanie, Jacqueline and Lindsay and nephews, Dino, Mark, Corey and David. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Nancy and precious nephew, Michael Landino. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Southington Community YMCA, 29 High St, Southington, CT 06489 Attn: Mark Pooler. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com
Published by The Record-Journal from Sep. 10 to Sep. 5, 2021.