Seneca Falls, NY/Durham, CT - Richard L. John Sr., 89 of Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, NY, formerly of Durham, CT, passed away suddenly on February 28, 2021.
Born in Meriden, CT on February 19, 1932, Richard was the son of Ernest and Veronica (Wolosko) John and lived the majority of his life in Durham, retiring to Seneca Falls, NY in 2004. A 1950 graduate of Durham High School, Richard was proud to have been a co-captain his senior year on the Durham HS baseball team, finishing with a 13-4 record.
Richard and his wife of 64 years, Patricia, enjoyed entertaining and hosted many holiday parties and summer picnics. Richard's favorite season was summer, as he loved crabbing along the Connecticut shoreline and maintaining a large garden, blueberry bushes, and a greenhouse.
Richard worked some years for W.A. Parsons and Durham Manufacturing before spending the majority of his career as plant manager at Bull Metal Products in Middletown, CT. When he retired, he enjoyed driving for Precision Devices in Wallingford. Upon moving to Seneca Falls, he occasionally drove for his Amish and Mennonite neighbors.
He was a proud life member of Elks Lodge #771, Middletown, CT, the Coginchaug Bench Warmers and a charter member of the Durham Exchange Club. He also spent several years coaching Little League baseball and served as President of the Durham League for one season. He enjoyed attending Auto Racing at Connecticut tracks, and the Boston Bruins, Hartford Whalers, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, and in retirement loved watching the UConn Women's Basketball team on TV.
Richard was pre-deceased by his loving wife Patricia (Crawford) and is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Richard and Bonnie John of Charlotte, NC and Dr. Gregory and Dr. Doreen John, DVM of Seneca Falls, NY, and five grandchildren, Laura, Kelly, Henry, Spencer, Murphy.
A graveside service will be held by the family at the Durham Cemetery, 30 Town House Road, Durham, CT. There will be no prior calling hours.
Donations in Richard's memory may be made to Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes, 1529 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 or pathwayhome.org, or the charity of your choice.
Friday, March 19th, 2021 | 11:00am When:
Friday, March 19th, 2021 11:00am Location:
Durham Center Cemetery Address:
Town House Road Durham, CT 06422
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