Obituary: Richard Francis ‘Dick’ Sargent Sr., 95

obituariesRichard Francis “Dick” Sargent Sr. passed away on July 26, 2016 after a short illness. He was the husband of Elsie Bernice (Blanchard) Sargent. He was 95. He was a life-long resident of Southington and resided at The Orchards at Southington at the time of his death.

Dick was born on April 5, 1921 in Southington to the late John Sargent and Margaret Alice (McGarvey) Sargent. He attended Southington schools and was employed for many years in the shipping department of General Electric in Plainville. Dick and Elsie were married for sixty-nine years. Dick was a veteran of the United States Army, where he attained the rank of Corporal and served his enlistment at the Veterans Hospital in Togus, Maine, during the Second World War. In his prime, he was an avid sportsman, having played baseball with the Southington Brothers Christopher and was a candidate for the baseball National League. He was inducted into the Southington High School Baseball Hall of Fame in June 1985. A die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox, he lived long enough to see them recover from The Curse of the Bambino several times over.  He also enjoyed playing horseshoes with his brothers and friends and the dog races in Plainfield. He bowled in the Senior Bowling League. He was a parishioner of St. Thomas RC Church in Southington and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Dick is survived by his wife, Elsie, of Southington, and his two children and their spouses, both of Southington, Annette Horner (Allen) and Richard, Jr. (Mary). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Sean Brennan, Leslie Obrien, James Sargent, Stephanie Allery, and Lauren Sargent, his great-granddaughter, Kaylee Brennan, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sisters, Margaret Anderson and Catherine Porydzy, both of Southington, and is predeceased by his parents and brothers John, Joseph, and Lawrence.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 29th  at 10 am  at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday morning from 9-10 am.

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