Richard “Dick” William Lassy Jr. died on September 30 after battling a long illness. He was 83 years old. He was the son of the late Richard and Marion (Davies) W. Lassy Sr. Dick lived most of his adult life in Southington with his wife, Janet, who predeceased him in 2012.
He is survived by six children; Steve (Ann) Lassy, Diane (Yoshio) Endo, Mike (Michelle) Lassy, Karen Mancini, Craig (Gretchen) Lassy, Brian (Anne) Lassy; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Dick was a generous, dedicated family man. He wanted nothing more than to be surrounded by his family. He was always ready to help family, both immediate and extended with any project, from building a house, helping with a move or buying a car. The family home was a playland with a pool, zipline, tarzan swing, and homemade go carts, all built by Dick using his unparalleled engineering skills.
Dick excelled as a toolmaker at several area small companies. He worked for General Electric for several years where he instituted many improvements to the equipment that mass produced parts. He was instrumental in helping to set up a manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico. After that, Dick became involved with Mastercraft Tool and Machine, a small manufacturing company in Southington, which he helped to build into the family business. For thirty years as president, he guided the company to become quite successful employing several of his children and grandchildren. The business presently is run by two of his sons.
Dick will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace, Dad.
A private memorial will be held for family and close friends. Visit www.dellavecchiafh.com for online condolences.