Obituary: Richard E. Elliott Sr., 80

Richard E. Elliott Sr. 80, of Southington passed away peacefully on Christmas Day 2016 at St. Mary’s.Hospital. He was the beloved husband of 54 years and soulmate of the late Sylvia (DelSanto) Elliott.

He was born in Forestville, Connecticut on January 19, 1936 the son of the late Ernest and Victoria (Wall) Elliott. He was a veteran and Corporal in the US Marine Corps, served as Communications Expert, and was an Expert Sharpshooter and Marksman award recipient. He owned the D&D Market in Plainville, CT for over 35 years and later enjoyed working with his son David at Sort of Unique, Inc. and Wanho Manufacturing Co. until his recent retirement.

He is survived by his children Ann Marie Elliott Breitenecker and her husband Rudiger of Southington and NYC, Richard E. Elliott Jr., David R. Elliott and wife Kathryn all of Southington, his wonderful grandchildren Erica, Kristen, Taylor, Matthew Elliott and his adopted grand-dog Sadie. He leaves a brother Paul Elliott and Terri of Forestville and predeceased brother Francis Elliott. He also leaves his brothers-in-law sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews who he loved and enjoyed seeing often. He is also survived by Joseph and Dolores LaPorte, his dearest friends for over 65 years, but who’s counting?

He was a devout Catholic parishioner and served on the original building committee of St. Dominic Church. Richard was an avid golfer, recipient of a hole in one at The Southington Country Club (but who really saw it?), past President of the Southington Northern Little League and past Vice President of the Southington Senior League. He was a passionate and dedicated family man who loved his country, baseball (world’s #1 Indians fan), gardening and cooking for his family and did so often. Most of all, he was known around town as the nicest kind hearted person, a true gentleman to all he encountered. He will be dearly missed.

Special thanks to Dr. Joseph Bowman and the wonderful, caring individuals at the Leever Clinic and the myriad of Doctors and Nurses that helped him.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at 9:15 am from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. to St. Dominic Church at 10 am. Burial with military honors will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Friday from 4-7 pm.

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