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Richard "Rich" Pitkat

Wednesday, May 17th, 1944 - Saturday, October 12th, 2019
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On Saturday, October 12, 2019 Richard “Rich” Pitkat loving father of five children, passed away at the age of 75. Richard was born on May 17, 1944 in Rockville CT, son of the late Francis and Mary (Root) Pitkat. He raised his two daughters Jill and Joan in Suffield, CT. He is a United States Navy veteran and served aboard the USS Austin. Richard retired from Sweet Life Foods in Suffield, CT and was awarded for two million+ accident free miles as a truck driver, also affiliated with the Teamsters Local 559 as a Driver Stewart for 20+ years. After Rich retired, he moved to Walpole, NH to live out his retirement.
Rich enjoyed playing racquetball, he was an avid runner (Manchester road race, Mt Washington). He enjoyed his retirement and kept himself busy having coffee with friends, visiting family, staying fit at the gym, maple sugaring, trips to the casinos and races, and working part time for Bergeron Construction and his friend Seth Olivo. He was known for his quick wit, strength, infectious laugh and kind, compassionate heart. Rich always made himself available for anyone that needed his help. He liked watching and joking with others about sports, he was a New York Yankees and New York Jets fan.
He is survived by his daughters Jill Pitkat, Joan (Pitkat) Perrone, Karen Bohr and husband Tim, Shannon Dion and son Paul Netopski; his seven grandchildren Devin, Vanessa, Ashlee, Alex, Jenna, Kaelyn, and Kamden; his great grandchildren Carter and Jameson; his sister Linda Mac Laughlin and husband Bill; his friend Nancy Darby; as well as so much more family and friends. He was preceded by his wife, Elizabeth (Netopski) Pitkat, whom he devoted her last days to be with. We will love and miss our Dad until we meet again.
A Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, October 19th, at 3pm, his family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service from 1pm to 3pm at Browne Memorial Chapels, 43 Shaker Rd, Enfield, CT. Memorial donations in his memory can be made to Patriot Guard Riders of CT, ℅ Marcia Young, Treasurer, 8 Brenda Lane, Old Saybrook CT 06475.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels
    Address
    43 Shaker Road
    ENFIELD, CT 06082
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 3:00pm
    Location
    Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels
    Address
    43 Shaker Road
    ENFIELD, CT 06082
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Anthony Bruno

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With heartfelt condolences, Keith and Mary Root, Kathy (Root) and Gordy Lloyd, Kevin and Kristin Root and families.
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Joseph Girard

Posted at 10:45am
To a friend who was more like a big brother to me. Rich was old school, a man of honor and integrity who was as devoted a father as I've ever seen.
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Paul Szoc

Posted at 08:47pm
I was fortunate to have coffee almost everyday with Rich for over ten years!! We all had our special chairs and how I miss not seeing Rich every morning. As you all know Rich was a fan of the Yankees and Jets and I was a fan of the Red Sox and Patriots so many mornings were started about talking and harassing each other about our favorite teams. This was the year for Rich to give it back to me as his Yankees had a far better year than my Red Sox!! Hopefully the Yankees can win it for Rich!! I will always remember our friendship. RIP My Friend!!
God Bless!
Paul & Carolyn
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Shannon... Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. ~ Your friends at Southwick Regional School
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