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Richard John Petruzzella Sr.
(January 30, 1936 - February 9, 2024)
It is with great sadness that the family of Richard John Petruzzella Sr. announces his peaceful passing on February 9, 2024 at the age of 88. Richard will be forever and lovingly remembered by his devoted wife and best friend of 38 years, Marianne (Danieli) Petruzzella. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Mary (Bruno) and Pasquale Capodilupo. Richard's life and legacy will forever be cherished by his beloved children Daniel M. Petruzzella and his companion Erin Geel, Jared M. Petruzzella and his companion Victoria Laurano, Richard J. Petruzzella Jr. and his wife Lisa, Joseph M. Petruzzella, and Rochelle G Still and her husband Robert. He is also survived by his loving daughter- in- law Debra Petruzzella, his loyal pup Oakley and six beautiful granddaughters; Lauren Doyon, Tiffany Gonsalves, Vanessa Still, Stephanie Maltais, Natasha Cacciola and Madison Petruzzella as well as eleven great-grandchildren.
He was the fond brother in law of Donna Elliott, Joanne and John Murphy, Frank Danieli Jr. and his late wife Edythe, uncle to David, Dana and Michelle Danieli, Jennifer and Jameson Bell, Jamie Murphy, Jessica and Steve Carlone and Deidre Elliot. Great uncle of Tyler and Chloe Chouinard and Emmeline and Bridget Bell. He is also survived by many cousins and cherished friends. He will be dearly missed by his extended family Johnnie Biagioni, Tony and Lisa Andreozzi among all who knew him well.
As a Boston Native, “Richie” was proud of his Sicilian heritage, and his spirit was enriched by the traditions of his ancestors. His love for his family and his heritage has left an indelible mark on all those who were blessed to have shared his life.
Richie was born in Boston on January 30, 1936 to Italian immigrants. He later lived in the North End and West End of Boston before settling in Everett. He was in the Union for many years, working in masonry for various construction companies -but largely for Anastasia Construction and Empire Masonry working on numerous high rise buildings in Boston and surrounding areas. Richie was also a member of the military, having served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
After his retirement from the Union, he devoted his time to his hobbies; weekly window washing, he loved the ponies and always enjoyed a good wager especially when he was on the winning side. He moved to York Maine in 2002 with his wife and two sons and embedded himself within the community. He was an enthusiastic volunteer to the York Youth Football Organization for eight years. He loved being a spectator at his sons sporting events and rooting from the stands with the rest of the teams parents.
He was a founding member of the original Bagel Basket Cowboys Club arriving early each morning to help set up the shop for business and to enjoy a cup of coffee among his friends. He spent many years at the coffee shop daily with his good friend Johnnie before heading to Johnnie’s Candy Corner to package taffy and other candies.
Inseparable from his wife Marianne, he was rarely seen around town alone. The two enjoyed attending plays, musicals and dinner dates and long chats at the oceans edge with their dear friends Tony and Lisa. He enjoyed frequent breakfast dates and trips to Foxwoods with dear extended family Nancy and Jim Cacciola. He loved cooking, (especially his famous pizza), making soppressata with his sons and family friends Kevin and Lynne Blanche, entertaining and traveling with family and friends over many years. His most cherished pastime was spending time with his family- there was nothing he valued more and held more dear to his heart. He had a full life.
He will be remembered for his wit, bantering and sarcastic humor-all in good fun and for his caring heart and willingness to be there for anyone who needed him. He was a jack of most trades and he could fix almost anything. A man of integrity, strength, and unwavering love, Richard's legacy will continue to inspire and guide those whose lives he touched. May he rest easy in Gods arms until we meet again.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Richard’s visitation at the Lucas Eaton Funeral Home at 91 Long Sands Road York, Maine on Saturday February 17, 2024 10:00 am – 12:30 pm followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard’s memory can be made to the Seacoast Scholar Project, Inc. 180 Southside Road York, ME. 03909.