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Richard D. DeLuca, Sr., 86, of East Haven, beloved husband of 58 years to Lenora Storr DeLuca, passed away on Aug. 13 in Connecticut Hospice surrounded by his family.
He was the loving father of Cynthia (Daniel Baiocchi) Kallert of Branford, Linda (Mike) Bonwill of Englewood, Florida, and Richard D. (Rosalen) DeLuca, Jr., of East Haven. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Rose (Vincent) Rossi of Conway, South Carolina, Saverio DeLuca of Guilford, and the late Lucille Allen, Rosemarie DeLuca, and George DeLuca. Richard was born in Woodbridge on May 21, 1933, son of the late Gabriel and Maria LaVorgna DeLuca.
Prior to his retirement Richard worked in the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in the maintenance department. Richard was a member of the Annex Y.M.A. Men’s Club, the St. Patrick’s Neighborhood Reunion, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer for the Our Lady of Pompeii Church Carnival, a member of the Foxon Recreation Center and “Pit,” and a member of the Connecticut Classics and Drum and Bugler Corps. He loved hunting and was an avid New York Yankees fan.
His funeral procession will leave the Porto Funeral Home, 234 Foxon Rd. (Rte. 80), East Haven, Aug. 17 at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish at Our Lady of Pompeii Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Friends may call Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405. For an online obituary or to sign Richard’s guest book, visit www.portofuneralhomes.net.
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