He lived first and foremost for his family and told it like it was. Rich gathered very little moss: he worked for Cigna, delivered for the Burlington County Times overnight and in later years he worked for an auto parts store. With 10 grandkids, retirement made him busier than ever. Maybe his real calling in life was to be a babysitter. He took the grandkids on trips to Diggerland, attended every sporting event imaginable and little trips here and there. His family would abandon him at the pool with all ten and head off to the outlets, but Rich didn’t mind. He was the pop-pop who’d sit next to you on a coaster. If his T.V. was on he’d probably be checking out some old movies on Turner or the Hallmark Channel (25 days of Christmas).
A young Rich would get fixed up on a blind date with a gal named Janice. With a confident strut and looks like the “Fonz” he quickly won her over. Making sure she was always right and getting her a Cappuccino (stirred) from Wawa every morning led to a 46 year marriage blessed with sons, Brian (Melanie), Jeffrey (Sonia), and Christopher (Lisa); and grandchildren, Gabriel, Angelina, Matthew, Julian, Grace, Alex, Aiden, Veronica, Zakary and Phoebe. He is survived by his sister, Janice Pawling and many nieces and nephews.
Come celebrate 70 great years Tuesday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. at Parish of the Resurrection, Church of the Holy Name, Delran. Interment Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Cemetery, Wrightstown. Donations in lieu of flowers to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, # 300, Marlton NJ 08053 will be appreciated.