Richard D. Tedford, Rick, 70, of Windham, passed away peacefully, Monday, November 8, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Manchester, April 14, 1951. He was the son of the late John V. and Evelyn (Davis) Tedford.
Rick is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 32 years, Sandy Tedford, his kids Rick Tedford, Jr. and wife Beth, Neil Tedford, Joe Milone and wife Allie, and Anne Milone, XL and his grandson, XL4. Also surviving Rick are his sisters, Deb Tedford and Jane Hopkins; his mother-in-law, Corinne Millerd; several aunts and cousins, including Chip Manager and Ted Tedford, who were more like brothers; 3 brother/sisters-in-law and their families; friends and neighbors, too many to mention by name. Rick never met a stranger who didn’t immediately become a friend.
Rick worked 39 years as a Jet Engine Mechanic at Pratt Whitney in Middletown. He enjoyed antique cars, even owned a few through the years. He liked working in his yard, reading books, listening to country western music, taking long rides in his car or truck, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and cookouts in the backyard (the more in attendance, the better!). Rick’s next favorite thing to do was to make people laugh. Wherever he went, sarcasm and humor were a big part of who he was. He was making us laugh right up to the end. Rick taught us to be true to ourselves, work hard, be self-sufficient, love family and friends and always, always have a sense of humor!
He will be missed by all who knew him, but he can rest easy knowing we will carry on his teachings, carry his love in our hearts and will do our best to keep his humor alive! He will be a hard act to follow!
Calling hours and funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 13, 12 noon to 2:00pm at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main St. Manchester. In honor of Rick, dress casual and wear a flannel shirt. Burial will be private, at the convenience of the family.
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