We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home
Richard F. Thorpe Jr.
June 5, 1954 - June 8, 2022
Richard was a caring husband, proud father and grandfather, brother, and friend. He left this world suddenly on June 8, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones, at the age of 68.
Rich was born to Richard Sr. and Irene Thorpe on June 5th, 1954. He lived in Manchester most of his life. A graduate of Manchester High School, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology from Central Connecticut State University, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rich worked for Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, Windsor and Southington. Rich transferred to the West Palm Beach office where he retired after 35 years of service. Currently, Rich was President of his HOA and Vice President of the POA in his River Bridge community.
The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy for Rich. He loved spending an afternoon floating in the pool and reading a book, or playing a round of golf. Rich had a great sense of humor and one of his greatest joys was scaring the bejeekers out of his wife; he was a master at it. His granddaughter Alison nominated Rich for the "Best Tickler" award. He LOVED tickling the grandkids and was looking forward to meeting his newest grandchild arriving later this year.
Rich met the love of his life, Raeann, later in life. It was love at first sight and they completed each other in every way.
He is predeceased by his parents, Richard and Irene Thorpe, his sisters, Jodie Thorpe and Patricia Aiello, and his infant son, Shawn.
He is survived by his wife, Raeann, sons Richard, Ryan and his wife Agustina and their unborn baby, sisters Bobbie Potaki and her husband Jon, Michele Nepaul (Shelly) and her husband Mike, sisters-in-law Paula and Kristen Thibodeau, brothers-in-law Rich Aiello and Mark Thibodeau, step-sons Matthew and Marc Bernier, grandchildren Noah Bernier, Kailee Beaudoin, and Alison Bernier, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Our Family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 15th from 2-4pm at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester, CT.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Special Olympics https://support.specialolympics.org on his behalf.
CT Special Olympics
2666 State St #1, Hamden CT 06517