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John Edward Rich

October 15, 1961 January 26, 2018
John Edward Rich
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Obituary for John Edward Rich

John Edward Rich, age 56, of Stratford, beloved husband of Rose (Ciccone) Rich, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018 at Bridgeport Hospital. John was born October 15, 1961 in Bridgeport, son of Carol (Taylor) Rich and the late John B. Rich, Jr. of Stratford. John grew up in Lordship and was a life-long resident of Stratford. 

John had a passion for helping people. He was a dedicated boy scout and went on to be an active member of Explorer Post 77, where he spent several years as a first aid counselor at a camp for intellectually and physically disabled children. John spent 30 years volunteering with the Stratford EMS, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant and worked as an EMT, paramedic, instructor and mentor to the many that follow in his footsteps. John was a founding member of Stratford EMS Explorer Post 911.  

John’s passion spilled over into his professional career where he worked as a respiratory therapist at St. Vincent’s, Bridgeport and Milford Hospitals. John shared his exemplary skills with his students as an Instructor of Respiratory Therapy at Goodwin College. John also spent many years as a paramedic with AMR.

John loved his family above all else. His wife Rose and his two daughters were the light of his life. His door was always open to anyone who needed it. Many remember the nights spent porching at John’s house, smoking cigars, drinking whiskey, playing pinochle (like his dad) sharing stories and laughs.

John loved to cook and cheer on the New England Patriots, NY Yankees and NY Rangers.  John’s love for his 3 dogs fueled his tireless efforts, as the co-chair of the Stratford Dog Park Committee, to bring a dog park to Stratford. John loved Stratford, it was in his blood, and he did all he could to make the town the best it could be by being very involved in Stratford politics and serving on various boards and committees over the years.  

In addition to his wife and mother, John is survived by his two daughters, Theresa Rich of Stratford and Becky Rich and her wife Liz Batsford, of Brunswick, Maine; a brother, Michael Rich of Stratford; two sisters, Kathy Kovalik of Stratford and Tricia Rich (Greg Wheeler) of Andover, MA; his father-in-law, Valentino Ciccone of Norwalk; brother-in-law George Ciccone (Lisa) of Fairfield; two sisters-in-laws, Josie Parin of Norwalk and Jenny Ciccone of Trumbull; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and two godsons-Wesley Ciccone and Hunter Moss. 

Friends are invited to attend his funeral service officiated by Reverend Jeff Lukens on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. by meeting directly at the Lordship Community Church, 179 Prospect Drive, Stratford. Interment will follow in Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford. 

Friends may visit with his family Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main St., Stratford. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the    Stratford Ct Dog Park, 776 Robin Ln, Stratford, CT 06614-2418

For additional information or to share a message of condolence, visit   www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com


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Visitation

Monday

29

Jan

3:00 PM 1/29/2018 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/29/2018 8:00:00 PM
William R. McDonald Funeral Home

2591 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615

William R. McDonald Funeral Home
2591 Main Street Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Service

Tuesday

30

Jan

11:00 AM 1/30/2018 11:00:00 AM
Lordship Community Church

179 Prospect Dr
Stratford, CT 06615

**** officiated by Reverend Jeff Lukens ***

Lordship Community Church
179 Prospect Dr Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Interment

Tuesday

30

Jan

12:45 PM 1/30/2018 12:45:00 PM
Saint Michael Cemetery

2205 Stratford Avenue
Stratford, CT 06615

Saint Michael Cemetery
2205 Stratford Avenue Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Stratford CT Dog Park

776 Robin Lane
Stratford, CT 06614
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