Richard Paul Haesche, Sr., 89, of Colchester, passed away Tuesday (June 12, 2018) with his children at his side, rejoining his late wife of 63 years, Agnes Rita (Gordon) Haesche, in Heaven. Born Nov. 28, 1928 in New Haven, he was the son of the late Rupert and Mary (Walsh) Haesche, Sr. Mr. Haesche proudly served his country with the U.S. Air Force during both the Korean & Vietnam War eras. He earned a degree in accounting and worked as an accountant during his twenty years of service. He then went to work as a Tax Auditor for the State of Connecticut, as well as in private practice, owning and operating Central Accounting Service of Colchester. Mr. Haesche was also an accomplished novelist, and published numerous books over the years. He loved to write poetry. He was also an avid woodworker and always had a project around the house. Over the years he built boats, decks, gazebos, sheds, shelves, furniture, and knickknacks. Richard loved music of the big band era, and while never formally trained, he could pick out classics and standards on the piano, clarinet, harmonica, and accordion - all by ear. His family and those close to him knew Richard as a deeply spiritual man, gentle, and wise. He always had a thoughtful perspective to share that revealed the depth of his faith. He was fair and generous of heart, valued truth, and recognized the best in people. He donated his time and resources to volunteer organizations such as F.I.S.H. (Fellowship In Serving Humanity) and several charities. He leaves his three children (and their spouses), Paula Scopino and Dr. Michael Pierce, of Glastonbury, Cory Haesche and Thomas Cannamela of Salem and Richard and Tina Haesche, Jr. of Chaplin; five grandchildren, Daniel Scopino (and his wife, Allison) of Bristol, David Cannamela of Essex, Katie Cannamela of Meriden and Lucy and Zoe Haesche, both of Chaplin; and a great granddaughter, Romy Angelina Scopino. In addition to his beloved wife, who predeceased him on April 15, 2018, and his parents, he was predeceased by his five siblings; sister, Mary Johnson; and four brothers, Rupert, Jr., Joseph, Donald and Thomas Haesche.
The family will receive guests Saturday (June 16th) starting at 11 AM at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road Colchester, with a Chapel Service at 12:30 PM. Burial with military honors and a reception will follow the service. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 (www.heart.org) or to the The Valor Foundation, 1101 Ben Tobin Drive, Hollywood, FL 33021 (www.valorfoundation.com).
American Heart Association
The Valor Foundation
1101 Ben Tobin Drive, Hollywood FL 33021