Richard Joseph Stoddard, 69, of Colchester, beloved husband of Linda (Howk) Stoddard, passed away Friday (Nov. 16, 2018) at Hartford Hospital. Born Feb. 28, 1949 in Flushing, NY, he was the son of the late William and Helen (Marchand) Stoddard. He served proudly with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and went on to work as a custom gunsmith for Colt Firearms for 38 years before his retirement in December of 2012. A talented workworker, Richard was a member of the Eastern CT Woodturners Association and was also a member of the Rockville Fish & Game Club. In addition to his loving wife of 45 years, he leaves two children, Richard Stoddard, Jr. and his wife, Amy of Enfield and Jennifer Stoddard of Columbia, MD; two grandchildren, Zachary and Madelyn; a sister, Patricia Weiss of Islamorada, FL; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Bobbi Stoddard, Jr. of No. Babylon, NY; a brother-in-law, Benjamin Lupia of East Quogue, NY and numerous extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Kathleen Lupia. The family will receive guests starting at 9:30 AM Tuesday (Nov. 20th) at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester before an 11 AM Chapel Service with military honors. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Colchester-Hayward Vol. Fire Co., 18-54 Old Hartford Road, Colchester 06415.
Colchester Hayward Volunteer Fire Department
52 Old Hartford Road, Colchester CT 06415