Richard “Dick” Geary
“Beloved Husband, Father & Grandfather”
Richard ‘Dick’ Geary passed away on April 15, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital after a brief illness. Richard was born in Waterbury on October 18, 1928, the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Griffin) Geary. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley Julian Geary, and his four children, Steven and Dr. Candace Geary of Chesapeake, VA, Randy and Alice Geary of Prospect, Kathy Finelli and her husband, Ray of Waterbury and Mary Pelkey and her husband, Dan of Watertown as well as his six beloved grandchildren, Peter Flammia, Kara Geary Smith, Alysia Geary Mulkey, Chandra Salvatore, Kyle Pelkey, and Jeremy Eterginio and four beloved great grandchildren. Richard is also survived by his brothers, Edmund Geary and his wife, Helen of South Yarmouth, Mass and Robert Geary and his wife, Dorothy of Portland, Oregon and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Reginald Geary of Marston Mills, Mass.
Born in Waterbury, Richard graduated from St. Peter and Paul Grammar School, Crosby High School and Quinnipiac College. He served two terms in the military in the US Army, the first in Germany at the end of World War II as a member of the occupation troops and the second in Korea during the Korean Conflict as a member of the Infantry. Richard worked at Timex Corporation for thirty four years, and took an early retirement in 1991 after many years in corporate management positions which required extensive travel around the globe. During his tenure, he relocated to Taiwan for two years with his family, while helping to develop manufacturing operations for Timex in Asia.
An avid sports enthusiast, Richard played on many softball and volleyball teams in greater Waterbury and enjoyed golf at East Mountain for many years. He also loved watching his children and grandchildren playing sports, and after his retirement he hardly ever missed one of their games. He and Shirley also played cards often, with friends at The Waterbury Elks Club in leagues. Together, they greatly enjoyed their retirement, spending a lot of time with family and traveling and vacationing with their many friends, enjoying trips to Cape Cod, Maine, Virginia, North Carolina and the Caribbean. He will be missed by all.
Richard’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Richard’s caregiver, Nikki Claffin for taking such great care of him.
Arrangements: Funeral service will be held on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.