1947 – 2021
Woodstock – Dr. Richard P. Waido, 73, of Paine District Rd., exchanged time for eternity on Wednesday March 10, 2021. He was born in New London on May 15, 1947 to the late Evelyn V. (Auwood) Gibson and the late Andrew E. Waido.
He attended East Lyme Public Schools and St. Bernard’s High School in New London. After graduating from the Catholic University of America (B.A., physics) he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps with the 1st Armored Division in Germany. He then pursued graduate studies at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester (M.S., optics) and professional studies at the New England College of Optometry. He worked both as an optometrist in private practice in West Hartford and as an optical designer and engineer at Gentex Optics in Webster, MA.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, June M. Suleski; and by his sister, Nancy Waido of East Lyme, CT. His wife of 32 years, Lorraine M. (Dionne) Waido predeceased him in 2002.
Funeral services are private and have been entrusted to the Valade Funeral Home & Crematory, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Memorial donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Southington, CT 06489 . For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.