Rich was born in Hartford Ct. and grew up mostly in East Hartford. He was an Army veteran, and served in Bamberg Germany from 1965 to 1968. He was an avid fisherman and a lover of all things auto racing. He cared about the environment and was a big NY Yankees fan and a NY Giants fan. Rich leaves his brother Steve Champ and his sister in law Cheryl K Champ, and his brother Frank Champ, and his nephews Tyler, Zachary, and Mike Champ. Also a niece, Jennifer Champ. He was much loved and respected by his friends, and especially the family that were close to him and really knew him………..Think of a moment…….capture a recollection of a laugh, remember some help coming your way, recall some advice that did not seem meaningful until later, try and think of a full smile directed at only you, picture a fishing rod fully bent over in the setting sun, remember a seriously ice coated ride home late at night, try and feel the love coming from someone who did not get a lot of love to give……and had a hard time expressing it, remember the fierce independence, the basic competence, the Rock and Roll set on 11…….the loyalty to family…….and forget the shortcomings……see the best brother a brother can have……..Rich is gone. Funeral arrangements are private and are being handled by the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.