1924 – 2018
Clearmont, FL and Putnam, CT — On February 14, Richard “Dick” Waters, formerly of Putnam, passed away peacefully after a brief illness. Dick was born in Putnam, on November 14, 1924 to the late Wesley and Viola (Riendeau) Waters.
Dick proudly served as Corporal in the United States Marie Corps 3rd Division in the South Pacific during World War II. Shortly after the war, he returned to Putnam and married Sylvia Bachand Waters. They shared over 40 years of marriage and had three sons, Rodney Waters of Thompson, Russell Waters of Putnam, and Kevin Waters also of Putnam, who predeceased his father in 1997.
Dick was the second-generation owner of the family business Waters Bros. Oil Company Inc., which he passed on to his son Rodney. Dick founded Kawasaki of Putnam in 1972, which he later passed on to his sons Russell and Kevin. Dick was a lifetime member of the Putnam Lodge of Elks No. 574, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, the Marine Corps League and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). He was a licensed private pilot who flew his own Cessna throughout the United Stated. He was the last of the founding fathers and past president of the Tri-State Kart Club in Pomfret. Dick and Sylvia later retired to Clermont Florida and lived many years traveling between Putnam and Clermont in their RV.
After Sylvia passed away suddenly in 1990, he met Florence Klimas in Clermont and they were married for 24 years until her death in January 2016. Dick was also predeceased by his three siblings Charles Waters, Conrad (Spaghett) Waters, and Blanche Rawson. Dick leaves behind his two sons Rodney (and wife Janet) Waters of Thompson and Russell (and wife Audrey) Waters of Putnam, his daughter-in-law Susan (and her husband James) Brazel of Thompson as well as two sisters May Alvord of Putnam and Marie Phyllis Leclair of Thompson. He was grandfather of six grandchildren Sherri (Jason) Laabs, Amber (Christopher) Drew, Kristen (Clarke) Caudill, Kelly (Brian) Fournier, Derek Waters and Shannon Waters. He was also the proud “GG” to nine great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT 06260, followed by burial with military honors in St. Mary Cemetery, Memorial donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the Kevin Waters Scholarship Fund, c/o Putnam Bank, 125 Wauregan Rd., Danielson, CT 06239. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260.