1960 – 2020
Eastford – Richard R. Phaneuf, Jr., 60, of Eastford died Friday, September 25, 2020, in Hartford Hospital. He was the devoted husband to Mary Ann (Horonzewic) Phaneuf, and caring father to Melanie Phaneuf. Born in Putnam, he was the son of Elizabeth (Boies) Phaneuf of Woodstock and the late Richard R. Phaneuf, Sr.
During his youth, Rick did a work-study program at Linemaster Switch Corporation where he continued to work for thirty-six years as a buyer before he retired. Rick was a very friendly person and enjoyed entertaining many friends in his man cave that was fondly known as “Rickerins”. He also loved animals especially raccoons and was fond of motorcycles, particularly Indians. He loved sitting and playing butterfly bejeweled on his iPad. He also enjoyed watching the Celtics, the Patriots, Perry Mason, American Pickers, Maine Cabin Masters, as well as Beachfront Bargain Hunt on his living room television.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Horonzewic) Phaneuf; his daughter, Melanie Phaneuf; his mother, Elizabeth (Boies) Phaneuf; and his siblings, Raymond Phaneuf and his wife Carol, and Kathy Duke and her husband John. Rick is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law including, Edward and Heidi Horonzewic, Janet Veldkamp, Cathy and Ken Julian, Kelly and Corey Leveille. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Rick is also survived by his beloved puggle, Cookie.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit with Richard’s family on Saturday, October 10, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in Most Holy Trinity Church, 568 Pomfret St., Pomfret, CT. Burial to follow in St. Philip Cemetery, Ashford. Due to the current Covid-19 limitations, we ask that masks be worn throughout the entire service. For memorial guestbook, please visit www.GilmanandValade.com
To view Richard’s memorial video tribute please click on the following link: http://videos.lifetributes.com/1092736