Richard A. Chick Sr., 86 of Willimantic, passed away October 14, 2020. Richard was born June 24, 1936, in Chaplin, CT to Harold and Violet (Belairs) Chick. He graduated from Windham High School in Willimantic, CT. After graduating Richard worked for a few small construction companies before landing his job with the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation. He would spend 39 years there prior to retiring. There were many lifelong friendships that he had from those years in which he would stay in contact with them through retirement and birthday parties, the "town hall meetings" at Carboni's garage in Franklin, or simply over breakfast at the local diner, don't forget the extra side of bacon.
He was a volunteer for the Windham Youth Organization as a little league coach for many years. His love of baseball was with him throughout his life. He attended any games that his children would play in and also countless nights at Rec Park in Willimantic watching softball from his tailgate of his truck with his friends. He was a fixture along the left field line often entertaining players as they walked by for their games. Cigar in hand and a commentary for all that would listen.
He was a member of the Windham Center Volunteer Fire Department, Willimantic Elks Lodge and Masonic Lodge of North Windham.
Of all his accomplishments the one he treasured the most was that of Grandpa to his three grandchildren, Michael, Alissa, and Steven. His dedication and love for them was demonstrated by the wide variety of events that he religiously attended. Recitals to wrestling and everything in between you could find hime there. When he was around any of them his eyes would light up and his smile was brighter.
He is survived by his sons, Richard A. Chick Jr. and wife Anna of Mansfield, Darren M. Chick of Willimantic: Grandchildren Michael, Alissa, and Steven Chick: Nieces and Nephews Donna, Jeff, Maurice, and Anita.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Violet Chick and by his brothers Harold, Peter, and Robert Chick.
Richard's calling hours will be held at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St., Willimantic, CT on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Richard's graveside service will be private.
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