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Richard Loffredo, beloved husband, father, mentor and community leader, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on April 16, 2020. A few months shy of his 90th birthday, Richard was a long-time resident of Goshen, NY and Sun City, SC. He moved to Suffern in Rockland County in 2005 and finally settled in Brightview Senior Living in Orangeburg, NY in 2018.
Richard was the poet of pizza, the artist of the smile, the virtuoso of the love song, a funnyman extraordinaire, an inspirational teacher, and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who coached love and championed right over wrong.
He co-led his wonderful family with his adoring wife of 65 years, Dorothy, and is survived by his loving children Rick (Erin) Loffredo of Averill Park, NY; Veronica (Greg) Ortiz of Odessa, FL; Andrea (Edward) Grix of Pearl River, NY; and Thomas (Diana) Loffredo of Seneca, SC. A proud grandfather to Eric, Jessica, Juliann, Michael, Francesca, Andrew, Victoria, Nicholas, Isabella and Marionna. And a super proud great-grandfather to Jordan Lee and Gabriella Grace, with the anticipation of new great grandson Rocco Vincent on the way.
Richard was Science and Health Education educator at Goshen High School (GHS) for 29 years. He was the first recipient of the Rosalie Weiss Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in Health Education by the American Lung Association in 1974. During his tenure, he played a major role in the GHS athletic program, including leading the Varsity Baseball program for 25 years.
Richard graduated from SUNY Brockport in 1953, where he was a three-year varsity baseball standout. He was inducted into the Brockport Golden Eagle Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. A proud veteran, Richard served in the United States Army Signal Corp for three years during the Korean conflict. He earned a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1963.
Richard was a devoted member of the Goshen community, where he was a parishioner of St. John The Evangelist Catholic church; an active member of the Minisink Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years; a member of the Goshen Planning Board; the American Red Cross as a BOCES instructor of CPR and First Aid; a member of the Knights of Columbus; and a charter member of the Catholic War Veterans. In Suffern, he belonged to the Sons of Italy Vincent Linguanti Lodge.
During the summer months, Richard was employed as a Health Inspector for the NYS Department of Health and Recreation Director for Orange County Department of Parks in Montgomery. Post retirement, Richard remained the consummate educator, serving as Science Mentor and a Science Consultant at the Montessori School.
Richard is also survived by his sister Carmella (Rocco) Cappozza of New London, CT. He is predeceased by his brothers Michael (Helen) Loffredo and Leonard (Gladys) Loffredo; and sister Catherine (Leonard) Baron. He was a beloved uncle, coach, and friend to countless individuals.
A celebration of his life will be planned for the future.
Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home
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