Richard Fanelli

Richard Michael Fanelli

Sunday, December 6th, 1942 - Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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Richard Michael Fannelli, 77, of Tampa, passed away peacefully of natural causes at home surrounded by his Tampa family on March 25, 2020. He was born on December 6, 1942 in Hartford, CT son of the late Nicholas “Dick” and Annette “Chubby” Fanelli. Richard is survived by his wife of 52 years, Martha; children, Rick (Julie), Eric (Lisa), and Chris (Mabel); grandchildren Julianna, Michael, Josh, Kyle, Ryan, Maya, Emma, and Anna; brothers, Gregory (Denise) and Mark (Patty). Richard spent the majority of life in Wethersfield and Old Lyme (White Sands Beach), CT. He retired to Florida spending the last 25 years in Tampa. In Connecticut - Richard and Martha opened Bloomfield Opticians. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend, and he enjoyed nothing more than sharing stories with friends and family. The Fanellis continually gave back to the community that supported their business, giving eye exams and glasses to those in need. By providing a needy neighbor with the ability to see clearly, Richard helped the community grow stronger. In 2017, the Lions Club awarded him with a lifetime Appreciation Award. In Tampa - Richard continued to utilize his leadership skills and sat on the board of his condominium complex for many years. Richard enjoyed his time making new friends at the pool, going to the New York Yankees spring games as a season ticket holder for 25 years, going to Buccaneer games and supporting his grandkids at their sporting events. At this time we are pausing on celebrating Richard’s life and will be having some remembrances in Tampa and Wethersfield when life is back to normal. Services for Richard will be coordinated by Farley-Sullivan Funeral Homes in Wethersfield, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jesuit High School at 4701 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, FL 33614 or or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Wethersfield
    34 Beaver Rd.
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  • Service

    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 10:00am
    Sacred Heart Church of Christ the King Parish
    56 Hartford Avenue
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  • Interment

    Village Cemetery
    Marsh St.
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Mary S

Posted at 11:58pm
You always made me smile and laugh. You will be greatly missed ❤

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