Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00
Richard B. Locher, 86, died March 15, 2011 after an extended hospitalization following surgery. He was the husband of Eileen L. (Morris) Locher.
Mr. Locher was born February 20, 1925 in Utica, NY. Son of Harry O. and Rose (Brady) Locher. After graduating from Regis High School in New York City, he entered the army and served in the Philippines during World War II.
Upon discharge from the army, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University. He worked as National Accounts Sales Manager for Fisher-price Toys for 25 years and with Selchow & Righter maker of Scrabble, Parcheesi and Trivial Pursuit as vice-President of sales for 10 years.
His happiest times were in bringing up his five children and playing piano for his friends in Manhasset from 1956 to 1990. He was active in St. Mary’s Church, Manhasset and was a member of North Hempstead Country Club and The New York Athletic Club.
He and Eileen retired to Heritage Village, Southbury, CT in 1990 where he was active as President of the Heritage Singers, President of the Heritage Village Ham Radio Club and vice-president of the Heritage Village Ambulance Association both as crew member and director of radio service. He was also active as a eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury. He recently was honored as a recipient of the Saint Joseph medal for service to his Parish.
Besides Eileen, his wife of 60 years, he leaves five children, Maryellen and husband Jeffery; R. Brady, Jr. and his wife, Maureen; Peter and his wife, Lynn; Betsy and her husband, Tom; and son Edward. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren.
Viewings were held March 18 at Sacred Heart Church, 910 Main St, Southbury CT, 06488. A Mass of Christian burial took place on March 19 at Sacred Heart Church with Reverend Joseph Donnelly as celebrant. Arrangements were made by Carpino Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church-Mustard Seed Fund, 910 Main St., Southbury, CT, 06488 or to the Heritage Village Ambulance Association in Southbury, CT, 06488.