Richard (Dick) Friel, 77, of the Town of Hyde Park, passed away Friday, November 11, 2016.He was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, October 21, 1939, the son of Helen Terralavoro and Francis Friel.
Dick proudly served our country in the United States Army. Dick worked for the New York State Department of Transportation for 37 years as a Right-of-Way Agent in the Real Estate Department. After retirement, he operated "Dick’s Small Jobs", a home repair service.
He loved jazz music, reading the newspaper every day, and an avid fan of the Marist women's basketball team whom he enjoyed going to the games with his good friend, Dick Dabros. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He enjoyed his summers at Cape May and loved to travel. He loved working in his yard and eliminating every dandelion on his grass.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Fusaro, whom he married on May 22, 1960 at Holy Trinity Church. He is also survived by his daughters, Stacy Anderson and husband, Bill, of New Paltz, NY, Ronda Reynolds and husband, Mike, of Kingston, NY, son, Richard, and wife, Jannette, of Cortlandt Manor, NY. Grandchildren, Julia and Reed Friel, Courtany Hagen, Victoria Chenevert and Husband, Justin, Emily Barberi and husband, Adam, great granddaughter, Aurora, and expecting a great grandson in April 2017. He is also survived by his sisters, Jackie Optiz, and husband, Norman, Angela Miller, and Carol Hegener and husband, Hughes, sister-in-law, Annette Ferrari, and husband, Tony, Betty Prince and Doris Brusie, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. David Cho and the ICU and ER staff at Northern Dutchess Hospital for their care and compassion as well as their wonderful and caring neighbors and friends.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 Pm, Monday, November 14th at Sweet's Funeral Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, November 15th at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. (www.stjude.org)