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"Up, up the long delirious burning blue; I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.

Where never lark, or even eagle flew; And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high, untrespassed sanctity of space; Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

JOHN GILLESPIE MAGEE JR. '40, FROM THE POEM "HIGH FLIGHT"

 

Man of Avon: Richard A. Sperandeo ’70


1952 - 2015

SPERANDEO, RICHARD Richard Sperandeo, of Branford, died on Friday July 24, at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Patti Ouellette Sperandeo of Branford. He was the step-father of Clara Maria Pagliaro of Branford, Nicholas Pagliaro of Branford, Matthew Pagliaro of New Jersey, and Joseph A. Pagliaro of Stony Creek. He was the son-in-law of Mary Ouellette of North Branford. He was the brother of Mary Francis DeMarco of Niagra Falls. He is also survived by his step-grandchildren Gianna Maria Pagliaro and Mason Joseph Pagliaro; his nieces, Jacqueline Mendillo and Elizabeth Sullivan, his nephew Robert Koob, and many loving cousins and relatives, and also his beloved pets. He was predeceased by his parents, Anthony Sperandeo and Mary DeMarco, as well as the mother who raised him, Rosalinda Sullivan. He was also predeceased by his sister, Rosalinda Moore and his brother Daniel Sullivan, and his father-in-law Roland Ouellette. Rich was born in New Haven on November 14, 1952. He was a printer for many years and was a companion for Lifetime Solutions for 12 years. He was an accomplished musician and played lead guitar and lead singer for his band EZ Duz It. He was a longtime friend of Bill W where he leaves behind many friends. Rich was the most selfless man who cared for everyone. He loved music, loved life, and loved his family. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 11:00 at St. Therese Church in Branford. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery in Branford. There will be no calling hours. The W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St. Branford is in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Congestive Heart Failure Research, 5 Brookside Drive, P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492-7522. See online memorial @ www.wsclancy.com.

Published in New Haven Register on July 28, 2015

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