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Richard P. Power
November 27, 1948 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Richard P. Power, 75, of Brookfield, a retired educator, died at his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, January 26th, 2024, after a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Fitzpatrick) Power for 45 years.
Richard was born in New York, NY on November 27th, 1948 to Richard and Mary (McGovern) Power. Raised in the Whitestone neighborhood of Queens, NY, he attended St. Luke’s Grammar School and Bishop Reilly High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Manhattan College and his Master’s Degree in Health Education from Lehman College.
Richard began his teaching career at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Elmsford, NY, where he taught for 6 years. He then went on to teach at Somers Middle School in Somers, NY for the next 30 years, and retired in 2009 after 36 years of teaching.
A Brookfield resident for over 40 years, Richard was an active member of his community. He was a youth baseball coach, played many years in a men’s softball league, ran the town Parks and Recreation summer camp, worked to create the Kid’s Kingdom Brookfield Creative Playground, and volunteered at Meals on Wheels as well as the Brookfield Food Pantry. For many years, Richard especially found great joy in volunteering for the Wheels Program of Greater New Milford, where he drove patients to their medical appointments.
Richard was an avid tennis player, and nothing brought him more joy than his weekly matches with his “tennis buddies”, at his “Little Piece of Heaven” at Williams Park in Brookfield.
Richard was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brookfield.
In addition to his wife, Nancy, Richard is survived by his daughter, Alison (Power) Driscoll and her husband Kevin, his son Timothy Power and his wife Elizabeth, and his granddaughter, Kenna. He is also survived by his beloved granddogs Sophie, Polly, and Mulligan, as well as his grandcats Elroy and Romeo. He is additionally survived by his four sisters Patricia Power, Eileen King and her husband John, Kathleen Kotitschke, and Maureen Lyons and her husband Thomas, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Richard is predeceased by his brother John (Terry) Power and his longtime partner Clare Brown, and his brother-in-law Fred Kotitschke, in addition to his first beloved granddog, Oliver.
Richard’s family will receive loved ones and friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9 Granville Ave., Danbury, on Thursday February 1st from 4 PM - 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 2nd at 10 AM in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brookfield. Interment will be private at the direction of the family.
In Richard’s memory, charitable contributions may be made to The Wheels Program of Greater New Milford and Caribbean Canine Connection