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Richard Philip LaRowe

December 27, 1942 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Richard LaRowe Obituary

Richard (Dick) LaRowe, 80, of Griswold, died November 28, 2023. He was born December 27, 1942, in Norwich, CT.  He is predeceased by his father Philip LaRowe, mother Alice (Clang) Zglobis, and step-father Frank Zglobis.

Dick grew up in Taftville, CT attending the Sacred Heart Catholic School and Norwich Free Academy.  In 1958 he met his future wife Pauline and they were married May 18, 1963. After leaving Taftville, they lived for a time in Baltic, CT and then spent most of their lives in Griswold, CT.  He lost his wife Pauline when she passed away earlier this year, on January 29.

He is survived by a son Rick and wife Tracey of Franklin, MA; a daughter Diane LaRowe Crumb and Aaron Rockwell of Central Village; and daughter Sheri LaRowe Cooke. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Lisa LaRowe, Tim LaRowe, Brian LaRowe and Declan Cooke. He leaves behind a sister Melody Dineen of Groton and a sister-in-law Rose Pinette of Bloomfield. Dick also leaves his cat Callie and many nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, and countless friends and lives he touched throughout his life.

As a young man Dick worked at Henry's Auto Top in Taftville, and after graduating high school worked at Electric Boat as a mechanical designer for 19 years. There he built many life-long friendships. He then ventured out on his own starting LaRowe Painting & Decorating, a business he ran with his wife Pauline. He was a volunteer Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Technician, and volunteered as Committee Chair for a Boy Scout troop. When called upon he chaired his town's street light committee.

Dick was a hard worker and a self-taught do-it-yourselfer.  There are few things he didn't build, repair, or improve.  He loved spending time in his garage shop, and for many years it served as a neighborhood gathering spot. In retirement he became an accomplished woodturner, making a collection of bowls, goblets, ornaments, and other creations that will be passed down for generations.  

Dick was a resilient man; he faced health challenges throughout his life but he never let them stop him. In addition to dealing with Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis (a rare muscular disease) since childhood, he had numerous heart attacks, multiple open-heart surgeries, bone breaks from osteoporosis, and lived for many years with congestive heart failure. He always found ways to adapt, only recently completing repair work on his driveway from his wheelchair. Not because he had to do the driveway repair work himself, but because he wanted to and he found a way.

Family and friends were important to Dick. While he had strong opinions about the "right way" and the "wrong way", he was always there to help in good times and in bad. Through all his health challenges, he never complained about them and always maintained a good (though sometimes dry) sense of humor while pushing ahead. With Pauline, he raised his children to be hard workers with strong values and ethics, which was important to him.

Family and friends are invited to join in Dick's Memorial Service at 10 AM December 9, 2023, at Sacred Heart Church, Providence Street, Taftville. Interment will immediately follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Norwich. A Celebration of Dick's Life will follow. The Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home, 490 Voluntown Road, Jewett City, has been entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences please go to www.gagnefuneralhome.com.

It was Dick's wish in lieu of flowers that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to the American Heart Association, or any personal favorite charity.

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Memorial Service
Saturday
December 9, 2023

10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church Taftville

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