Richard C. Pettus passed away on February 6th surrounded by loved ones in his hometown of the Bronx, New York. Richie was 89 and died of natural causes.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Elinore, who was waiting for him with open arms in heaven. Richie leaves behind a daughter and her husband (Theresa and Danny Matuck), three sons and their wives (Bill and Kathy, Rich and Katie, Steve and Colleen) and thirteen grandchildren (Ryan, Christopher, Caroline, Alyssa, Alana, Jack, Gregory, Devin, Peter, Liam, Timmy, Ellie and Stevie).
Rich was born in the Bronx in 1930 to William and Margaret Pettus, the third of their three sons. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School and joined the Merchant Marine before serving in the Korean War as a Machinist Mate on the Light Cruiser, USS Worcester. Richie met Ellen at a CYO basketball game and dance, and fell immediately head over heels in love with her. Their courtship extended across the war, and they were married when he returned in 1955. Richie spent the remainder of his career working for the City of New York, first as a power-plant fireman for Misericordia Hospital, and later as a Custodian Engineer for the Board of Education. Richie and Ellen were always active in the parish of St. Francis Xavier, volunteering to help run events every year. Richie’s interests included reading, fishing and horse racing, but he was always happiest when sharing time with his extended family and friends, entertaining them and being entertained by our shared stories of life. He will be sorely missed.
Visiting will be Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9pm at John Dormi & Sons Funeral Home, 1121 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10:15am at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1703 Lurting Avenue, Bronx. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne.