Adam Riegelmann of Branford, formerly of Bethany, and husband of the late Katharine (Dekany) Riegelmann passed away suddenly on September 1, 2012. Mr. Riegelmann was born on October 24, 1937 in Budapest, Hungary, the son of the late András and Iren (Vég) Riegelmann. As a teenage freedom fighter during the Hungarian uprising of 1956, he and his wife escaped the country under the sponsorship of Tabor Lutheran Church of Branford and this began his American dream. At the age of 19 he married on January 12, 1957 and soon after he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Virginia in which he graduated with a B.A. in Engineering. Settling back in New Haven and immediately starting a family, he became an entrepreneur in the tool and die industry thus creating Production and Tool Co. and helping to create the development of the Long Wharf area. Also known internationally for his engineering in Nuclear Medicine Industry. Mr. Riegelmann was known in the community for his generosity and humanitarian work, enjoyed playing handball, traveling, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his sister, Anna Barta; four children, William A. Riegelmann, Katalina I. Riegelmann, Maria E. Riegelmann-Bacote (Horace C. Bacote Sr.), Susan D. Riegelmann, and adopted son Lee Nameth (Olga Nameth); Nine grandchildren, William, Jr, Dianna, Cynthia, Erica, Katharine, Zachary, Sadie, Jacqueline, Horace Jr; three great-grandchildren, Sarah, Adam, and Paul John. Funeral service will be Friday, Sept. 7 at 11 am in Tabor Lutheran Church, 45 Tabor Drive, Branford. His family will receive friends at church Friday morning from 9:30 to 11. Interment will follow in Tabor Cemetery. Arrangements in care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN. In lieu of flowers please send a donation on his behalf to The American Red Cross, 703 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. Billy, Sorry to hear of your fathers sudden death. We remember him meeting us at Chris Martins restaurant for your birthday. Great guy and our thoughts are with you. God bless Jim & Lori

  2. Dear Bill: I am sorry for the loss of your father. His obituary captured what an accomplished and generous man he was; the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Martha

  3. Dear Mr. Riegelmann, I am sorry I did not know you before you passed. I read about you this morning in the New Haven Register…a habit I learned from my father. I read how you were a Freedome Fighter. I would like to say thank you for this fact. I have no doubt you were a very remarkable man. My English Teacher at Hillhouse High School was also a Freedom Fighter….she was a hugh inspiration to me. Thanks you for your belief in freedom and the determination to go to any lengths to maintain it!

  4. Please accept my condolences. I will always remember Adam keeping a close eye on our activities of sorts! We may have said what we were doing but he always knew what we were really doing!I enjoyed seeing him over the years as we grew older knowing that he still had us right were he wanted us!

  5. we were so sorry to hear about your father, we have several fond memories of adam, he was a good and decent man and will truly be missed.

  6. Dear Riegelmann Family, Are thoughts,sympathy and prayers are with you. Love, Bishop Richard and Virgina Brooks

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