Richard C. Memmott, Sr. Ret.WHFD

richard memmott, sr. ret.whfd

August 15, 1944 ~ July 3, 2023

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: West Haven, CT

Richard C. Memmott, Sr., Ret. WHFD, age 78, of West Haven, passed away July 3, 2023. Born in New Haven August 15, 1944, he was the son of the late Charles J. Memmott, Jr. & Ruth (Smith) Memmott. Richard is survived by his wife Wendy (Dockery) Memmott; his sons, Richard C. Memmott, Jr. & his wife Cheryl of Branford and Michael Memmott & his wife Jessica of Bristol; stepdaughters Julianna & Marissa deNicolo of West Haven; grandchildren Sarah, Ashley, Paige, James & Mikayla Memmott; and nephew Raymond Memmott & his wife Jodi and their children Arlyn & Rachael of West Haven. He was predeceased by his sister Linda R. Memmott. Dick retired after 26 years with the WHFD; he went on with a second career at Masonicare in Wallingford for over 20 years as Director of Community Services. He also worked part-time at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home for many years. Richard was an Army Veteran of the Connecticut National Guard.

Richard was Past Master Councilor and a Past Advisor of West Haven (now Robert H. Heller) Chapter of the Order of DeMolay being invested with the Degree of Chevalier and elevated to the rank of Legion of Honor. He made significant contributions to the Connecticut Ancient Free & Accepted Masons for over 56 years. Richard held many subordinate offices in Annawon No. 115 prior to his election as Worshipful Master in 1982 and then again in 1998. He also served as Chaplain, Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian. He was appointed to several Grand Lodge committees, including: Masonic Culture & Public Relations, Custodians of the Work, Honors & Awards, New England Brotherhood, and Chairman for the Credentials & Grand Lodge Session Preparation Committees. In addition, Richard held many Grand Lodge Offices including Associate Grand Marshal 1985 -1986, District Deputy 1990 – 1991, Grand Tiler 1998 – 2016 (elected Grand Tiler Emeritus 2016), and Grand Secretary 2016 – 2018. In 1998, he was awarded the Pierpont Edwards in Bronze and in 2008 he was coroneted with the Scottish Rite’s honorary 33° for Distinguished Service to Humanity. He was a charter member of Ashlar No. 332, a Past Patron of Golden Rod Chapter #34 O.E.S, and a member of many other concordant and appendant Masonic Bodies. Richard also had a lifelong passion for genealogy. He leaves behind a significantly rich body of generational research and will be remembered as someone who was eager to assist and encourage others in their personal discoveries.

Friends may visit with his family at Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Road, West Haven on Friday July 7th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, during this time at 6:30 pm a Masonic Service will be held. All are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Saturday by going directly to First & Wesley United Methodist Church, 89 Center St. West Haven at 10:00 am. To view a live stream of the service, please use this link: Richard Memmott Funeral and Meeting ID: 147 691 027. Burial will be private. Contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the First & Wesley Church or to the Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492.


Visitation: July 7, 2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Porto Funeral Home
830 Jones Hill Road
West Haven, CT 06516


Masonic Service: July 7, 2023 6:30 pm

Porto Funeral Home
830 Jones Hill Road
West Haven, CT 06516


Funeral Service: July 8, 2023 10:00 am

First & Wesley United Methodist Church
89 Center Street
West Haven, CT 06516

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  1. I always admired Richard for his honorable service to both his West Haven and Masonic Communities. It is with deepest sadness that I mourn his loss to his family and all who knew him.

    Fellow past employee at Masonic Geriatric Health Center.

  2. Brother Memmottt was a fine gentleman, Masonic brother, and a generous man. He will be missed. God bless his soul and God bless his family.

  3. I am truly sorry for your loss, My Mom told me that once when my Dad passed out in church it was your Dad, who was the first to react, by calling 9-1-1, He will truly be missed,

  4. My heartfelt sympathies to all of you in the Memmott family. Rich was a very special friend, mentor, and colleague. I regret I can’t be there with the brethren to honor him.

  5. It isn’t often that you get to meet a true gentleman. Dick was the exception to that statement. I remember him fondly. He will be missed

  6. Dear Wendy and family, We’re so sorry Richard was taken too soon, but believe he’s in a better place. Bless you all, and we wish you peace and happier times’ memories. Hugs, Gail Pells and Fred Rubino

  7. To Rich Jr. and the entire Memmott Family. My family extends prayers and thoughts at the passing of Rich Sr. He cared about his family and extended “West Haven family” and was a true “Westie”, with his service in the Fire Department and Masonicare Community Services.
    “A real Gentleman!”

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