Richard 'Dick' Charles Verneris, 82, beloved husband of 47 years to Diane Dumelin Verneris, of Wallingford, passed away at his home on February 25, 2009 after a long illness. He was born in New Haven on August 23, 1926 to the late Harold and Edith Borghi Verneris.Besides his wife, Dick leaves his sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Michael and Erin Verneris of Minnetonka, MN, Marc and Marga Verneris of Cheshire, and Matthew and Lisa Verneris of Hamden. Grandchildren, Hailey, Jacob, Hannah, Zachary, Drew, Willy, and Nicholas; his brother Arthur Verneris and his wife Irene of Hamden, many nieces and nephews, and his sister-in-law Nancy Daniel of North Haven who was especially helpful to Diane and Dick during the last five months. He was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law Donald and Joyce Verneris.Dick grew up in Hamden and as a teenager enjoyed caddying at the Meadow Brook golf course and was an Air Warden during WWII. In 1944 he joined the Navy and became a SeaBee. While in the Pacific and proudly serving his country he was stationed in Guam. In 1948 Dick and his brother, Art, started Rainbow Cleaners, which now has two locations in Hamden. He is a past President of the New Haven Dry Cleaners Association. When Dick was not working at the cleaners he loved fishing and boating on Lake Okeechobee where he owned a condo. He also had a passion for making home made pasta, sharing dinners with friends and spending time with his family. He will be remembered for his gift of loving and enjoying people and all the great times he shared at Cape Cod, winters in Florida, and Italy and France with family and friends. Dick's family would like to thank the nurses at Hospice; Sister Michelle Bisaillon, Linda Baldwin, Caroline Musmano, Cheryl Smith, and a special thank you to Fred Imbimbo for all his help the past few months.Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden Saturday, February 28th at 9:30. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Church at 10 a.m. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Dick's memory may be sent to Children's Cancer Research Fund, 7801 East Bush Lake Rd., Suite 130, Minneapolis, MN 55439 or CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. Dear Diane and family, We are saddened by Dick’s passing yet relieved that his suffering is over. Somehow we think that Dick and Bob are fishing in a heavenly lake (with some gin & Manhattans) and that makes us feel better. Please know that we send our sympathy to you all, especially you Diane, and Nan. You will be in our thoughts and prayers, knowing that the next few days will be difficult. Our love to all, Jim & Pat

  2. Diane & Family, We were deeply saddened when hearing of Dick’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, and we will always treasure the good times we sharred many years ago.

  3. Diane and Family, So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was such a joyful man and will be missed. I know he and my dad are sharing fishing and Cape Cod stories…… Thoughts and prayers to you all….

  4. I am one of Mike’s colleagues in Minneapolis-so very sorry to hear about the death of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. It is with heavy heart that we were told of Dick’s passing. I enjoyed Dick and Diane,working as their bookkeeper for over 16 years. Watching Michael,Marc,and Matthew grow to be young men,husbands and fathers. I especially enjoyed the long talks I had with Dick while working for him. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Rose C, Kenney

  6. Marc, Marga,Haley, Jake & Mrs. Verneris, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We hope you find strength in the wonderful memories you have of your Father, Grandfather, & Husband. We will miss seeing his friendly, warm, smiling face at Paradise and I know Sebastian will miss bringing him chips. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We love you.

  7. Matt, Lisa and Family – Our deepest sympathy goes out to you during such a difficult time. Your dad and family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Matt, Lisa and Mrs. Verneris, Your families are in our thoughts and prayers and have been for months. We hope that you find comfort in knowing that he is now at peace. Matt you are special to us, we wish we could be there for you this weekend- you will be in our thoughts. Sincerely, Craig and Colleen

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will always remember growing up on Squire Lane. Every child should be so lucky to grow up in such a wonderful neighborhood with so many special parents, who watched out for all of us. Mr. Verneris was one of those special parents. God Bless.

  10. To The Verneris Family – We are very sorry for your loss – Mr. Verneris was always so friendly and helpful and my father enjoyed repairing and building things for him at his home and at the cleaners. Maybe they are building something together now. Our sincere condolences — Carmel Malard Charlene Ruggiero

  11. We just learned of Dick’s passing today after reading about it in the Advisor. It is always sad to learn of someone leaving to go onto a .new. life. Our prayers are here for him and your family.

  12. We were sorry to read of Dick’s passing, We had the pleasure of being Dick & Diane’s neighbors in the mid-60’s (on Washington Ave.). Though we have lost touch since we know he will be missed by family, friends and community. Rainbow Cleaners became our standard for measuring other cleaners as we moved around. None ever measured up 100%. May his memory be blessed among you.

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