MERIDEN - Richard Joseph Cyganik, 49, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was the husband of Christine Boulanger Cyganik. Born in Meriden on Feb. 3, 1957, he was the son of Jean Zenkiewicz Cyganik of Bradenton, FL and the late John Cyganik. He entered the military right out of high school and was employed as an Air Traffic Transportation Systems Specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration. He was a member of the Air National Guard and a member of St. Joseph Church. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Melissa Cyganik of Meriden; a son Brian Cyganik of Meriden; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Doree Cyganik of Canton, GA; a sister, Patricia Wooster and a brother-in-law, Paul Wooster, both of Phoenix, AZ; a mother and father-in-law, Denise and Sherwood Boulanger of Southington; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gregory and Elizabeth Boulanger of Southington and Robert and Sharon Leone of Plainville; a niece, Kimberly Cyganik of PA; several nieces and nephews; and one grandnephew. Richard had a strong will to live and had gone to Washington, D.C. to have a radical surgery performed. The family would like to thank Dr. Samuel Bobrow and Eileen for their compassionate care. A memorial service with military honors will be held at St. Joseph Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. If desired, contributions in Mr. Cyganik's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden.

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  1. Chris – My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. Rick was a lucky man to have been so loved. Brenda

  2. Chris, Melissa and Brian I feel so fortunate to have shared a small part of Rich’s life. He never failed to amaze others with his knowledge of any endeaver he engaged in and enlighten their lives with laughter. May his spirit for life mentor this world!

  3. Chris, Melissa and Brian, I knew and worked with Rick for most of the last 29 years. He was always a man of great integrity. I was so glad when he came to work with us at the FAA in New Haven. From the start, he was the one to go to for help. He always had the answer, or would have it the next morning as soon as he walked in the door. He is already missed. I was honored when you asked me to escort him into the church. I’m proud to have known him.

  4. Chris, Melissa and Brian, I worked with Rich for 3 years. He was a good man. He was also a great listener as well. We talked about his battle with cancer as my mother-in-law was also battling cancer. We talked about treatments and everyday things that were going on. He helped me deal with knowing what to expect for my husband and how I might see him through. Once again thank you Rich. Your words of wisdom mean a lot. Amy

  5. Chris, Melissa, & Brian, We were deeply saddened to hear about your loss. We hope your good memories of Richard will help comfort you during this difficult period. You are in our prayers. Nancy, Frank, Christina and Trevor Covey

  6. Chris, Melissa, and Brian – We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Corrine, Bob,and Heather Ross

  7. Chris, Melissa, and Brian- I am so sorry for your loss of an amazing husband and father. I hope that you all can find peace and comfort. Rick was a great individual whom will never be forgotten but always missed. My thoughts and prayers are always with the three of you. Stay Strong. Love Always, Sarah

  8. Chris, Melissa, and Brian, My dad and I want to send our sympathy to you all on the loss of your husband and father. Know that you are in my thoughts at this difficult time.With Sympathy, Ray,Jr

  9. Chris, Melissa, and Brian…I am so sorry for your loss and so very proud to have known your husband and father. Rich was a great co-worker and friend (at NWS Hartford) that made you laugh and enjoy life and .beamed. when it came to his family. He will be greatly missed and I hope I can live up to the standards he set for all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Chris, Melissa, and Brian…I am so sorry for your loss. Rich touched my heart in so many ways. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Chris, Our thoughts are with you Brian and Melissa. May you find stregnth in one another, and in knowing that others are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers. Joe and Leslie D’Amato

  12. Chris: Brian and Christine had been together at St. Joe’s since K, and we would like to send our heartfelt sympathy to you, Brian, and Melissa on the loss of your husband and dad. Warmest regards, Roxanne, John, & Christine Davenport

  13. Chris: My Condolences on your lost. May you find peace and comfort through the support of family and friends.

  14. Dear Chris & Family – I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father–please know that I am thinking of all of you at this very difficult time. I will keep you in my prayers. Karen Brown

  15. Dear Chris and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all .Im very sorry for your lose. I will be thinking of you at this time.

  16. From AFSS BDR our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Cyganik family. Rick sense of pride, and professionalism in any endeaver he engaged in will be missed and never forotten. I feel so fortunate to have know Rick.

  17. i miss you daddy='[ life just isn’t the same without you. we all miss you more than words can explain. keep watching down on me, mommy, and brian. i love you<33

  18. I only knew Rich for a short time while I worked at Danbury, but he was always very helpful with whatever I needed. He will be missed by all. My deepest condolences to his family during these trying times.

  19. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Rick. Rick was a kind and gentle person. His sense of pride, and professionalism was seen in his approach to the task at hand. Rick was a co-worker, a patriot and above all a wonderful person to know. God Bless.

  20. It is with deepest sadness to hear that Richard has lost his brave fight. May it comfort you to know that Richard is not suffering and has gone to a better place. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Debbie Spotts, FAA Boston

  21. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Cyganik family. Richard’s prescence will be missed but not forgotten.

  22. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Frank Flotteron, Sarah and Kristin Waltiere

  23. Rich has blessed all of us who had the opportunity to work with him in the FAA. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  24. Rich was a truly nice guy, we shared a couple of years together and he showed me the ropes when it came to the FAA and CT. He took me under his wing and made sure I knew everything he knew about work and life. Hopefully he will put in a good word or two with God for all of us. I will truly miss him but will help keep his constant dream alive that UCONN mens basketball wins another Championship.

  25. Rich was extremely devoted to the Danbury Air Traffic Control Tower and never left one stone unturned. If there was ever an equipment problem, we always called Rich. He was always nice and jovial to all of us in the tower. He really, really cared about people and his job. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. Danbury Tower Personnel

  26. Rick and I worked together at the National Weather Service office at Bradley International Airport between 1992 and 1994. I always appreciated his dedication and knowledge of the job, but I especially enjoyed his presence in the workplace – I love to laugh, and so did Rick. His use of dry and witty humor is how I will remember him. I will also recall how much he loved his family – he always spoke fondly and proudly of his wife and children. My condolences to the entire Cyganik family. He will be missed.

  27. So sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. I knew him from the Air National Guard. He was great individual.

  28. To Richard’s Family and Friends: I got to know Richard while working with his work group on a team building project in 2004. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing and your great loss. Richard was a sensitive, caring, and courageous man who fought to live because he loved his family and friends so much. The way he faced the great challenge of his illness will always be an inspiration to me. I am deeply honored to have known him. My prayers are with you.

  29. To the entire Cyganik family, my condolences. Rich and I were classmates during our childhood years, and we spent much time together riding our bikes around our neighborhoods and just ‘hanging out’ at each other’s houses. He was a pretty cool kid whom I was always comfortable being with. From these messages, it sounds like he kept that ‘coolness’ in his adult life… I had lost touch with him around the time of high school as we each went our separate ways. May he rest in peace and may you take comfort in knowing how deeply he touched so many lives… the world is a better place for having had Rich here. God bless us all.

  30. We fondly remember many family gatherings with Richard when we were children. Picnics in the yard in the summer months and walking to the park on Diamond Hill for the fair. We always played whiffel ball in those days and we recall that Richard could always be counted on for a few home runs. He really could hit that ball out of the yard! We spent many Christmas Eves together and we will always remember watching the 3 colored rotary light as it changed the appearance of the silver foil Christmas tree that stood in the living room. Such happy times we all shared together. Our heartfelt condolences to all who loved Richard. With love, Cheryl (Cyganik) Perry and Michael Cyganik

  31. We here at Bradley airways tecnical field office are so sorry to hear of the passing of Richard. We heard over the months of the corrageous fight that he had with his battle with cancer. We all send our deepest sympathy to Richard’s friends and family.

  32. With Deepest Sympathies and Condolences on your loss. Federal Aviation Administration Atlantic Operations Control Center Hampton, Georgia

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