Richard Perry Pittala, 90, beloved husband of 58 years to Rose Zydiak Pittala, of Hamden, went home to be with the Lord on Sat., Sept. 24, 2011. He was born in Jacksonville, FL July 27, 1921 a son of the late Anthony and Sarah (Fascella) Pittala and resided in Hamden since 1969. He proudly served in the US Navy during WW II and was a Pearl Harbor survivor stationed aboard the USS Helm. Mr. Pittala was employed by the US Postal service for many years before retirement. He was an active member and former vice-president of the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Richard and Margaret Pittala, Julie and Richard Gagliardi, all of North Haven, Michael and Nancy Pittala of Milford, his precious grandchildren Danielle & Christian Pittala and Elizabeth & Michael Gagliardi all of North Haven. Twin brother of Robert Pittala of NY, Louise Sonntag of FL, and Dorothy (Saul) Walker of NJ. He was predeceased by 11 brothers and sisters and his beloved daughter-in-law Etta Gaetano Pittala. Christian burial service will be on Wednesday Sept. 28, at 10 am in the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, 285 Alden Ave., New Haven. Friends may visit with his family at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. Panikhida service will be at 7 p.m. Interment with military honors in St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Cemetery on Stillson Road, Waterbury.

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  1. Aunt Rose my thoughts, prayers and all the love in my heart is with you and your beautiful family. Uncle Richard was such a wonderful, gentle, sweet man. I want to handle life’s ups and downs with the grace and humor that he always showed. Love to all Sara, Rick, Megan and Dan Brown

  2. Dear Danielle and family, We want you to know that we are thinking of you and all your family. We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather. Please know that he is in our prayers.Peace be with all of you. Love, Stiles,Sandy,Stiles Jr. Zachary and Megan

  3. Please accept our sympathies and condolences. So sorry to hear of your loss. Uncle Richard was such a wonderful man!

  4. Rich and family, I was sorry to see your father passed prays are with you and your family,I am sure he will be sadly missed. I think it was nice to mention Etta’s name. I think of her often. Love Etta and Billy Reilly.

  5. I was very sad to hear of the passing or Richard. He was a kind and gentle man who always had a good word to say and a smile to share. Memory Eternal.

  6. My Uncle Richard had to be the sweetest man I ever had the pleasure of meeting. Eerily I was just describing him to friends on 9/24/11 as being a Pearl Harbor Survivor and I was sad that I haven’t seen him for such a long time. My love to Aunt Rose, Richard, Julie and Michael and their families. I will hold onto my fond childhood memories of my Uncle Richard.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Rose, Richard, Michael & Julie & your famiiies. On Uncle Richard & Uncle Bob’s 90th birthdays, we called and the two brothers wished each other a happy birthday. It was just beautiful to hear them speak to each other. Uncle Richard will be greatly missed. RIP Uncle Richard. Love, Skip & Laurie

  8. My dear sweet, sweet Uncle Richard. How blessed we have been to have you in our lives. So many wonderful memories from childhood to now. Growing up I always said that I wanted to marry a man as loving, kind and gentle as you and thankfully I did. There are no words to express the depth of my love for you and the sense of loss that I feel – that we all feel. You will be forever in our hearts. Aunt Rose, Richie, Julie, Michael and to the rest of the family, know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Though miles may separate us, we walk beside you. May the love we all share give you strength and comfort. With all our love, Nancy, Tim and Annemarie

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