Richard (Dick) Garofano, 77, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.
Dick, son of the late Anthony and Dorothy (Mahoney) Garofano, is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet (MacArthur) Garofano. Dick was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
In addition to Janet, Dick his survived by his children; Phillip (Kia) Garofano, Todd (Holly) Garofano, Anthony ‘Joe’ (Peg) Garofano and his favorite fur-child Ori.
Grampa Dickie, as he was known to his 8 grandchildren; Kiara Yenew, McKenna, Gabriella & Anthony Garofano of Cottage Grove, MN., Christopher Garofano of Saratoga Springs, NY and Nicholas, Samantha & Joseph Garofano of Apple Valley, MN and 1 great grandchild, Spencer Garofano of Apple Valley, MN., (with another on the way) loved spending time with his family. He was also a loving brother (reunited now with his sister Patti Lyons), uncle, cousin and Godfather.
Born in North Adams, MA., Dick grew up and was educated in the Troy, NY area, proudly served his country in the United States Airforce before settling in Fort Myers for the last 25 years where he shared his skills and talent running kitchen and clubhouse operations in some of the area’s well-known establishments; the last 15 years at Terraverde Country Club.
Dick loved to golf, and was a diehard Boston Red Sox fan, loving that his team’s Spring Training home was nearby. Dick was a long-time ‘friend of Bill W.’ His friends and adoptive Fort Myers family held a Memorial Service for him on Friday, Sept. 6 at Terraverde Country Club.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Lee County Cancer Center and the Hope Hospice House for the wonderful care and support they provided Dick and the family.
Calling hours for all family and friends will be 10am – 1pm on Sat., Oct. 5 at the McLoughlin and Mason Funeral Home located at 8 109th Street, Troy, NY. Please visit the website, www.mcloughlinmason.com to leave a message of condolence or for directions to the funeral home.