Fort Walton Beach, FL — Richard J. Gradzewicz passed away on April 28, 2013, after a brief illness.
Born in Lawrence, Mass., on June 27, 1943, Richard was the son of the late Raymond Gradzewicz and the late Genevieve (Milauskas, Gradzewicz, Frezzette) Bonyman.
At 19, he enlisted in the Army, serving in Germany and Vietnam achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. Upon his honorable discharge in 1970, he raised his family in New Hampshire while he enjoyed a fulfilling career with New England Telephone/NYNEX until his retirement in 1994. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Fort Walton Beach to be near his daughter, Candace, whose husband, Douglas, was stationed at Eglin AFB. During his retirement in Florida he kept busy with some small jobs and particularly enjoyed serving as a driver with Okaloosa County Transit.
Having lost two of his three daughters much too soon, Richard (Rick) came to find his greatest pleasure in living simply: the white sands of the Gulf Coast where he called home; looking at the night sky through his telescope; sharing emails that were thoughtful and informational as well as humorous; always being there for his daughter and her family; being a good neighbor to the wonderful people in his neighborhood; phone conversations with his family and friends. He lived life on life’s terms and he left this world living his life just the way he wanted to live it. He loved much.
He is survived by his daughter, Candace Frizzell and her husband, Douglas, of Eliot, Maine; a sister, Christine St.Onge and her husband, Richard, of Chelmsford, Mass.; a brother, Philip Frezzette and his wife, Patricia, of Windham, N.H.; grandchildren, Ryan and Aleana Haselton of New Hampshire; Matthew and Larissa Frizzell of Eliot, Maine; and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his daughters, Sheila Gradzewicz and Yvonne Haselton; his brother, Raymond Gradzewicz; and former wife and mother of his children, Marjan Cuypers.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas on Crystal Avenue in Derry on Saturday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m., followed by interment at Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester, N.H.