Richard A. Petrarca Sr., age 73 of West Grove, PA, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Jennersville Hospital. He was the husband of Maureen Petrarca, whom he shared nearly 41 years of marriage and devoted father to Richard A. Petrarca Jr.
Born in 1945 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of John Luke Petrarca and Gilda (Ippolito) Petrarca. He graduated from Bishop John Neuman high school in 1963. After enrolling in college, he decided to temporarily forgo his education and “voluntarily” drafted into the Army where he proudly served his country. After returning from Vietnam, he graduated from LaSalle University, where he learned to correct everyone’s grammar, with a Bachelor of the Arts in English Literature.
After graduating, Richard spent a short time with his brother Ronald in Las Vegas before moving back to Philadelphia where he worked managing various restaurants throughout the area. After reconnecting with Maureen, a family friend from his youth, he convinced her to go on a date and eventually marry.
While working at the Chadds Ford Inn in Chadds Ford, PA and raising his son, he went back to school at Immaculata University where he studied the fine art of Education. Soon after he began his teaching carrier at Assumption B.V.M. in West Grove, PA. Richard retired in 2012, but never stopped talking about his students, and recently attended former student’s graduations.
Richard was a proud member of the Pius X counsel of the Knights of Columbus where he was a Fourth Degree Knight. He was also an active parishioner of Assumption B.V.M. Parish, West Grove, where he served on multiple church committees, counsels, and advisory groups.
In his retirement, Rich spent most of his free time in his garden growing various flowers and a large crop of tomatoes and basil. A life-long Philly sports fan, since back to when the city had two baseball teams, you could always find him near a T.V. or radio if the Phillies were on. If you haven’t heard his story about the Flyers winning their first Stanley Cup you are missing out on some great laughs.
Rich’s biggest passion was his family. He loved to travel, with annual family trips to the Outer Banks and multiple trips touring across Italy with his wife Maureen and family friends. Richard loved to spend time on the phone with his son Richie talking about the Phillies. The father and son duo, passionate fans, took an annual trek for the Phather and Son baseball game, where they followed the Phillies to a new city each year with their good friends. Being devoted to family, he looked forward to all the family gatherings and Holidays at his niece’s house (Marcella and Victor Gregory) where he stirred the pot with his wit and humor, and his favorite time was spent after dinner sleeping on the couch with his brother John Petrarca
and watched his great nieces and nephew grow into adults and start their own families.
He is survived by his wife Maureen, his son Richard and his fiancée Sarah Gmyr, his sister in-law Dana Petrarca, his brother John and wife Marcy (nee McGowan) and their daughter; Marcella and her husband Dr. Victor Gregory; his great-nieces Caitlin (nee Gregory) and husband Mike Overman and son Danny; Brigid (nee Gregory) and her husband Andrew Trites, and Maggie Gregory; his great nephew Victor William Gregory; and his dog Cody p.
He was preceded in death by his mother Gilda and father John Luke, and brother Ronald.
You are invited to visit with Richard’s family and friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 300 State Rd, West Grove, PA 19390.
An additional viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 11:45 am on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
A funeral Mass will follow at 12:00 noon at Assumption B.V.M. West Grove.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to the Knights of Columbus Charities, please send checks payable to K of C St. Pius X #3858 to Assumption B.V.M. C/o Knights of Columbus, 300 State St. West Grove, PA 19390 and the Veterans of Foreign War National Veteran’s Service http://bit.ly/RPsrVFW who are instrumental in fighting for Veteran’s right’s locally and nationally.