Richard H. McGonigal died on February 6, 2023. He was 91 years old and lived in Middletown, Delaware. Ritchie was born on September 15, 1931, in Chester, Pennsylvania. His parents, Richard (Billy Ritchie) McGonigal and Gertrude Murtaugh Deighan, died before he was born.
He finished high school at St. James Catholic in 1949. During the Korean War, he was in the Air Force (1952-1956). Ritchie had worked for a long time. He worked as a bartender in his younger years and loved to sing and entertain people.
He worked for Sun Oil Refinery and ran his own company, Rainbow Water Ice, simultaneously. He made and sold Philly Soft Pretzels and Italian Water Ice. After selling the business, he worked as an Independent Driver for home fuel oil.
He drove for several other companies, and when he was 70, he retired. He wasn’t ready, so he got a part-time job at Home Depot and worked there until he was 87.
Rich loved horses and dogs very much, especially his Boxer Baron. He had many beautiful horses over the years and taught his wife, children, and grandchildren everything he knew about them.
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When he and Mary went to see Secretariat at the Kentucky Derby, it was one of the best times of his life. Rich liked to spend time with his family and friends. When he did, he wanted to tell stories or jokes to make everyone laugh.
This love of life and laughter will be sorely missed. His wife of 66 years, Mary McGonigal, was the love of his life. His children, Rich McGonigal, Kevin McGonigal, and Michele Krolick, will miss him (Michael).
Kelly, Kacie, Kate, and Kassidy McGonigal are her four grandchildren. JonMichael Krolick and Michael Krolick (Lisa) Shane and Brooke Krolick are Krolick’s great-grandchildren. William McGonigal and Barbara Moccia are the only siblings left. Lots of nieces and nephews.
On February 16, 2023, a private military service with honors will be held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, Delaware. Visit our Tree Store to buy a beautiful tree to plant in memory of Richard.
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