Richard Manuel Botelho, 74, beloved husband of the late Rachel (Boudreau) Botelho, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, ending a prolonged battle with dementia. He was born in Danbury, Conn., on January 14, 1949, to the late Manuel and Gracinda Botelho.
Richard loved his family, his country and his church. He was happiest by the ocean, sharing the sunshine with friends.
Richard was a 1962 graduate of St. Peter's School, 1966 graduate of Immaculate High School, and 1970 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. He was a prominent figure in the greater Danbury real estate industry for many years.
Richard demonstrated a penchant for hard work and a soulful empathy for others. Without a doubt, his charisma was unparalleled. Richard’s laughter would fill the room, encouraging us all to join in. His love for football was a constant in his life.
Richard leaves behind his oldest daughter, Jessica Milner; his son, Brandon Botelho; and daughter Stefanie Botelho (fiancé Robert Norboe). Richard also leaves behind his brother Robert (Joyce), and two sisters: Elizabeth Kuzniewski (John) and Carol Leone (Mario).
He will be missed by his brothers-in-law Bernard Boudreau (Kathy); Marc Boudreau (Ann); Gregory Boudreau (Lisa); and sister-in-law Claudet Boudreau. He leaves behind grandchildren Kansas Milner, Violet Norboe and Brody Botelho and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Phoenix Marie Milner.
A viewing will take place on Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 4 PM at the Danbury Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation on 117 South Street, Danbury, Conn. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, April 24th, at 10:30 AM at St Peter’s Church on 104 Main Street, Danbury. Burial will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery, Lake Avenue Ext, Danbury. Donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, Ill., 60601, or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kan., 66675.
The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Laurel Ridge Health Care, Ridgefield, Conn., floor 300.
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