Richard “Rik” Pepe, 66, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday, January 25, 2020. He was the son of Doctor Vincent and June (Segnalla) Pepe. Besides his wife Patricia (Orsini), he is survived by his daughter, Melanie Ginn and her husband Scott, his brothers, Steven, Dr. Vincent Pepe and his wife Judith and Dr. Paul Pepe and his wife Linda. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Frank Orsini, sisters-in-law, Susan Orsini and Maria Auclair, several nieces and nephews including Vincent Pepe and wife Vanessa, Steven Pepe, Christopher Pepe and wife Molly, Jenna Pepe, Lauren and Michael Pepe, Sharon Wilson and husband Brian and son Jordan, Allen Viets and wife Damita and son Roman, Shaun Viets and daughter Ava, and Ramona Auclair; his cousins Janet Capiello, Paul Capasso, Dr. Robert Golia and wife Alyssa, Dr. Jon Golia and several other cousins. He also leaves behind his dearest and best friend Ken Galgano and wife Isabel, and dear friend Joe Hannigan and wife, and a host of dear friends who were family to him – too many too mention.
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Rik attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Grammar School in Meriden and Westminster School in Avon. He graduated from the University of Miami, and St. Raphael’s Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia. He practiced the art of anesthesia with an exceptional skill that was highly praised by his peers in the profession. He was extremely compassionate and caring and gave his patients the kind of care he would want his family to have.
Rik was an exceptionally devoted husband and father, and his family was always first and foremost. He made friends easily and was always on hand to offer help wherever and whenever needed. He had a sharp wit and zany sense of humor for which he was well known. He was an intellectual and well read on a variety of subjects and loved to engage in discourse on subjects he was passionate about. When he was passionate about something, he would dive in head first and give it his all. He was no nonsense and got things done without hesitation. He grabbed life by the hand and led it to the beat of his own drum.
Besides his love of family, he was passionate about his dogs, music, history, classic film, the Miami Hurricanes, art, literature, Dr. Who, and anything involving electronics and computers. His music collection is boundless and contains music of every genre – it was his pleasure to sit with headphones listening to music in his favorite chair. In his youth, he was an avid water skier. He was an accomplished amateur videographer and music editor. But above all of his pasttimes, his most favorite was that of listening to Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. His collection of their music is epic. He spent a great deal of time with his friend Ken attending concerts and easily befriended the members of the group. He also befriended his favorite female vocalist Mary Fahl and her husband Rich and he derived tremendous pleasure from creating videos for Mary’s music.
Rik was larger than life and one of a kind. He was a friend to everyone who knew him and he will be tremendously missed, especially by his wife of 35 years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 1st at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels, St. Joseph Campus, 22 Goodwill Avenue, Meriden. Everyone is asked to gather directly at the church. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden is entrusted with the arrangements.