Richard L. Fuqua, 87, beloved husband of the late Shirley W. Fuqua passed away on Friday February 7, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family.
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Born in Soperton, Georgia on October 3, 1932 he was the eldest son of the late Ira and Hazel Fuqua. Richard resided in Meriden for most of his life. Mr. Fuqua owned his own carpet cleaning business for over 50 years. He was the supervisor of Pratt Cottage at Long Lane School for Boys as well as a longtime employee and friend of Hunters Ambulance. Richard was a member of Parker AME Zion Church.
Mr. Fuqua was on the trustee board for Parker AME Zion Church, President of the Lay Counsel and a member of Kiwanis. He was the Director of Midstate Behavioral Health System from 1998 to 1999 as well as the Vice Chair from 1998 to 2003.
Richard is survived by his son, David Fuqua and his wife Cathie; his daughters, Iris Fuqua and Jessica Ware; his seven grandchildren, Kamryn, Cayden, Brendon, Jordan, Raven, Jayden and Falon; his five great-grandchildren, Avery, Teyton, Delia, Xavier and Cain; his sisters, Gloria, Iradell, Mary, Marion and Pat and his brothers, Willie, Henry, Gene and Charles. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased by his sister Lois.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St, Meriden CT 06450 on Thursday, February 20th from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The funeral procession will depart the funeral home on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to Parker AME Zion Church for a funeral service commencing at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will be in State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.