John Ricci Sr.

John B. Ricci Sr.

Monday, January 8th, 1934 - Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
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John B. Ricci, Sr., 86, of Enfield, CT, beloved husband of Frances (Sirianni) Ricci, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.  Born on January 8, 1934, in Hartford, CT, he was the son of Alessandro and Gaetana (Minicucci) Ricci and lived in the Greater Hartford area all his life.John spent most of his career working for Pioneer Systems of Manchester as a draftsman and later, Chief of Quality Control.  He especially enjoyed his work at Pioneer that involved the parachutes for the Space Shuttle and was recognized by NASA for his efforts.
John’s favorite pastimes were his family and bowling, usually in that order.  He also enjoyed the New York Giants and the UCONN Huskies women’s basketball.  John never missed his kids’ after-school activities and made many memories at family celebrations.  His back yard in Manchester was often the neighborhood gathering place for picnics.
In addition to his best friend and loving wife of 66 years, Fran, John is survived by his children, Thomas Ricci of Somers,Frances Barrett of South Windsor, John Ricci, Jr., and his wife, Debbie, of Westfield, MA, Jody Stankiewicz and her husband, Michael, of Enfield; his grandchildren, Regina Ricci of Rowlett, TX, Christine Ricci and her husband,Timothy Lesniak, of Stafford Springs, Amy Page and her husband, Andrew, ofNorth Yarmouth, ME, Lauren Griffin and her husband, Brian, of Dayville, Jenna Heft and her husband, Tyler, of Wethersfield, Jonathan Stankiewicz and his fiancée, Holli, of Enfield, and Michael Stankiewicz of Manchester; his great-grandchildren, Tuuli Page, Aalto Page, Riley Griffin, Kalyn Griffin, Khloe Griffin, and Cade Griffin.John was predeceased by his daughter-in-law,Patricia (Hannigan) as well as all his siblings, Anthony Ricci, Peter Ricci,Henry Ricci, Louise Wallace, and Michelino Ricci.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 4:00 to 7:00 on Monday, January 20th at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St.Bernard Church, Enfield, at 11:00 on Tuesday. Burial will be private and held at the family's convenience.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Audubon Connecticut, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831, or To leave online condolences, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 20th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, January 20th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT 06082
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  • Mass

    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 11:00am
    St. Bernard Church
    426 Hazard Ave
    Enfield, Connecticut 06082
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    Private at the family's convenience
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Stephen Long

Posted at 11:26am
Hi I’m sooo sorry just found out about Dad. My condolences to the family my name is Stephen Long Toms long time friend. Loved him much my fondest memory was Dad cart wheeling at a cookout my family n I attended in Ellington right after he and Tom and I did shots he proceeded to do cartwheels needless to say it was hysterical. He’s one of a kind !!!!!

Dolores Swindle

Posted at 08:29am
Jack and Dolores Swindle extend our condolences to Aunt Fran, Tommy, Frannie Gay, Jay and Debbie, and Michael and Jody and other family members. Uncle John is to me Dolores the last of my Ricci uncles. I remember Uncle John with fond memories. May the Lord give grace and mercy to Uncle John’s family and friends.

Susan Falcetta

Posted at 06:29pm
We were so blessed To have John and Fran Ricci as our neighbors in Manchester years ago. They demonstrated what it means to be a good neighbor. They took our little family under their wings when we moved into our home next door with our 14 month old son. We had no clue how to be home owners but they proved to be wonderful friends and role models, opening their hearts and offering their wise advice and help, if needed.
John’s faith was seen in the way he lived his life and I know that he now sees his loving God face to face to experience eternal peace.
It is with fond affection we say farewell to “Mr. John”, until we meet again.
Our prayers for comfort And consolation go to the entire Ricci family.
Susan and Tony Falcetta

Debbie McVeigh

Posted at 11:51am
We were very sad to hear about the passing of my Uncle John. We still cherish the wonderful memories of the Ricci family get togethers when we were young. Uncle John was always smiling and his easy going personality made him a pleasure to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family; we are thinking about all of you and sorry we can't be there. Debbie and Jack McVeigh

Diane and Ray Lord

Posted at 04:27pm
Uncle John, we love you! Diane and Ray
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