82 Fairview Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Phone: 203-729-4334
Fax: 203-729-4336
Richard Mangan

Richard F. Mangan

Monday, August 3rd, 1925 - Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
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Obituary

Naugatuck - Richard Mangan, (94), peacefully departed this life on August 28, 2019. Richard was a devout husband and father, a loving grandfather, a good friend, and a proud WWII veteran.

Richard was born on August 3, 1925 in New Haven, CT to the late Edward William Mangan and Elizabeth Cummings Mangan. He was predeceased by his wife, Madeline Gargonia, his brother, Edward, and sister, Rose Mangan Jackson. He is survived by his two sons, Richard Mangan and daughter-in-law, Monica, of Tucson, AZ and Robert Mangan and daughter-in-law, Nancy, of Glastonbury, CT. Richard was a loving grandfather to his five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Richard had fond memories of his youth growing up in New Haven. He enjoyed ice skating at the local pond, working as a caddy at Yale and taking the trolley to Savin Rock on Saturday nights. He attended Hillhouse High School and then volunteered to join the Army in 1944.

He entered the war, landing on Utah Beach on August 3rd, with the 80th Infantry Division. He was awarded several medals including two Purple Hearts for being wounded in action while serving in France. He also received two bronze stars for saving troops while under enemy fire. Later that November on Thanksgiving Day, his patrol was ambushed and held up in a farmhouse barn. After helping fellow troops escape into the woods he was then wounded himself and captured. He received triage in a local schoolhouse and then transported by train to a hospital in Wisner, Germany. He was then sent to a German POW camp where he remained until the war ended. He was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal.

After the war, Richard married Madeline Gargonia from Naugatuck where they built a home and raised a family. They celebrated their loving marriage of 50 years before her passing in 1998.

Richard worked many years in manufacturing at Uniroyal, Inc. After retiring, he worked part time at the Board of Education in Naugatuck where he had fond memories of the friendships he established. Richard was an avid gardener and spent many hours growing plants from seed and enjoying his flowers and fruits and vegetables that Madeline then preserved for family meals. He was an avid Red Sox and Boston Bruins fan along with his love for classic movies

Richard enjoyed the last few years of his life at the Atria Greenridge Assisted Living in Rocky Hill where he felt embraced as a member of their community. He was a kind and gentle man who appreciated all that God provided for him in life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church Street, Naugatuck. Burial with military honors will follow in St. James Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck. Calling hour will be from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck prior to Mass.

To honor Richard’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to MARC Community Resources online at https://www.marccommunityresources.org/annual-appeal
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 | 9:15am - 10:15am
    When
    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
    Location
    Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home
    Address
    82 Fairview Avenue
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Francis of Assisi Church
    Address
    318 Church Street
    Naugatuck, CT 06770
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    Officiant
    The Rev. John Kuzhikottayil
  • Interment

    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 |
    When
    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019
    Location
    St. James Cemetery
    Address
    Cross Street
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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Donations are being accepted for: MARC COMMUNITY RESOURCES LTD (MCR).

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Howard Eddy

Posted at 08:02pm
Bob and Nancy (and family)...I was sad to read that your Dad had recently passed. Feel comfort in knowing that he will always just be a thought away and the fond memories you both have of him most certainly will help in healing during this time of sorrow.
Your old friend,
Howard Eddy
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Marc Mayer & Family

Posted at 07:56am
The Mangan Family - Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Brian and Alexis Feldman

Posted at 07:38am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. May you find peace as you celebrate the long life lived.

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Sending our love! Mike and Karen Painter

Posted at 07:28am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. You will have great memories of your father and grandfather forever.
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Evelyn Gobstein

Posted at 03:00pm
I had the pleasure of working with Dick when I was principal of Cross Street School. He worked hard, did anything I asked of him. But what I remember most about him was his consistently positive outlook, his humble nature, his twinkling eyes, and his warm big smile. He was such a gentlemen. RIP Dick.
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