Richard Raymond Sawicki, 87, of West Redding, died on Jan. 6, 2013 at Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilton.
He was born in Trenton, N.J., in 1925 and grew up in Bridgeport.
He entered the U.S. Army Air Force as an Aviation Cadet in 1943. Following his service in the Army, Mr. Sawicki attended the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill, where he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1952. He began his many years of design, both commercial and residential, at Skidmore Owings & Merrill in New York City. He also worked at Caudill Rowlett Scott in Stamford, and The Ballinger Company in Philadelphia, Pa. He later established his own business based in Redding and focused on designing exclusive homes in Southampton, N.Y. for many decades.
He enjoyed international travel and touring architectural marvels. In his retirement, he was able to pursue another of his life-long passions, designing and building sculpture, which he displayed in and around his home.
Mr. Sawicki was married in 1953 to Mary Power of New Canaan. They raised two daughters, Nina Perry of Tamworth, N.H., and Andrea Neuhaus of New Canaan. After his divorce, Mr. Sawicki married Nancy Einberger of New York City in 1985 and shortly afterward he began work on designing and building the couple’s home in West Redding.
Mr. Sawicki was pre-deceased by his wife, Nancy, by only 10 days. He is survived by his daughters, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A private joint burial service for Dick and Nancy Sawicki will be held in the spring.
Donations may be made to West Redding’s emergency services at West Redding Fire Department, c/o Glenn Johnson, 306 Umpawaug Road, Redding, CT 06896.
The Bouton Funeral Home in Georgetown is in charge of arrangements.
—by the staff