Rich was the son of the late, former Commissioner of Housing and State Central member, Richard M. Cianci, Sr - and was himself a candidate for the 81st assembly district in 2006
Richard Mario Cianci Jr., 33, of Southington, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 25, 2010.
Born in New Britain, he was a Southington resident most of his life.
He was formerly employed as a Police Officer in Beacon Falls and West Hartford and was currently employed as a medical sales representative for KCI.
Surviving are his mother, Gail Cianci-Hageman and her husband Doug of Southington; a sister, Christina Anderson and her husband Christopher of Southington; his grandparents, Nicholas and Maud Cianci of Vero Beach, FL, Roy and Grace Wennberg of Kensington; his great-grandmother, Greta Wennberg of Farmington; his nephew, Brian Anderson; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father, Richard M. Cianci Sr.
He was the son of Gail Wennberg Cianci-Hageman and Richard Mario Cianci, Sr. A Southington resident most of his life, he graduated from Mooreland Hill School, Southington High School and attended Bryant College and The University of New Haven. Following college he decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. He was employed as a police officer in Beacon Falls and West Hartford. While in the line of duty he sustained a back injury, which ended his career in law enforcement and left him in a condition of chronic pain. He was presently employed as a medical sales representative for KCI-Therapeutic Support Systems.
Richard was always very polite, well-spoken, and impeccably groomed. He had an industrious nature. When he was 11 years-old, at his own initiative, undertook a paper route and continued it until he graduated from high school. As a teenager, he started his own lawn mowing business. He always excelled at work. Richard had a great love of animals and was devoted to his pets. In 2002 he married Christy O’Connor and the two of them remained close friends, even until the day of his death.
In recent years, Richard had gone through difficult times. The death of his father was a blow from which he never really recovered. Those who knew Richard best will remember him for his bright smile, his fun-loving spirit and practical jokes, his helpful nature, and his love for all of God’s living creatures.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin.
Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain; with a reception following (around 12:30 - 1:00) at the church.
Visitation will be held on Friday morning from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, 411 So. Main St., New Britain.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross for the victims of the Haiti earthquake or to Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., Berlin, CT 06037.
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