Richard Decker, Class of 1966

Rich was born on July 23, 1948 to Walter and Margaret Decker.  He has a sister, Carol Ashton, and two brothers, Robert (Farrell ’69) and Thomas.  A native Staten Islander, Rich attended St. Mary’s of the Assumption grammar school, graduating in 1962.  He went on to attend Monsignor Farrell High School where he played basketball - including three years on the varsity. He graduated from The College of Staten Island with a B.S. in economics. 

He was drafted to serve in the United States Army in 1968 and was sent to Vietnam where he served in the 101st Airborne Division. Rich was then discharged, returned home and married Susan Gallagher in 1971. They had three children, Deborah, Kathleen and Daniel.  He worked as a manager for the United States Postal Service for 35 years. 

Rich played sandlot baseball and touch tackle for many years and had also coached various levels of baseball and basketball.  He was also actively involved in the Blessed Sacrament Titan League, where he held many different positions, including President.  Rich was also the Commander of the Lodge Pignata American Legion Post, where he is life member.

Rich continued his dedication to Monsignor Farrell High School by assuming the role of “Class Rep” for the Class of 1966.  For the past 39 years, he has coordinated a high school reunion every five years.  In addition to the reunion, he has organized numerous backyard parties and golf outings for his Farrell '66 classmates.  He also started the Jimmy Re Golf Club in 1988.  It has grown to over 100 members for its annual trip to Ocean City, MD.  One-third of the membership are Farrell ‘66 graduates.  Rich had six beautiful grandchildren:  two grandsons, Ryan and Timothy, and four granddaughters, Kelly, Mary-Kate, Emily and Grace.  

Rich passed away on Saturday, July 2 2016.

 

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