Richard A. Pianowski passed away on September 25, 2021. He was a resident of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Ludlow, MA. Born on November 30, 1931 in Amsterdam, NY during the depression, he graduated from Ludlow High School in 1949 and American International College in 1958.
Dick joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and served as an Airman First Class Radar Technician/Operator.
Working nights at New England Telephone while attending college, he married the former Eleanor Beneski of Suffield, CT. Dick and Ellie then moved to Agawam and then Wilbraham. Dick was a lifetime member of the Zeta Chi Fraternity, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Wilbraham Lions Club, Boston Rotary, and the Lago Mar Club. He enjoyed golfing and was an active member at the Elmcrest, Hampden, Ludlow, and Charles River Country Club. He was a member of Christ the King Church in Ludlow, where he sang in the choir with his wife Ellie, brother Frank and sister Willie Ostrowski. The Wilbraham community will also remember him as a terrific basketball coach as well as helping to get the historic “Beer Fest” off the ground.
Richard was the retired president of Network Communication Management (NETCOM) founded in 1969, with locations in Springfield and Boston, implementing communication systems and networks for Poland with Solidarity and many large corporations throughout the country.
Richard will be joining his wife at the Veterans Cemetery overlooking his first home in Agawam, MA with a private military function in the chapel with no other church services per his wishes. The chapel service will be private and limited due to Covid and his request.
Richard was predeceased by his wife (Ellie) of 56 years in 2012; son Steven Pianowski and sister Phyllis Bisikirski and leaving his son Robert, daughter Linda and son-in-law Jim Flahive, brother Frank, sister Wilhelmina Ostrowski, five grandchildren (Kaitlin Bermel, Karli and Christian Pianowski, Emily and Jimmy Flahive) and two great-grandchildren. (Hawkin and Becket Bermel)
Special thanks go out to his beloved friends in Florida, who made his last years on this earth enjoyable.