Richard A. Pianowski

November 30, 1931 - September 25, 2021
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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.


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Born: November 30, 1931
September 3, 1956
September 6, 1956
Air Force
Air Force
June 30, 2018
Dad with Jimmy & Christian
Dad with Jimmy & Christian
May 1, 2015
3 generations of Pianowskis and my husband Michael at the Lago Mar in Ft. Lauderdale
3 generations of Pianowskis and my husband Michael at the Lago Mar in Ft. Lauderdale
Died: September 25, 2021

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JoAnn Lemieux posted on 10/16/21

So sad to hear of your Father's passing, Bob. You looked just like him in your parent's wedding photo. JoAnn Lemieux


Kaitlin Bermel posted on 10/12/21

(Christmas time in Wilbraham when I was a little girl) Decorating the tree while while Frank Sintra played, laughter filled the air and cigar smoke drifted throughout the living room, Karli and I watching old animated Christmas movies with Daddy on the couch, helping Grandma Ellie in the kitchen and laughing until tears rolled down our cheeks, excitedly awaiting Uncle Bob and Aunt Linda to come through the front door before Christmas dinner... These are just a few of the things I will remember fondly and I will miss you fiercely. Love Always, Your First Grandchild, Kaitlin


John S.Dryjowicz posted on 10/9/21

We will miss seeing him at Breakfast from time to time and his very interesting commentary.


Linda posted on 10/9/21

In memory of Richard A. Pianowski, Linda lit a candle


Holly Dorsey posted on 10/9/21

To the family. Sorry for the loss of your dad. Him and my dad were friends. And me and his kids are friends especially his loving daughter Linda we always have fun together just like our dads I’m sure. Thinking of you. Love you Linda. Holly Menard Dorsey and family.


Billy Kissel posted on 10/9/21

Linda and Bobby Sorry about your Dad , a wonderful man always nice to me ! I am sure he is at peace playing golf with Steve!!! Love Billy Kissel