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Age: 43
Year of Death: 2018

Richard E. Tomlins Jr.

Richard Tomlins Jr., 43, of Cold Spring, died February 15, 2018.

He was born February 12, 1975, in Cold Spring, the son of Donna Steltz (Clarke).

Richie was a lifelong jokester, a 25-year member of the Cold Spring Fire Company, a member of Local 137 of the International Union Operating Engineers, and an employee of the Putnam County Highway Department. He was avid fan of the Yankees, Giants, and Notre Dame football.

Always entertaining, Richie never missed an opportunity to make a joke at the expense of himself or others, and he was the ultimate deliverer of one-liners. He was a proud father, loving and caring friend, companion, and relative who will be greatly missed but remembered every day.

He is survived by his daughter, Sophie Tomlins; his mother, Donna Steltz (Dave); his sister, Heather Browne (Kevin); and his brother, Matthew Steltz (Kerrie). He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Matthew Richard Browne, Winter Steltz, Jax Steltz, and Carter Browne.

Richie was taken from us too soon. We think of him often and speak of him daily. We will always remember his bright smile and his laughter. His memory will live on forever with everyone who loved him.

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  1. Love and miss you Richie ♥️♥️♥️

    – Melissa
  2. Rich while I didn’t know you personally I know so much about you from your sister which only makes me wish I had gotten the chance to know you.. RIP brother. We got it from here. We will watch out for the family

    – Cindy Anzovino
  3. You were one of the best Richie! Your Smile lit up the room. Always laughing and joking. You are forever loved and very missed by all who knew you. A true hero. Gone but never forgotten! Love ya Richie!! See ya on the other side one day friend

    – Correna Pidala
  4. We miss seeing you standing by the Cold Spring Fire Company. Thank you so much for your devoted service. We can still see you marching in the parades. You will never be forgotten. RIP Richie!

    – Cheryl
  5. Uncle Richie, I miss you lots. Love you ❤️

    – Matthew