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Age: 65
Year of Death: 2019

Richard J. Tanagretta

Richard John “Ricky” Tanagretta, age 65, passed in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family, on September 24, 2019. He passed as a result of injuries and illnesses sustained while operating at Manhattan Box 8087 on September 11, 2001, while working the “greatest job in the world” with the FDNY.

Born November 19, 1953, to parents Antonio Tanagretta and Mary Pullano, he was the youngest of four siblings.

He was married to the love of his life, Doreen Tanagretta (nee Merz), with whom he shared more than 40 years of life.

Richard worked as a FDNY Firefighter for 26 years. He was also an instructor for the New York State and Orange County Fire Academies, mentoring many generations of first responders. He was a past chief of the Pine Bush Volunteer Fire Department, where he was a member for 27 years, touching the lives of many.

In the little free time he had, you could find him welding gadgets in his garage or riding down the road on his fire engine red Harley Davidson, wind blowing in his handlebar mustache. He was a member of the New York City Fire Riders, who spent their free time supporting and helping others.

Richard was a loving son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, mentor, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Doreen Tanagretta; his four children, Anthony (partner Anna Schwartz), Michael (partner Patty Padilla), Lisa (wife Chelsea Tanagretta), and Christina (husband Kevin Gilmour); his four grandchildren, Mason, Aubrey, Julianna, and Alyssa; and his sisters, Maryann and Carol. He was predeceased by his brother, John.

He was remembered for his resilience and strength. We will all miss his humor, sarcasm, and love.

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  1. Grandpa, I miss you

    – Mason