Richard "Dick" J. Rustic

Born: Sun., May 7, 1933
Died: Sun., Jun. 5, 2011

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Richard "Dick" J. Rustic, 78, of Terryville, husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" (Verreault) Rustic passed away Sunday (June 5, 2011) at The Pines of Bristol.

Dick was born May 7, 1933 in Hartford, CT. He was the son of the late Chester Rustic Sr. and Mary (Makula) Rustic and has been a longtime resident of Terryville. He graduated from Bristol Technical School and then worked for New Departure of Bristol for 30 years. After his retirement from New Departure he and his wife Betty owned and operated the Village Package Store in Terryville for 16 years. Dick was a communicant of St. Stanislaus Church, Bristol, former member of the Bristol Fish and Game Club and the Bristol Elks Club. Dick was active in his community, serving on the Commission of the Plymouth Water Treatment Plant, active on the Plymouth Democratic Committee, he was appointed by Ella Grasso as a Justice Of The Peace, Dick was also a very active supporter of Plymouth Food Pantry. He was an umpire and very active with the Babe Ruth League and coached the Bristol Pony League. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, and the girls UCONN Husky Basketball Team. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed his trips to Lake Champlain with his family.

Dick is survived by his sons and daughters -in-law, Richard and Rosemary Rustic of Bristol, Mark and Diane Rustic of Avon; his daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa and Steven Goulette of St. Albans, VT, Diane and Hil Scott of Burlington; his grandchildren, Erica and Jennie Rustic, Daniel Goulette, Richelle Reid and her husband Philip, Danielle and Nicholas Rustic, Robert Storrs, Emily and Richard Scott; his brother and sister-in-law, Chester and Pauline Rustic of Bristol; his uncle, John Makula of Bristol; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom, Connie, Lori, Gertrude and Lou; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday 9:30AM from the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville to St. Stanislaus Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Plymouth Community Food Pantry, 20 Dewey Ave., Terryville, CT 06786 or to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 74 Batterson Park Rd., Farmington, CT 06032

The family would like to thank the staff at The Pines for their loving care and family support.

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Lori Verreault

Melanie and Craig; Janelle, Carlos and the boys; and I are so sorry for your loss. Your father was one of the nicest men we know and we will miss him dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget all the good times we had. Love, Lori

Richard Swierczynski

We are so sorry for your loss. Dick was Scratch's best fishing buddy. We hope you know that even though we are far away Dick and Betty will always be close to our hearts.

Love, Scratch and Sharon



Your fishing partner and loving son

Fisherman's Prayer

God grant that I may live to fish

For another shining day,

But when my final cast is made

I then most humbly pray,

When nestled in your landing net

As I lay peacefully asleep,

You'll smile at me and judge

That I'm "good enough to keep."





Sue Bentivengo

Diane and family, I am so sorry for your loss, may he now rest in peace.

Karen and Althea McLellan

Rick, Mark, Diane and Theresa: We are so sorry for your loss. Dick was a great neighbor, we loved chatting with him about his garden, the flowers, etc. Many days we would talk about a range of subjects. It saddens us that he will no longer be there.

Respectfully, Karen and Althea McLellan

Christine Ives Ploszaj

I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing.I had the pleasure of seeing him last November when we came North. I will always remember the love and care he showed us all as kids.My heart and prayers go out to you all in this time, but rest assured he is at peace now and will be watching over us at your mothers side. My condolences and if we can do anything to help you through this time please feel free to let us know.

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