Richard O. Martin

9/17/2017

Richard O. Martin, 74, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  Born in Teaneck, NJ and raised in Ridgewood, he settled in Paramus in 1971.    He served as a masonry apprentice from 1962-1966 and became a union foreman before being drafted into the U.S. Army in July of 1967, 

Arriving in South Vietnam later that year, he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division and volunteered to be assigned to the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Company attached to the division.  A graduate of the 5th Special Forces MACV Recondo School, Richard was wounded by AK-47 fire during a mission outside Saigon and was flown to Japan and eventually to the U.S. for the remainder of his recovery and to complete his service.  His gallant service, earned him two Purple Hearts, Bronze Star Medal, CIB, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and other decorations to include, would you believe, the Good Conduct Medal.

In 1971, he married Barbara (Tagliaferro) and they welcomed sons Daniel Richard in 1974, Shawn Richard in 1976 and Michael Richard in 1978, After retiring from construction in January 1988, he earned an Associate’s degree from Bergen Community College and attended Montclair State University.

An active member of his community, he served as Chapter Finance Officer for the Military Order of the Purple Heart #522, member of the Advisory Board of NJ Veterans Home at Paramus, Bergen County Veterans Advisory Council, Disabled American Veterans Chapter #32, 75th Ranger Regiment Association, Board of Directors of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #800 and Mensa International Ltd.

In addition to his wife and sons, he is survived by daughter-in-law Carolyn, grandsons Jake and Luke and sister Theresa Romeo and husband Charles.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 PM at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home Inc., 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 (201)797-3500.  A Funeral Mass is planned for Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:30 AM at Our Lady of the Visitation RC Church, 234 N. Farview Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652.  Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. 

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Dear Barbara, Words can't express how I feel about Richie's passing, I'm so so sorry to hear this. Rich served his country with honor and I was proud to know him. I loved his humor, I can see him smile, knowing a zinger is on its way! God Bless you Rich and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rich is what a true American really is... someone to look up too, which I always did. God Bless! Al Peterson
Al Peterson
9/25/2017
Dear Barbara and family, there are no words that can take the pain away from what you are going through now, but just know that you have many friends that will help you through this difficult time. I know what you are going through and can only say it will take time but he is at peace. Hugs and Prayers,
Eileen Gagnon
9/19/2017
Dear Barbara my heart goes out to you for the loss of Richard. I am here for you and know that your in my thoughts and praryers
Suzanne Paletta
9/19/2017
Dear Barbara Frank and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with you Lynn & Frank Hoeffner
Lynn Hoeffner
9/18/2017
Dear Barbara So sorry for your loss. Wish I could be there but know that you are in my heart. Our deepest sympathy to our and your sons and grandsons. Laraine and Bob Geschine
Laraine Geschine
9/18/2017
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