WILMINGTON — Richard A. “Rich” LaBurt, 86, peacefully passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021, at home in the care of hospice with his loving wife, Carol by his side.
Rich was born March 1, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late William J. LaBurt and Johanna Lutz LaBurt. He spent his childhood in Tuxedo, New York, where he graduated high school in 1953 and joined the U.S. Navy at the end of the Korean War. He often spoke of his travels with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Windlass, which included ports in Greece, Italy and Northern Africa.
After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, he began his long career in information technology for the Avon Corporation in New York City, where he worked from 1957 to 1974.
He then joined Thomas & Betts Corp. in Bridgewater, New Jersey, as a senior systems analyst, retiring in 1992. After his retirement, he and Carol moved to Wilmington, where he enjoyed playing golf, traveling, sunrises on the beach and the companionship of his four-legged friends, Cassie and Lacy.
Along with his parents, Rich was preceded in death by his three older brothers, William, Robert and Manley; nephew, Bill, who he considered to be his fourth brother; as well as his niece, Lindsay LoFrisco.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Carol; son, Mark, and his wife, Valerie; and three grandchildren, Tom, (Wei) Ben, (Brittany) and Krisanne. He is also survived by a new great-granddaughter, Avery, who he unfortunately never had the chance to meet; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Lower Cape Fear Lifecare, especially Beth Burgess, R.N.; as well as Josezell Smith from Comfort Keepers for their kindness, support and blessings over the past several months.
Per his request, there will be no memorial service. With family and friends scattered across the country, it was his wish that they remember good times that they shared together and that it brings a smile to their face. Committal of his ashes at sea by the U.S. Navy will be completed at a later date.
“At some point, willed cheerfulness fails. When strength fails, then perseverance. When perseverance fails, then hope. When hope fails, there is love and love never fails.”
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