LELAND — Richard Joseph Brocchi, 82, of Leland North Carolina, passed away peacefully in NOVANT Medical Hospital on June 5, 2022, after a battle against double pneumonia and a weakened heart. Born in Philadelphia on July 8, 1939, Richard was one of two sons of the late Anthony “Dutch” and Eleanor Brocchi, and the husband of the late Carol Ann Porter Brocchi.
In 1961, Richard graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He devoted much of life to a successful career in the military defense industry. He first began as a civil servant with NAEC (Naval Air Engineering Center). While at NAEC, Richard traveled to St. Louis often to work on support for the F-18 project. On one trip, he met, then dated and married the love of his life: Carol. On other trips, Richard found, and introduced to others, excellent Italian cuisine. His technical and management skills were recognized and he was then recruited by NAVAIR to manage support for the F-14, AV-8B, E-2C and A-6E programs. During this prosperous time, Richard also witnessed one of his greatest dreams, Villanova’s 1985 NCAA National Championship. Richard later joined the Northrup Grumman team in Long Island, NY where he served as a Project Manager who oversaw the IFTE Program from its initial research and development phase to its full battlefield deployment.
Richard had a diverse array of passions including travel, fine dining, entertainment, dancing, and sports. With trips to Paris, Santa Domingo, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Aruba, and the vineyards of California, he and Carol developed a large travel repertoire throughout their marriage. The trip of their lifetime was a tour of Italy, where they enjoyed the local food, wine, and culture of the country. At home, they could be found dining in many kinds of restaurants, whether it be formal, a slice of pizza, or a dinner dance club where he was known to take “his lady” out dancing for the evening. They also kept up with all the current movies and enjoyed afternoon matinees. Richard’s greatest sports passion was following Villanova Basketball and March Madness each year. He even continued to play the game of basketball well into his 70s. Like a true Philadelphian, Richard had a profound love for his Eagles. He often reminisced about watching the football games on Sunday afternoons with his family. He also loved playing golf with his sons and close friends.
Richard and Carol were actively involved in their church, the First Baptist Church of Wilmington. He was an essential member of the Wells Sunday School Class, where he served a term as Class President, Class Deacon, and was active as a Class Communicator and part of the Coffee Committee. He was also active in the Jail Ministry where he biweekly taught bible study. On Tuesdays he partook in the Morning Prayer Group and the Night Feeding Ministry. Every Wednesday he participated in the Night Cross Training. He eagerly journeyed on a mission trip with a group of dedicated members to Guatemala where they built well needed housing, spread the gospel, and gladly gave the clothes off of their backs to the people. When he would reflect back to this mission trip, he would state that it had been the most humbling experience of his lifetime. Their Pastor, Jim Everette has expressed, “We were blessed to have Rich and Carol in our family.”
Richard will be remembered for his selfless acts of love for his wife Carol, his generosity, his laugh, his sneezes, his red wine, his work ethic, his religious dedication, but mostly for the deep and profound love he had for his family and friends.
Richard is survived by his four sons: Brett Blass and his wife Aileen, Mark Blass and his wife Kelly, Craig Brocchi and his wife Gina, Richard Brocchi Jr and his wife Kristi; his four granddaughters: Alexis, Claire, Julia, and Carly; one brother Anthony Brocchi and his wife Diane; one nephew Michael Brocchi and one niece Nicole Brocchi Rinaldi; and numerous cousins.
Memorial services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Wilmington on Friday, August 05, at 1:00 pm.
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