Henry "Harry" William Dieck, 90, of Newtown died peacefully December 30 in his home, in the presence of his loving family. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on November 19, 1927, the loving son of Katherine Rose Grady and Henry William Dieck.
His wife of 61 years, Rita Dempsey Dieck; their seven children and spouses, Jeanine and Robert Fish, Barbara and Donald Zrehigian, Jere and Aicha Dieck, Thomas and Christina Dieck, Katherine and David Wilmoth, Peter Dieck and Jennifer Bruny, and James Dieck; and their 11 grandchildren, Carly, Victoria, Sarah, Julien, Hannah, Dylan, Cole, Alexander, Isabel, Nicholas, and Justina, survive him.
His sisters, Joan Dieck, Katherine Dieck, Dorothy Scully, and Noel Develin; and his brother, Bob Dieck, predeceased him.
Mr Dieck graduated from Iona Preparatory School and subsequently enlisted in the Army. He served in the 38th Infantry Regiment in Camp Carson, Colo. Upon his honorable discharge, he enrolled in the College of Holy Cross, where he was a class agent, member of the Varsity Club, and the swimming team. He was a proud member of the graduating Class of 1951.
He started his investment banking career as an institutional municipal bond salesperson at B.J. Van Ingen & Co. Mr Dieck continued working in municipal bond sales and trading until his retirement in 1998 from Citigroup Investment Banking.
After residing and raising their children in Larchmont, N.Y., for 39 years, where he was an active member of St Augustine Parish, he and Rita retired to Newtown in 2000.
As a member of the St Rose of Lima Parish, Mr Dieck became the head of the job networking group, a seventh grade teacher of the religious education program, and was a devoted member of the Communion Liberation Group. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he loved helping others in the Newtown community.
Mr Dieck's family would like to thank the staff of Vitas, saying they are especially grateful to Megan Pakulski, Roxanne Fernandes, Orlando Rivera, Michael Sawyer, and Jessica Milstein for their compassion in his last days.
Friends may call on Friday, January 5, from 5 to 8 pm, at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 6, at 10:30 am, in St Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vitas Healthcare, 199 Park Road Extension, Middlebury CT 06762.