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Richard J. Fricke



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Richard J. Fricke, Esq, died peacefully surrounded by family on July 19, 2022, in Ithaca, N.Y. He was born the son of Richard I. Fricke and Jeanne Hines Fricke in Ithaca, N.Y., on April 17, 1945.

He graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in government in 1967 and a J.D. in 1970. He was inducted into the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame for Men’s Lacrosse and Sprint Football. He moved to Connecticut in 1970, where he served as a general counsel in Ridgefield and Wilton before returning to Ithaca upon his retirement in 2010. While in Ridgefield, he served as town attorney from 1973 to 1981.

He was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his six children: Laura Main and her husband, Douglas T., of Newtown, Conn.; Richard. L. Fricke and his wife, Jennifer, of Fairfield, Conn; Amanda Bomann and her husband, John, of New Canaan, Conn.; and Stephanie Fricke and her wife Kelly, Matthew Fricke, and Tyler Fricke, all of Freeville, N.Y.; as well as eight grandchildren: Douglas R., Morgan, Charlotte, R.J., Oliver, Grace, Lucy, and Ben; three siblings: Diane Ely, Kathryn Blanton, and David Fricke; and six nieces and three nephews.

Graveside services will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Ithaca, N.Y., at 10 am on July 25, 2022. A celebration of his life will be held in Ithaca in the fall.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bangs Funeral Home, Ithaca, N.Y. Online condolences may be made to family at bangsfuneralhome.com.

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