Let me tell you about the life of Richard P (Rich) Banach who crashed out of this world on June 9, 2022. Last residing in the Lutz/Land O Lakes, FL area, he was originally from Plainville, CT.
Rich charted his own course in life, proving that the traditional path to success was not the only path, in spite of advice to the contrary. He developed his own innate talents, substituting exquisite works of craftsmanship for diplomas and degrees. Rich was a superb craftsman with very high standards. He could look at anything and figure it out, build it, repair it or if it had one little flaw in it he’d throw it out and start again. He was a skilled machinist, having worked many decades without ever needing a resume. Companies sought him out for the quality of his work. He ran his own carpentry and furniture business and his repairs and reproduction of antique furniture were extraordinary.
Rich loved fast! Fast cars, fast boats, fast music. He loved his many years boating on the Connecticut River and with the Hartford Yacht Club where he formed great friendships. His Corvettes were his prize possession and he loved tinkering with them to make them better.
Rich loved to be around good friends and family. He loved to laugh and make sarcastic remarks, something his daughter inherited.
Rich is survived by Karin (Erickson) his supportive wife and travel partner of 43 years, his verbal sparring partner and daughter Elyse, his brother Robert Banach (Patricia) of Somers, CT, his sister Barbara Graff (Alan) of Plainville, CT. Brother-in-law Donald Erickson (Darlene) of South Carolina. Nieces Meghan Banach Bergin (MA) Kathleen Banach (Chris Austin) (NY), Kristine Sega (Erickson) (Brian) (GA), Nephews Michael Graff (Steve Brown) (CT), Matthew Graff (CT), Michael Banach (Rebecca Crockett) (MA), Alexander Graff (CT) and great-nephews Lincoln and Weston Graff and great-niece Lois Mae Austin. He will be missed by his furry grandson and buddy Casanova, as well as many much-loved extended relatives and fantastic neighbors and friends.
A celebration of life will be held on July 17, 2022 in Plainville CT. Please contact a family member for information.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association phassociation.org or any charity in need. Richard had a caring heart.