Richard V. Gatto
1932 - 2020
Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home Ltd.
149 Old Loudon Road
Latham, NY
June 17, 1932 - December 15, 2020

Slingerlands - Richard V. Gatto, 88 of Slingerlands, beloved husband of Marian (Carlson) Gatto entered peacefully into eternal life on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at St. Peter's Hospital, in Albany.

Born in Amsterdam, NY on June 17, 1932, he was the son of the late James and Nancy (Fabozzi) Gatto.
In addition to his wife Marian, Richard is survived by his loving siblings Angela Massey and Robert (Beth) Gatto. Richard also leaves his longtime Colorado friends Dan and Robyn Alsop.

Richard graduated from LaSalle Institute where he met his lifelong friends Bill Diehl and Hyck DerGurahian. At LaSalle, as co-captain, he loved playing varsity basketball. He was known for being a "slick play maker and high scorer" earning him the nick name "Rapid Richard".

Richard served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1952 to 1956, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was stationed in Seoul South Korea, and then Cheyenne, Wyoming. While stationed in Cheyenne, he met and married Marian, his wife of 64 years.

Richard also attended Regis College and Arapaho Community College in Denver, Colorado, where Richard and Marian resided for over 60 years.

He worked in Finance for Triax Communication, U.S. West Financial Services and Bank Western. Given many corporate mergers and acquisition, he worked for a number of corporations before his retirement.

Those who know Richard can count on him for a joke or kind words. He was a sensitive soul who liked to make others smile. He appreciated the important things in life like holding his wife's hand or eating mint chip ice cream.

Richard and Marian recently moved back to the Albany area to be close to family.

Interment with full military honors will be in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. On Tuesday, December 22, at 1:30 pm.

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Published by The Denver Gazette on Dec. 21, 2020.
Saratoga National Cemetery
, Schuylerville, NY
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Marian and family. It is with heartfelt sadness when I heard the news about Dick. Always a pleasure to be around. I am glad I got to know you over the last few months. You will be truly missed.
December 26, 2020
Dick and Marian were good friends to my parents and I will always be grateful for their friendship that spread to me through my folks. I will never know two people more special than Dick and Marian. Dick will be missed and I wish Marian the best. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dianne Lindt
December 20, 2020
I've known Dick since I was a kid, he and Marian were friends of my folks ( mom and Marian are cousins). I remember Dick as a good hearted man and loved kids. Gods speed sir!!!
Rick Linn
December 19, 2020
I’ve known Dick since I was a kid. Marian was a cousin of my moms. Always enjoyed our visits with them in Denver. Dick was good hearted man and a damn handsome one too! Last time I saw them was late 90’s. They were with my folks and they had Jerry with them.
Gods speed sir!!!!
Rick Linn
December 19, 2020
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