Richard E. Raaflaub, Sr. of Mattydale, passed away peacefully on Friday from a short illness. He was born on December 11, 1936. He was affectionately known as “The Dickster”. Richard was a retired school teacher of 35 years from West Genesee Central School District, and a Professional Photographer. Richard was a member of St. Margaret’s Church and the Woodworkers Club. He enjoyed his camp on Sand Bay, fishing, boating on the St. Lawrence River and his Manhattans.
Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Elfriede Sum; two children, Richard, Jr. (Jean McLean), Dawn Paciorek; and three grandchildren, Samantha Raaflaub, Corey Raaflaub and Melanie Paciorek.
He was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Jean.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at New Comer Cremations & Funerals, N. Syracuse, with services to follow. Burial will take place at White Chapel Memory Gardens, DeWitt.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Mattydale Fire Department.
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