Richard (Dick) Poletunow
July 22, 1946 - July 08, 2018
Visitation: Sunday 4-8 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home, North Hills
Service: Monday 10 a.m. in St. Athanasius Church
Richard John Poletunow of Cromwell, CT passed away at home on July 8, 2018. He was born July 22, 1946 in Tarentum, PA. Originally from Pirate (Buccos) and Steelers territory of Pennsylvania, Dick remained a lifelong fan. Besides sports, Dick was energized by writing and teaching. Despite his recent retirement from his position of Assistant Professor at St Vincent College he continued to serve as an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College. Well loved by his students, he was also an effective counseling therapist with a special interest in helping children and their families.
Among his many activities, he was a foster parent, taught religious formation class and coached basketball. Dick had a gift for making friends across a vast network of social and business interactions. He was known and valued for his sharp, creative intellect that often provided a fresh and thought provoking insight on many issues. He will be greatly missed for his gentle humor, wisdom and caring heart by a broad range of friends, colleagues and students including extended family- Vanessa, Polly and TJ Weber, Marianne Blanko & Ramona Zaha; sisters: Sandy (Jim) DiCostanzo, Regina (Victor) Boerio and brother Mark (Margalita) Poletunow as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents John & Anne Poletunow.
Visitation at Devlin Funeral Home 806 Perry Hwy. Ross Twp Sunday, July 15 4-8pm; Mass of Christian Burial-St. Athanaius Church-7 Chalfonte Ave West View Monday10am. In lieu of flowers, family suggests a donation to Pirate Charities 115 Federal St. Pgh PA 15222 or Malvern Retreat Ctr. 315 S Warren Ave Malvern, PA 19355.