Richard Joseph Parrett, 86, of Naples, FL., previously of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Vitas Hospice in Naples, FL. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to the late Ruth Anton Parrett. Father of Richard J. Parrett, Jr and wife Kathleen of Guilford, Catherine Parrett of Naples, FL and Linda Parrett Langan and husband James of North Haven. Grandfather of Jennifer Langan of Milford and Stephanie Langan of North Haven. Also survived by a step grandchild Danielle Paradis of Osterville, MA, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother William V. Coughlin and a sister Rita Bohan. Dick was born in New Haven on February 5, 1932 and was the son of the late William V. and Lillian Bull Coughlin, Sr. He served proudly in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After returning to the states he received his Baccalaureate degree from the University of Connecticut (with Honors and Distinction in Government), 1958 and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University (Phi Alpha Delta) 1960. Dick was a Special Assistant for the United States Attorney, Washington D.C. in 1960. He established a law practice that would soon become an important part of the greater New Haven community. Attorney Parrett’s years of experience have provided him the opportunity to practice law in a multitude of areas. Although his career as an attorney has kept him busy, he has always found time to contribute his expertise and skills to the community in a variety of ways. Dick served as First Selectman for the Town of North Haven 1969 – 1971, was a Commander in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1974-1987, was a member and past president of the North Haven Lions Club, member of the John Barry Assembly, Knights of Columbus (4th Degree), past Toastmaster and member of the Mayflower Society of North Haven, 25 year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, life member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans, Chairman of the North Haven Tercentenary Celebration, member of The Dispute Resolution Board Foundation , was a member and served on the Panel of Arbitrators, Better Business Bureau, a member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section; State Law-Day Chairman, Bar Associations, Chairman of the North Haven Housing Authority, and was a Justice of the Peace. Dick was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the North Haven Jaycees.
Family and friends may call at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Monday from 5 to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Hamden on Tuesday morning at 10:00. Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Haven, Inc., 89 Mill Road, North Haven, CT 06473.