Richard E. Kalnins, Sr., 89, of Ridgefield, beloved husband of Ilga (Lapins) Kalnins, died peacefully in the presence of his family on Saturday, August 24th at Danbury Hospital. He was born in Riga, Latvia on February 15, 1924, son of the late Edward and Marija (Silin) Kalnins.
Richard was an industrious man who immigrated to the United States from Latvia at the age of 27. His determination and strong work ethic allowed him to retire as an Executive Vice President of F.D. Rich Co, a construction and development company in Stamford.
He was a talented craftsman who built his own home, with stonewalls and patios surrounding his wife’s beautiful gardens.
Upon retirement he became an avid stamp collector. He enjoyed collecting and dealing stamps at various stamp shows, along with his beloved wife.
In addition to his cherished wife of 67 years, Ilga, he will be sadly missed by his two daughters, Antra Borofsky and her husband, Richard of Cambridge, MA, and Mara Johnson and her husband, Garry of Madison, NJ; his son, Richard E. Kalnins, Jr. and his wife, Siobhan of Watertown; his seven grandchildren, Nadine Mazzola, Larissa Borofsky, Rachel and Emily Johnson, Ryan, Grace and Ellen Kalnins.
He was predeceased by his sister, Edite Helffrich.Funeral Information
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at the Cornell Memorial Home on Monday, August 26th at 7:30pm.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening between the hours of 6:30 and 7:30pm. Cremation and interment will take place at the convenience of the family.