Richard “Dick” Unger of Butler passed away peacefully on April 9, 2022 at the age of 87.
Richard attended Clifton High School and graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute. He began his career at Bendix and then joined Singer Kearfott after serving 2 years in the Army. He held a variety of positions over his 41-year career with Singer Kearfott and retired as a contracts administrator to the Navy.
Richard met his lovely wife Cecile while cruising down Main St in Clifton with friends, and was happily married for 62 years. Richard and Cecile moved to Wayne after their 1st year of marriage and resided there for 30 years before moving to Kinnelon in 1992. They retired to Cape May County in 2002 before returning north to be closer to family when his Parkinson's disease progressed.
After purchasing a travel trailer for his young family, camping became a favorite past-time, providing countless precious memories and a lifelong love of the Jersey Shore.
His handyman skills were legendary and he was known to family and friends as Mr. Fix-it. He taught himself the basics of carpentry, plumbing and electrical and every home he lived in became the beneficiary of these skills. He continued building, repairing and improving into retirement. He finally achieved his lifelong dream of building a "New Yankee Workshop" at his Jersey Shore retirement home.
He was also known for his corny jokes and silly faces, and never met a pie he didn't like.
Richard was predeceased by his parents Robert and Julia, sister Dorothy Ahlen and brother Robert. He is survived by his wife Cecile, his children Mark (Lisa) Unger, Julie (David) Puccia, Janet Unger, as well as four grandchildren - Jessica and Tyler Puccia, and Jack and Cameron Unger. He was also predeceased by his beloved daughter Karen (Matthew) Davis.
A private memorial will be held at a future date, and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (https://www.michaeljfox.org/).
A Memorial Tree was planted for Richard
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at M John Scanlan Funeral Home