G. Richard Mahland

The News-Times - - OBITUARIES -

G. Richard (Dick) Mahland, lov­ing hus­band of Michèle Wire­back Mahland, passed away peace­fully at his home sur­rounded by his fam­ily on April 19, 2019.

Dick was born in Brook­lyn, NY on Oc­to­ber 20, 1942, son of the late Ge­orge H. and Sarah Swan­son Mahland. He grad­u­ated from Mepham High School in Bell­more, NY where he dis­tin­guished him­self as a tal­ented foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and base­ball player. Dick grad­u­ated from Franklin and Mar­shall Col­lege with a BA in Eco­nom­ics where he was a lead­ing scorer for the Diplo­mats bas­ket­ball team, and a mem­ber of Phi Sigma Kappa fra­ter­nity and Stewie’s All Stars, an im­prov troupe.

Upon grad­u­a­tion, he served in the U.S. Ma­rine Corps be­fore com­menc­ing a ca­reer de­sign­ing and im­ple­ment­ing cor­po­rate em­ployee ben­e­fits and ex­ec­u­tive com­pen­sa­tion pro­grams with a par­tic­u­lar ex­per­tise in de­fined ben­e­fit and de­fined con­tri­bu­tion plans. A res­i­dent of Ridge­field since 1987, he was a mem­ber of the Ridge­field Men’s Golf Club and the Ital­ian Amer­i­can Mu­tual Aid So­ci­ety. He was a die-hard Mets and Jets fan.

In ad­di­tion to golf, he had been an avid ten­nis player and skier. He was also a skilled car­pen­ter who en­joyed build­ing ev­ery­thing from decks and sand­boxes to desks and ta­bles. While he en­joyed trav­el­ing in Europe, his fa­vorite va­ca­tions were in Cape May, NJ with his fam­ily. His great sense of hu­mor, quick wit, inim­itable story-telling tech­nique and abil­ity to reach out and be­friend peo­ple will be re­mem­bered by all, but it was his love of fam­ily, loy­alty to friends and com­mit­ment to friend­ships that will never be for­got­ten.

He and Michèle cel­e­brated their 50th Wed­ding An­niver­sary at a party hosted by their chil­dren on April 27, 2018. He will be dearly missed by Michèle, his son, Erik, daugh­ter-in-law, Heather, of New York, NY; daugh­ter, Sloane and son-in-law, Ed­ward Dunn of Ar­monk, NY. The four best grand­chil­dren in the world, Ter­rence and Mark Dunn and Grace and Mar­gaux Mahland, will al­ways cher­ish mem­o­ries of their Pa.

Friends are in­vited to a Cel­e­bra­tion of Dick’s Life, which will take place on Satur­day, May 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ris­torante Gallo, 5 Grove Street, Ridge­field. In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety, Con­necti­cut Westch­ester Hud­son Val­ley Chap­ter, 3 Land­mark Square, Suite 330, Stam­ford, CT 06901.

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