Richard P. Gladchuk passed away on Saturday May 7, 2022 after a brief and fierce illness. He was surrounded by his loving family and went peacefully onto the next chapter of his life in accordance with his wishes.
Born August 27, 1958 in Bristol, CT, Richard was the son of Philip Gladchuk and Barbara (Caouette) Gladchuk. He graduated from St. Paul Catholic High School Class of 1976 and went on to get his Bachelors Degree in Accounting at Quinnipiac University.
Richard was previously married to June (Somers) Gladchuk who predeceased him.
Richard went on to find the love of his life, Teresa, on a blind date set up by his very own sister, Lynda. Their first date was August 23rd, 2000, and he asked Teresa to marry him on September 30th, 2000. On March 2nd, 2001 (3-2-1) the following year, they were married. They had just celebrated their 21st anniversary this past March.
Richard was a great son, calling his parents daily - and sometimes twice a day - and visiting them frequently. He loved taking them on trips, playing cards, and enjoyed being with them.
Richard was a Loyal Order of the Moose member since 1989. His current lodge is Palm Bay Lodge #2311 where he was a past officer - with the last office held as Treasurer. He was also a proud and active member of the "Oh My Gosh Club" that was part of the Palm Bay Lodge. In addition, Richard was a VFW Auxiliary Member- currently at VFW Post 4536 in Melbourne. He also served as Auxiliary President of VFW Melbourne Post # 4206 during the 2020-2021 year. In addition, Richard was a member of the American Legion SAL (Sons of the American Legion) - curretly at Post #81 in Melbourne, and he was a member of I.O.O.B. - The International Order of Old Bastards.
In addition to his wife Teresa (Guile) Gladchuk, Richard is survived by his parents, Philip and Barbara Gladchuk.
He is also survived by his three sisters - Brenda (Don) Gorman, Lynda Alexander, and Sandra Gladchuk, all of the Melbourne area. Richard is also survived by his nephew C-Jai, a stepson Philip (Kristen) Wiker; and four grandchildren- Duran Wiker, Yasmin Wiker, Vaughn Wiker, and Starla Wiker.
Per his wishes, Richard will be cremated,- so there will be no viewing. There will be a service on May 21st, at 12 noon at Ammen Family Funeral Care - 950 Malabar Road SE, Palm Bay, Florida 32907. Immediatedly following the services at Ammen, a Celebration of Life will be held at Palm Bay Moose Lodge #2311 at 1346 Malabar Road, Palm Bay, Florida.
Because Richard lived, loved and had fun and enjoyed life, he always wanted us to celebrate if he died, not because of it. And while we are all shocked and saddened by his death- please remember the beautiful, big smile of his, his generous heart and his fun antics. And please join us to celebrate - and share your favorite fond memories of Richard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen - to help end Breast Cancer, or Moose Heart/Moose Haven Endowment Fund or charity of your choice.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care - Palm Bay