Life Story for Richard Gottlick
Richard C. “Dick” Gottlick passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on October 21, 2017. Dick was born December 10, 1928 and was the son of Edward and Evelyn Gottlick. Raised in Westfield, NJ, he graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1946. He graduated from Holy Cross College with a degree in Physics in 1950. Soon after graduating from Holy Cross, Dick was drafted into the US Army and served until 1953. In 1957 he graduated with a Master of Science degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He worked for Johnson and Johnson headquarters as a data processing manager for most of his career in New Brunswick, NJ. Dick ended his career working as a Loaned Executive for United Way where he led the North Jersey Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
During all his years in Westfield, Dick was a committed parishioner and dedicated steward for Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church. He loved the town of Westfield and was an avid supporter of scouting and sports programs. He was pack leader for Holy Trinity Cub Scouts, president of the Westfield Boys Wrestling league and President of the Westfield High School Boosters Club. He was also active with the Lupus Foundation of America, NJ Chapter. As quoted by their president and CEO, “Whatever we needed, he was always there to help.”
Dick married the love of his life, Mary Joan Markey Gottlick, on July 17, 1954. For the first three years of their marriage they lived in Cranford, NJ when two of their children were born. They then moved to South Plainfield where their next four children were born. In 1963 they moved to Westfield. Here, they resided for the remainder of their lives raising nine children. Along with his children, Dick had twenty-two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One is also on the way due in April, 2018. Dick enjoyed painting, golfing, playing poker with his buddies, doing the daily crossword puzzles in pen, long walks in the park with his wife Mary Joan and spending loving time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Dick was predeceased by his loving wife Mary Joan, his son Eugene and parents Edward and Evelyn. He is survived by children Richard (Linda), Jerome, Annmarie Stancato (Vince), Mary Joan Hurley (Vinny), Philip, Laura Iarkowski (Ron), Irene McGrew (Robert), William (Chrisoula) and sisters Patricia and Geraldine. He also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends.
Visitation hours are on Friday, 27 October at Dooley Colonial Funeral Home, 556 Westfield Ave, Westfield, NJ from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The funeral mass celebrating Dick’s life will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on 28 October at 10:00 AM, followed by interment at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in his name to the Lupus Foundation of America, New Jersey Chapter. Website: www.lupusnj.org. Address: PO Box 1184 Springfield NJ, 07081.