A sad announcement about the death of Richard D. Tietjen, who was a very active citizen of Old Saybrook, a member of the Old Saybrook Democratic Town Committee for many years, and a passionate believer in social causes. Dick always had a twinkle in his eyes, a ready laugh and a good story to share.
Dick’s obituary copied below, appeared in the Hartford Courant.
“Richard Doremus Tietjen, born October 6, 1922, died in Hospice on June 23, 2016 following a brief illness. He was a 53-year resident of Old Saybrook. Dick believed in good citizenship and his dedication to the community was full of humor and passion. Dick was born and raised in Plainfield, NJ along with sisters Peggy, and Priscilla, who survives him. He dreamed of flying and, in WWll, became a naval aviator in the South Pacific. He was a hero at 22. After the war, he went to Amherst College and studied government and languages, and later met Louise McElroy, whom he married in 1950. The couple raised three children, Richard, Ramsey, and Sarah. Dick was a textbook salesman and Louise a librarian. Together they traveled the world, and engaged in many local causes from the Civil Rights Council to the Conservation Commission, on which Dick served for thirty years. In addition to raising three children Dick and Louise hosted foreign exchange students and kids from the inner city. Five beautiful grandchildren came during their retirement, bringing endless joy. Dick was a life-long learner who read voraciously. He loved music, good food, making wine, and flew gliders into his ninth decade. His happiest times were spent in the company of others talking, laughing, and singing. A memorial service will be held at the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society on 297 Boston Post Road, in Madison CT, 06443, on Saturday, July, 30, at 11:00. ”