Richard A. Pidala Sr., age 84, of Cold Spring, died on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at the Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor, New York.

Born in Queens, New York, on Dec. 2, 1930, he was the son of the late Frank and Antonina (Ricevuto) Pidala.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary A. (Giachinta) Pidala in 2006.

Pidala was an owner and operator of the former S & A Togs in Cold Spring. After his retirement he went on to work as a bookkeeper for Pidala Oil Company in Cold Spring for 20 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Loretto Council #536 of the Knights of Columbus and parishioner of Our Lady of Loretto Church, where he served as an usher for many years.

He is survived by four sons, Richard and Debbie Pidala Jr. of Cold Spring, James and Shelly Pidala of Cold Spring, Andrew and Donna Pidala of Garrison, and Mark Pidala of Cold Spring; one brother, Anthony Pidala of Queens; and six grandchildren, Richard III, Dominic Earl, James Jr., Christopher, Nicole and Katelyn Pidala.

Predeceasing him were three brothers, Salvatore, Frank and Joseph Pidala, and two sisters Rosie Cestaro and Mary Petrillo.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 24 Fair St., Cold Spring, followed by interment in Cold Spring Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the Clinton Funeral Home, at the corner of Parrott and Pine Streets (21 Parrott St.) in Cold Spring on Friday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Clinton Funeral Home in Cold Spring.

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  1. Ritchie, as we called him at the Cold Spring Friendship Center, was one of the kindest, soft-spoken gentlemen we all had the privilege of knowing. He will be truly missed by all of us.

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