Richard H. Pickett, Jr.

  • Born: June 11, 1929
  • Died: January 11, 2019
  • Location: Avalon, New Jersey

Radzieta Funeral Home

9 Hand Avenue
P.O. Box 37
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Tel. (609) 465-7458

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard H. Pickett, Jr., 89 - of Avalon, NJ passed away in the comfort of his home on Jan 11, 2019. He was born in Waterbury, CT to the late Richard Pickett, Sr and Evelyn (Thompson) Pickett. He was a graduate of Francis Xavier Elementary School and Crosby High School in Waterbury, CT. Richard enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1948 achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer and retiring in June 1968. He served as an Aircrewman in several Airborne Early Warning Squadrons during his 20 year Navy career. He was most proud to have been a member of the Navy's distinguished Hurricane Hunters Squadron VW-4 from 1963 to 1966 while serving in Puerto Rico and Florida. After his Navy retirement, Richard was employed as a Senior Logistician for the Naval Air Engineering Center in Philadelphia, Pa. and later in Lakehurst, NJ. He retired from that employ in 1985 and re-located to Avalon, NJ. During his retirement there he was an avid golfer, reader and lifetime baseball fan.
He is predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Norma (Felix) Pickett and his two sisters, Shirley(Jim)Sheridan and Merryl (Edward) Harty. He is survived by his children: Donna (Pickett) Platco of Palmerton, PA, Richard (Janet) Pickett, III of Toms River, NJ and Timothy Pickett of Lake in the Hills, IL. In addition, he is survived by a niece Sheila (Bill) Horrigan of Waterbury, CT and his grandchildren: Jamie (Frank) Trimbur, Jared (Kelly) Nyce, and Jeffrey Gonnello along with three great-grandsons: Connor, Hunter and Maddox.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's name to The Salvation Army (NJ Division) online at: "" or to the Cape May County Animal Shelter, 4 Moore Road - DN 501B, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at St Brendan the Navigator, Maris Stella Church, 5012 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 10:00 am Visitation, 11:00 am Mass. Interment will be at the Cape May County Veteran's Cemetery, 127 Crest Haven Rd, Cape May Court House, NJ.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My sincere sympathy. On the loss of Richard Pickett as the days and weeks pass, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends, May God, the hearer of prayers comfort and strengthen the family.Psalms 119: 76.

Posted by A friend   May 30, 2019

To Donna, Dick & Tim: It was sad to hear of your father passing, I will miss the letters & notes he use to send to me with updates of what was going on in his life and the family. Your mother use to write me and upon her passing I thought the correspondence would stop but your father dropped a line to say keep writing and I'll write back and we both did. I will really miss him as he and your mother were very special. I have fond memories of the family and the shore that I often think about and of course those great steaks he cooked on the grill. May the the great memories and times spent with your parents fill your loss when you think back of moments in life. I was glade I to have known them. Please keep in touch as I often think of all you and how you are doing. Sincerely Scott

Posted by Scott Medlin - FL - Family Friend   January 27, 2019

I just found out today about Mr. Pickett's passing. I'm so sorry to have missed the funeral. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed seeing him at Maris Stella every Saturday night mass in the summer and our conversations when I stopped by to say hi. We will miss him. I apologize for not sending a mass card but I do not have any of your addresses.

Mary Beth Stefanowicz

Posted by Mary Beth Stefanowicz - Avalon, NJ - Neighbor   January 24, 2019

I have enjoyed all our talks on baseball and the Navy. It has been an honor to stand by you as a Red Sox Fan! I always said you were one of the smartest men I have ever known. Every time I see your picture when you were younger I always think of Frank Sinatra - Old Blue Eyes. Thank you for always being on my side and understanding how hard it can be to grow up to be a Man. I will always always remember how we laughed at me throwing up so many times that one Christmas- I was seven and I was nervous that Santa Would not know i was in Avalon! Thank you - Love Jeffrey,

Posted by rich pickett - toms river, NJ - Grandchild   January 24, 2019

Grandpa, you will forever hold a very special place in my heart. I will greatly miss our summers together and our weekly Thursday evening chats on my way home from work.

You and Nonn were two of the greatest influences on my life. The memories we shared from trips to the naval base, tagging alongside you on the golf course, to playing cribbage & Acey Deucey, reading the Lockhorns, watching you win a Macarena contest at the bank and our summer evening chats on the deck are some of the ones I hold very dear.

Thank you for your unconditional love and support. I hope one day I can be the type of Grandparent you and Nonn were for me. Love & miss you both today & always!

Posted by Jamie Trimbur - Grandchild   January 21, 2019

Dad. I know that you are with mom now and you are finally at peace. I believe we will all be together some day. It was a very different and challenging life that we lived through together. You are now all squared away with nothing but smooth sailing ahead. Love you and miss you. Your son Richard.

Posted by rich pickett - toms river, NJ - Son   January 20, 2019


i AM MISSING YOU DAD! i KNOW YOU ARE ARE VERY HAPPY IN HEAVEN WITH YOUR WHOLE FAMILY ESP. Mom! i think of you everyday and about all our talks and laughs and struggles we have shared together. You and I became good friends within the past six months and I certainly feel a void with out you here. However I still feel you with me and know your safe and having ball on Your Home on the Range! Love Your Daughter in law and Friend - Janet ( AKA Linda)

Posted by JANET Pickett - toms river, NJ - Father   January 20, 2019

We are all lucky to have had Grandpa in our lives and as much as he will be missed by us all, I will always cherish the memories and stories he shared with me over the years. We love you. Rest in peace.

Posted by Jared Nyce - Pennsburg, PA - Grandchild   January 19, 2019

My great uncle Bill came down from chestnut hill to Avalon for the weekend and said if I get up early I could go fishing/ crabbing with him and(Nono) Olinto. I was about 8 or 9 at the time, I over slept. I was so upset I ran out of the house with fishing pole in hand all the way up to 57th street pier. I could see them in the far distance laughing and having fun. I frantically yelled out and waved my arms. They couldn't hear me. I was so frustrated and crying, At that same moment I felt an arm around my shoulders hugging me. Dad knew I needed to be up earlier and must have seen me run out of the house. He not only hugged my tears away but gave me great insight on how old buddy's work.
The lesson l learned from this experience was to listen to what I was told and respect old friendships. Bill and Olinto (Lin) were brothers-in-law and needed their brother time alone. That fact that I was invited at all shows me the love they had fore me all along.

Posted by Tim Pickett - Lake in the Hills, IL - Son   January 17, 2019

I will always remember our Sunday mornings going to WaWa for breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Also watching all your favorite TV shows and recalling your days of flying with the Hurricane Hunters. Thank you for your service and rest in peace! Conrad

Posted by Conrad George - Palmerton, PA - Family Friend   January 17, 2019

Dad loved his 25 years of being an Avalon resident and especially loved his home. We were so happy we were able as a family to honor his last wish, which was to spend his final days in the comfort of his beloved home. May you rest in eternal peace, Dad. Love Always, Donna

Posted by Donna Platco - Palmerton, PA - Daughter   January 17, 2019

I am so sorry I cannot be there with you, Tim,Rich and Donna, know you are all in my prayers, love Karen

Posted by Karen McKay - FORKED RIVER, NJ   January 15, 2019