Richard Albert Buzzelli, 84, of Leesburg, Virginia, died of natural causes on November 3, 2020. He was preceded in death by parents, Albert and Perina Buzzelli; brother, Jim; and infant brother, Greg. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marge (DeLuca) Buzzelli; sons, Paul (Kelly) Buzzelli, Matt (Tara) Buzzelli and Scott (Trace) Buzzelli; 12 grandchildren, Luke, Colby, Marissa, Shay Buzzelli and Ashley, Benjamin, A.J. Buzzelli and Gage, Beau, Savannah, Holland and Blaise Buzzelli; brother, David (Annette) Buzzelli and sister-in-law Yvonne Buzzelli; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Born on September 17, 1936, in Blairsville, PA, he was a proud byproduct of a small western Pennsylvania town, routed in a strong work ethic and surrounded by a large extended family. Dick graduated from Blairsville High School in 1954 and attended VMI, ultimately graduating from IUP and later receiving his master’s degree from Villanova University. He started his career as a teacher and football coach in western Pennsylvania.Dick married Marge (DeLuca) in the summer of 1960. In 1969, they moved to northern Virginia, where he started a long-lived and successful career at the Office of Naval Intelligence. He retired after serving 27 years. He would often argue that retirement was busier than working as he became the official cheerleader, babysitter and traveling cook for the family. He affectionately watched his family grow and was the joyful catalyst that brought them together for the holidays and his many beloved beach trips to Kiawah Island, SC. His legacy was instilling an overwhelming importance in the cohesiveness of the family, which will undoubtedly be carried on for many generations.
As he entered the later chapters of life with a smile on his face, he knew he was a blessed man and that his blessings came from the Lord. That faith is living out on the other side of eternity as he is now joyfully being embraced by those who went before him. He fell in love with hunting at an early age and could still be found doing the same the Saturday before he passed. Dick had a great passion for good food that he inherited from his mother. He often said, “Sitting at the table isn’t about the food, it’s about the people.” All who knew him and experienced his cooking would agree his hospitality was overflowing and his dinner table always welcomed you. We smile knowing he is now experiencing a heavenly feast that is hard to imagine. We look forward to sharing in that meal with you someday.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. November 14 at St. John the Apostle Church, 101 Oakcrest Manor Dr. NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to Compassion International, whom the family has been supporting for many years, (www.compassion.com); or Heifer Foundation, 1 World Ave, Little Rock, AR 72202. 888-422-1161. (www.heiferfoundation.org) Debbie McCullough 501-907-4922.