Thursday, May 06, 2021


A. David Thorpe


A. David Thorpe, of Deep River, passed away unexpectedly July 6 surrounded by his loving wife Rita and family. David was born May 1, 1948, and grew up in Westbrook, graduating in 1967, later making his home in Deep River. He was employed by Laplace’s Furniture for 35 years, and most recently Essex Meadows until his retirement.

David was proud to serve in the US Army, where he was part of the 82nd Airborne Division. He did a tour of duty in Vietnam, earning the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with three stars, and the National Defense Medal with two stars as well as other accolades. David was an avid Yankee fan, enjoyed golf, vacationing with family in Cape May, New Jersey, and walking his faithful companion Rusty.

David was a wonderful Pop-Pop and will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Hunter and Katerina. A longtime Lion's Club member, David could be found serving pulled pork sandwiches at the Chester Fair, or selling Christmas trees at the Deep River Hardware Store. He was also a member of the Deep River Congregational Church.

David was predeceased by his mother Charlotte and his mother-in-law Dorothy Dickinson. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Rita ( Dickinson); his daughter Shelly Kozacek (Kevin); grandchildren Hunter and Katerina of Virginia; brothers Darryl (Sue) and Danny; sisters,Sally Waz (Peter), Renee Alonzo (Sandy), and Debbie Kehoe (Donald); his beloved Aunt Dorothy Washburn; his cousins Buddy Thorpe and Bev Thorpe; as well as many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind and will be greatly missed by his longtime best friend, Phil Wetmore.

Visitation for friends and family will be held on July 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main St. in Centerbrook. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in David’s name to the Deep River/Chester Lions Club, PO Box 232, Deep River, CT 06417, or to the Essex Veterans Memorial Hall, 3 Westbrook Rd., Centerbrook, CT 06409. To share a memory of David or leave a condolence for his family, please visit

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