Richard S. Parasiliti ’72 died on November 14, 2022, in Jamestown, New York.
(The following was provided by The Post-Journal on November 18, 2022)
Richard Scott Parasiliti, 72, of Jamestown, NY, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022, after seizing every opportunity to connect with people and enjoy life.
You might know Richard as your teacher, Coach P, or your friend’s dad. Maybe you met him through Scouts, or he sold you a car. There’s the flea market too. Richard positively inspired and impacted many people on his journey.
He was born August 30, 1950, in Jamestown, NY, a son of Robert P. Parasiliti and Mary Riddell (Lingenfelter).
Richard grew up in Jamestown, NY, with his brother, Ron, and baby sister, Amy. His dad often brought home pennies to search for special coins. This started Richard’s lifelong love of collecting. He excelled in academics, played football, and was a devoted member of the Elite Club.
Richard graduated Jamestown High School in 1968, and went off to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he studied to become a teacher. He joined the Meddiebempsters à cappella group, performing at Notre Dame Cathedral in France. He went on to achieve a master’s degree from SUNY Fredonia. He taught at The Gow School in South Wales, NY, and Chapel Hill prep school in Waltham, MA, enriching countless students and forging lifelong friendships. Upon his return to Jamestown in the mid-90s, Richard held positions with Literacy Volunteers, and was an automobile salesman for Stateside Toyota, Shults Kia, and McFadden Toyota.
The love of his life was his children, Robert Parasiliti, Anthony Parasiliti, and Sarah Parasiliti. They shared countless fond memories of Allegheny camping, playing cards, movie nights, chicken wings, Lena’s pizza, Motown, and The Beach Boys.
If you can’t join us, hug your family, grab some wings, and watch “The Godfather.” He’ll be right there with you.