Richard Francis Helchowski, 87, of Essex CT passed away peacefully on Monday, November 2 with his son by his side. He was the husband of the late Josephine (JoAnn) Helchowski, for whom he cared throughout her battle with dementia. Rich was born on July 17, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, and was the youngest of four siblings. He is survived by his children, Richard Helchowski and Dianne Helchowski Miller, his daughter-in-law Suzanne, and by his five grandchildren, Mary Jo, Kodiak, Timothy, Sydney, and Logan, for whom he loved ‘more than they knew’. He was very active in his church, and always said his daily Rosaries without fail. He also loved visiting with the residents of Chesterfields Nursing Home in Chester, who cared for his wife. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to A Little Compassion/The Nest Coffee House 501 (c)(3) at www.alittlecompassion.org or A Little Compassion, 162 Main Street, Deep River 06417. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 6, at 11:30 AM with Interment to follow in the Saint Joseph Cemetery, in Chester. To share a memory or express a condolence to the family, please visit: www.rwwfh.com . Arrangements are by the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, in Centerbrook.