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Richard Joseph Jablonski

May 1, 1946 - February 5, 2018

U.S. Veteran

A celebration of life will be held on May 6, 2018, 2-5pm, at the Corinthian Yacht Club.

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I had this great luck to meet Richard on two occasions . First when I got to know Rich and his wife Elaine on and after a swift ride by a boat in Patagonia from Puerto Williams to Ushuaia and then last year when we (me and my girlfriend Ewa) were roadtripping in the US and Canada we had a pleasure to stay with great hosts: Rich and Elaine at their app in Seattle. We will always remember RIch as a happy, cheerful and smiling person. It was always very interesting to listen to Richard's stories both from a sea and a land. Great man with a big heart! Kamil&Ewa

Posted by Kamil&Ewa on March 17, 2018

To Rich's Family, You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Rich was such a wonderful friend and admired by all who knew him. The Triton Class of 1965

Posted by Triton High School Class of 1965 on February 18, 2018

Richie or "Little Richie" as we called him was my dear cousin and the oldest of our Parker/Jablonski cousins in my generation. When Rich was born the family lived together in Fairview, NJ. I was told by Uncle Robert who was there the day Richie was brought home by his parents, Rich/Mae Parker Jablonski that the whole family was eagerly waiting for the arrival on their large front porch! Being 10 years younger from Rich, living around the corner from each other growing up in little old Glendora not far from where our Parker family moved to in 1921 from South Philadelphia the families were always together. He loved our Grandmother (Alice Wilent Parker Allinson) "Graham" as we called her because she was such a special person who touched our lives in a special way. When she passed away 30 June 1973 Rich came over to our house and found me sitting on the back porch step alone. He sat down next to me not saying a word and we just sat together for a while comforting each other. We also had a love for the seashore where our grandfather, "Pop" as we called him and his father, Rich Jablonski built a small house on J Ave in West Wildwood, NJ back about 1950/51. He spent much time in West Wildwood and was found in an old picture as rower of the "Daisy Mae" row boat out in the bay with his brother, Jim and our close Wilson cousins! That was the start of something bigger/better to come many years later. About 1962 the Jablonski family purchased a rental business in Wildwood and West Wildwood was sold. It was a great part of our lives being together there as well and Rich along with his brother, Jim and cousins, Alyce (my sister) and myself spent the summers and worked at different times. We were a close knit family and still are but getting smaller as the years go by. We went to the same schools and knew each others friends. I remember well the day Rich came home from Vietnam after serving his country in a most difficult war. He told me he had it planned to ride home and stop at a certain place walking the streets of little old Glendora that he knew so well to his front door. I can just imagine him in his US Army uniform with his bag over his shoulder walking home with a big smile on his face. There is no place like home! After he came home from Vietnam he went clothes shopping and brought home some up-to-date clothes. Graham sent me in his bedroom to look at his "new" shoes! Years later I remember after he worked all day he tutored me in math and yes I passed the class! He was always independent, adventurous, spunky, fun, great humor, and a real story teller as Elaine was with their exciting sailing adventures. The biggest smile came because he married Elaine and they had two wonderful children, Jesse & Sarah. The family grew as Jesse married and grandson Leo came along. Family meant the world to Rich and Rich meant the world to all of his family! Rich we will always miss you...may the road rise to meet you and the wind be at your back...thank you for the wonderful memories and being my cousin!!!

Posted by Barbara Parker on February 17, 2018

Much admiration for a man of many talents, soldier, engineer blue water sailor. Goodbye Richard.

Posted by Dave Larkman on February 17, 2018

Much admiration for a man of many talents, soldier, engineer blue water sailor. Goodbye Richard.

Posted by Dave Larkman on February 17, 2018

Much admiration for a man of many talents, soldier, engineer blue water sailor. Goodbye Richard.

Posted by Dave Larkman on February 17, 2018

No words can adequately describe the sorrow we share with so many for the loss of Richard Jablonski ...................RIP. Gay and Dave Rutter

Posted by Gay Rutter on February 16, 2018

Rich's joyful laugh will always be with me. That and the devilish look in his eyes after telling a good story. Fun at the farm, our ride together back from Tennessee, his always being there to listen and my being able to brag about having a "rocket engineer " as a friend are at the top of my list. I am a better person for having known him. And I'm so glad to have met Elaine who he loved so much. During our last telephone chat, he said she "is a wonderful woman". He was a good man; a fair man - and a lot of fun. So glad you were part of my life.

Posted by Kathy Minarik on February 15, 2018

Rich, you are my "bestest" cousin. Growing up around the corner from one other in Jersey and spending our cousin summers with Grandmom at the Jersey shore are great memories. Elaine was the best thing that happened to you and she is the rock. We had the best of times when Elaine and you visited Jersey and we talked all day and night at the beach house. I am so glad I spoke with you two weeks ago and ended our phone conversation with "I love you" as we always did. My heart goes out to Elaine, Jesse, Sarah, Rae and Leo. Cousin Alyce.

Posted by Alyce Parker on February 15, 2018

Sincere condolences to Elaine & family. May your beautiful memories help to sustain you at this sad time.

Posted by Ileen & Dave Eskridge on February 15, 2018

Richie was a fun, unique, smart as heck good guy. I'm so glad to have met you in 1971/1972, all the crazies at the farm, autotrain to Fla., the house on Pooh Corner and so much more. I'm also glad I got to meet Elaine and your children. You will be missed my friend?.

Posted by April Aumont on February 15, 2018

It was a real honour and pleasure to have cruised the Pacific with you and your amazing family. You have so many reasons to be proud of your life, none more so than the family you have left behind. Fair winds on the Crossing Over my friend...

Posted by Ian McIntosh on February 15, 2018

I felt so proud to have inspired you and Rich in a small way, now we are related in another sad way having both lost our husbands within a few days of each other. I am so sorry for your loss Elaine. Rich was loved by so many and will be remembered by his friends as one of the lucky guys who got their wife to go cruising, mine too, Rest in Peace brother. Sail on.... Abrazos, Candy

Posted by Candy Masters on February 15, 2018

Rich, I miss you every moment of every day. You will always be my valentine. I hope you are waiting for me over the horizon. Love, Elaine

Posted by Elaine Cashar on February 14, 2018