Richard Tarrant Bischoff

FS-OBT-BischoffRichard Tarrant Bischoff, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012 after complications from cardiac surgery.

“Dick”, or “Bud” as he was affectionately known leaves behind a lasting legacy of eight children, Richard of Cape May, NJ, Gregory of Washington, CT, Lia Brassord of Amherst, MA, Jeffrey of Old Greenwich, CT, Warren of Potomac, MD, Nicholas of West Tisbury, MA, Lesley King of Old Greenwich, CT, and Rachel Capobianco of Burlington, CT. Richard also leaves behind twenty-one grandchildren, and his loving sister Lois Smith of Fairfield, CT.

Richard was pre-deceased in life by his brother John Warren, his father Nicholas Andrew, and his mother Jane Tarrant.

Richard spent a 45-year career in the marine industry where he served as a yacht broker. He began his career at Rex Marine in Norwalk, CT in 1961 and culminated his career in 1995 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Yachting Capital of the World, where he spent most of his career.

In 2002, Richard was inducted into the Tulsa University Basketball Hall of Fame. In the 1954-1955 season, the Golden Hurricanes, of which Richard was a member, went on to win the Missouri Valley Conference Championship – the first in the school’s 50 year history. The Golden Hurricanes won 20 games that season and went on to compete in the NCAA Tournament.

As a teenager, Richard starred on Fairfield Prep’s baseball team where as a pitcher he threw three no-hitters, but Richard’s greatest success was not on the basketball court, or the baseball diamond, or on the docks of the Norwalk Boat Show or Miami Boat Show, but instead his greatest successes were his eight children, and his twenty-one grandchildren.

Bud was a courageous warrior who fought the good fight, and in the end pitched a perfect game and then walked off the field under bright lights to a standing ovation. Richard Bischoff will be interred at St. Thomas Cemetery in Fairfield, CT next to his mother Jane, his father Nicholas, and his brother Jack.”

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