Richard A. Hagstrom, 91, of Heritage Village, Southbury, CT, formerly of Cheshire, CT died peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 4, 2021. He was the husband of Roberta E. (Webber) Hagstrom. They just recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.
Richard (Dick) was born in Worcester, MA, the son of the late George H. and Ruth M. (Wall) Hagstrom.
He graduated from Upsala College and received his graduate degree at the University of Kentucky.
Mr. Hagstrom was employed by the Olin Corporation for 25 years, retiring in 1985. He served in a variety of positions but for the last 19 years as a Director of Research. He held numerous patents and publications. After retirement, he served as a consultant to the chemical industry until 1988 when he co-founded Bomar Specialties Co. which manufactured specialty polymer products for the energy curing industry. He served as president of the company until his retirement in 2001.
He was a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society and served as a nationally elected councilor to the society. He was also a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and had served as president of the CT section.
Dick was a member of Cheshire Lutheran Church and a past president of the congregation. Both he and his wife were 40-year members of the church choir.
In Cheshire, he served on the Public Building Commission, the Water Pollution Control Authority, Director for the Chesprocott Health District, Chairman of the Charter Revision Committee, and was a two-term Councilor at Large. He was also a counselor for SCORE, the service corps of retired executives, an organization that advised small businesses.
Dick was an avid skier. He enjoyed many ski trips with his children and grandchildren as well. He loved Vermont, especially an A-Frame on 35 acres in West Wardsboro - his own little piece of paradise. He enjoyed camping, both with the boy scouts and family camping, inspired by his early years as counselor and director of Camp Blanchard. Although he never advanced much beyond "duffer", he thoroughly enjoyed the game of golf. Both he and his wife traveled quite extensively both domestically and internationally.
Besides his wife Roberta (Bo), he leaves two children Jeffrey R. Hagstrom and his wife Kathleen of Oxford, CT, and Patricia A. Sloat and her husband Stephen of Vernon, CT. He was Buppa to five grandchildren, Amy Thole (Jake), Jessica Carter (Roger), Kelly Richard (Nolan), Taylor Sloat, and Conner Sloat, and five great-grandchildren, Julia Thole, Dylan Thole, Liam Carter, Landon Carter, and Allen Richard.
A Funeral service will be held at Cheshire Lutheran Church, 660 West Main St., on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 11 AM immediately followed by inurnment at the Columbarium at Cheshire Lutheran Church. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cheshire Lutheran Church, PO Box 157, Cheshire, CT 06410. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire is assisting with arrangements.