Obituary: Richard Hoyt, 79

Richard Hoyt, 1942 – 2022

Richard Hoyt, 79,  beloved husband of Janet Hoyt, passed away on Feb. 18, 2022.  He was predeceased by his mother, Frances (Sunny) Hoyt and father, Richard H. Hoyt.  

A longtime resident of Easton, Dick graduated from Westminster School and Yale University.  He had a fierce love and loyalty for his family, friends ( both the two-legged and four-legged variety) and to his employees at The Chapin & Bangs Co. where he worked for over 50 years.    He relished his time both on the water and in the woods of Connecticut and New Hampshire.  Dick was selfless and absolutely ethical in everything he did.  He made everyone feel valued because they were.  Dick navigated life with remarkable humor, intelligence and perspective.  He has the undying admiration of his family and friends.   Unbeknownst to many, he had an enduring fondness for Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.

Dick was active in several community activities over many years.  Most recently, he served as a director of People’s United Bank in Bridgeport.  He had been on the board of the Yale New Haven Health Systems, as well as, a director of Bridgeport Hospital for many years.  He served on the board of the YMCA including Camp Hi-Rock mortgage club. He also served on the Board of Lakeview Cemetery Association. 

In addition to his wife, Dick is survived by his children; Kendall Hoyt (Manning) and Taylor Hoyt (Rebecca; four grandchildren, Eli, Rhys, Payton, and Owen; a brother Stephen Hoyt (Lynne) of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Larry Hoyt; Anne Hepner; and several nieces and nephews.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Upper Valley Land Trust, Hanover, NH;  The Aspetuck Land Trust or  The Melanoma & Brain Metastasis Research Fund, Yale Cancer Center, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519.

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