Loss of a Scouter
Jeffrey B Lukens (0210777@ACAD.NWMISSOURI.EDU)
Wed, 4 Feb 1998 21:03:40 -0600
Fellow Scouts and Scouters...
It brings me great saddness to pass along the news of the death of
one of Camp Mattatuck's most dedicated Scouters. Uncle Dick has been a part
of camp for as long as I have been a scout. Please remember him and his
family in your thoughts and prayers. Any correspondance or donations can be
sent to the Connecticut Rivers Council office (address listed in the below).
The following is the Obituary as printed in the Waterbury Republican-American.
>Richard J. Giacin Sr.
>Familiar face among Boy Scouts
>Waterbury-Richard J. Giacin Sr.,93, formerly of Munson Ave died Tuesday,
>Feb 3, at Waterbury Convalescent Center.
>Mr. Giacin was born Jan 11, 1905, in Derby, son of the late Alexander and
>Teresa (Talamini) Giacin, and worked at Perazzini Construction Co. as a
>Forman for 25 years until his retirement. He served in the Navy from 1927
>During the 60's he began a long association with the Boy Scouts of America.
> He received the Award of Merit in 1965; the St George Emblem for
>outstanding service to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in
>Scouting in 1975; the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to
>boyhood, and the Vigil Honor from the Order of the Arrow.
>In 1980, he was awarded the Jaycees' David Caisse Memorial Community
>Service Award. Mr. Giacin was presented the Unknown Scouter's award in
>1982 for outstanding service to Scouting. Again in 1983, he twice received
>awards of merit from the Boy Scouts of America.
>His last award,, the Chief Babson Award, was received in 1989 for continued
>outstanding service to youth. In 1993, he received the Boys Club
>Humanitarian Service Award. He spent the last 20 years volunteering and
>living the summer at Camp Mattatuck, the Boy Scout Reservation in Plymouth.
> He taught the fishing merit badge there since 1983.
>Affectionately known as "Uncle Dick" and "Santa" by his scouts and camp
>staff,, his familiar snowy-white beard endeared him to young and old alike.
> During the Christmas holiday season he attended endless numbers of
>functions, playing Santa Claus to hundreds of children in the Santa suit
>his granddaughter tailored for him.
>He leaves a son,, Richard J. Giacin Jr. of Waterbury, a brother Frank
>Giacin of Waterbury; two Sisters,, Mrs. Mabel Maiorano and Mrs. Mary Morra
>of Waterbury, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
>Contributions: Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut Rivers Council, 45 Freight
>Street, Waterbury, CT 06702.
Thank you for your support. We the camp staff of Mattatuck, hope that he is
Yours in Scouting,
Phone: (660) 562-6139
Jeffrey B Lukens
Northwest Missouri State University
Eagle Scout Class of '92
T-5 Middlebury, CT
Connecticut Rivers Council
Camp Mattatuck Staff, 1990-Present
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