Richard H. Ratkiewich


PROSPECT — Richard Harvey Ratkiewich, 78, of Prospect, died peacefully on Dec. 21, 2022, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

Richard, son of the late Thomas and Alice (Hanks) Ratkiewich, was born in Waterbury June 22, 1944. He was a graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design. He also earned an advanced degree from the ArtCenter College of Design, California.

He was an inventor and worked as a design engineer. He was credited with several patents. He was also a car enthusiast.

Richard leaves numerous cousins and friends.

Funeral services were to be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 N. Main St. in Naugatuck. To send an online condolence, please visit