Service: There will be a memorial service at the East Avenue United Methodist Church, 244 East Ave. Norwalk Saturday June 4, 2011 at 10:30am Donations: The family requests that donations in his memory be made to the East Avenue United Methodist Church 244 East Ave. Norwalk, CT 06855

Richard E. (Cap) Chouinard


June 13, 1930 - June 1, 2011

Richard E. (Cap) Chouinard, Capt. Norwalk Police Dept. (Retired)

In loving memory of Richard E. Chouinard of Norwalk, who passed away on June 1, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.  Richard was born in Montville, NJ, on June 13, 1930, to Edmund and Bertha Chouinard.  He was the youngest of 4 children and had two brothers, H William and John, both deceased and one sister, Anne Finch of Norwalk.
He served in Army Intelligence during the Korean War. Upon his return from his service he joined the Norwalk Police Department and after a distinguished 25 year career he retired in 1979 with the rank of Captain.
He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Dorothy, with whom he raised 3 daughters.  In 1997 he married Lorraine Bechthold, with whom he shared the later portion of his life.
After his retirement from the police dept he put his skills as a master locksmith to work as the owner of Rosenfields Hardware in South Norwalk (currently called Finch’s Lock Service and owned and operated by his nephew Donald Finch).
Richard was an active member of the East Avenue United Methodist Church and was involved in many capacities there. He is well known for his New England clam chowder and his St Patrick’s Day corned beef served at church dinners. Richard was also a member of the Masons and was a Past Master at Old Well Masonic Lodge AF&AM in East Norwalk. He was also an avid fresh water fisherman.
He was a loving family man and a good friend to many. There was nothing he enjoyed as much as time spent with his family and friends. Richard was known to be a good and honest man and highly respected by all who came to know him over the years
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, 3 daughters, Barbara Palinkas, Charlene Miller and her husband Edward, Kathleen Gulick and her husband Andrew, 7 grandchildren, one granddaughter-in-law, 9  great grandchildren, his sister Anne C. Finch and many nieces and nephews.
The family would also like to acknowledge the care he received over the last years from Dr Dennis Cooper of Yale Medical Center, New Haven and Dr. Tao Nan Chi of Soundview Medical Assoc. of Norwalk.
He was loved and cherished by his family and friends and he will be deeply missed.
There will be a memorial service at the East Avenue United Methodist Church, 244 East Ave. Norwalk Saturday June 4, 2011 at 10:30am
The family requests that donations in his memory be made to the East Avenue United Methodist Church 244 East Ave. Norwalk, CT 06855

  1. Dear Finch Family, Very sorry to hear of Uncle Dick’s passing. He was a kind and generous Soul, with a great laugh. Sending warm wishes for the strength to get through these difficult times. Love, Patty

    September 28, 2011
    Patty O'Marra Bauer -
  • Captain Chouinard was always a fair ,decent and honorable man. He was the kind of police officer that that don’t make anymore.God couldn’t have made a finer man if he tried.He will be missed. Kevin McClellan,Norwalk,Ct.

    September 28, 2011
    Kevin McClellan -
  • Sorry to hear about Richards passing.

    September 28, 2011
    Diana B -
  • Dear Lorraine, I just learned of Mr. Chouinard’s passing and I am so terribly sorry. Lance always considered him his grandfather. I remember visit when we buried my father. Even though Lance stood proud in his Navy uniform, I saw a 4 year old enjoying his ” usual ” ( saltines and soda ) with Grandpa Chouinard. Mr. Chouinard was a wonderful man and will be sadly missed. I bet he, my dad and mom are all looking down upon us from heaven. With much love Patricia

    December 18, 2012
    patricia Weaver -
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