Richard Sturman Obituary
Richard “Rocky” Sturman, 74, passed on April 14, 2021.
He was born September 14, 1946 in New York, NY, the son of Nancy Hannon and Herman Sturman (both deceased). On November 22, 1969, he married Maureen McNamara, who pre-deceased him in 2001
Rocky served in the U.S. Navy as a Radioman 2nd Class aboard the USS Liberty. After his discharge, he worked for the telephone company for 2 years and then as a Gapfiller/Signal Maintainer for the NYC Transit Authority for 30+ years. He retired in 2003 and moved to Elmira, NY, where he lived for 10 years with his beloved cat, DeOGe. Rocky was an avid photographer who always had a camera in one hand and a cigarette or a beer in the other (sometimes both)!!
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Tom Foley, also of Saint Augustine, FL (previously Levittown, NY); son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Abigail Sturman of Falls Church, VA; grandchildren, Ryan and Colin Foley; sister, Mary Okul and brothers Anthony Sturman and James Franz.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, the family requests donations be made to the following:
USS Liberty Veterans Association
PO Box 680275
Marietta, GA 30068
or by using this link:
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