Testa, Richie

Richard J. Testa

July 17, 2018 Avondale, PA Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather and Friend

Richard J. Testa, age 74, went home to be with the Lord surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

He was the husband of Linda M. Testa (nee Crowell) of Avondale, PA. Richie and Linda were blessed to have recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove, PA, he was the son of the late Augustine Testa and the late Mary Testa (nee Gasperin). Richie graduated from Salesianum High School in Wilmington, DE. He proudly served his country in the United States Army 1965-1967 in Germany as a Tank Commander within the 3rd Armored Division.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Richie selflessly served his community for 59 years as an active volunteer fireman with the Avondale Fire Company. He held numerous leadership positions in both the Executive and Fire Control divisions of the department. He served as Chief Engineer for the past 30 years, overseeing the maintenance of all apparatus and just about anything else that needed to be done around the firehouse.

In addition to his volunteer fire service, Richie spent 44 years at the General Motors Assembly plant in Wilmington, DE receiving numerous awards for improving efficiency.

When not volunteering or working, Richie enjoyed spending time fishing and hunting with friends and family in Somerset County, PA.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Augie Testa and wife Mara of Nottingham, PA, son Paul Testa and wife Nikki of Wilmington, DE; his brother, Louis Testa and wife Dolores of Landenberg, PA; 2 grandsons, August and Finn Testa of Nottingham, PA; and 2 granddogs, Bruno and Ollie.

Richie was a humble and generous man, who was always willing to give of himself. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Avondale Fire Company, Station 23, 23 Firehouse Way, Avondale, PA 19311 on Sunday, July 29 at 1:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richie’s name can be made to the Avondale Fire Company, 23 Firehouse Way, Avondale, PA 19311.

Message from the Family

Please share with us your fond memories of Richie.

Memorial Donations

Avondale Fire Company

Donations in Richie's honor may be mailed to:

Avondale Fire Company
23 Firehouse Way
Avondale, PA 19311


Memorial Service

July 29, 2018 1:00PM Avondale Fire Company, Station 23
23 Firehouse Way
Avondale, PA 19311




  1. Dear Augie and Paul, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad, Keep his memory alive by remembering and sharing the stories of the man he was to all. Again, condolences to to you boys and your mom too.
    Mrs. Dickens

    Ruth Dickens | July 30, 2018 at 11:32 PM
  2. Linda Aggie and Paul,
    I am so sorry to hear Richard had passed. Please accept my condolences. Richard was always dear to me and all of the Mattoscio family, after all he is kin. A kind and gentle man with a heart of gold.we will miss him so much. May God be with you all.

    Nicholas Mattoscio | July 27, 2018 at 10:01 PM
  3. Linda and family,God bless and comfort all of you at this very sad time.Richie was very special to all of the Davis family and we will be forever saddened by his passing.Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers!!

    Joan Davis | July 25, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Shirley (Mabe) Trent | July 22, 2018 at 3:54 PM
  5. Dear Linda and family so sorry for your loss. Richie was a good man. RIP Richie

    Jerry& Sandy Kmetz | July 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM
  6. Auger and Paul I’m speaking on behalf of Kelley McKee Adams Benson ( my daughter) to express our condolences on the passing of your Dad. The Lord will give you strength to continue to carry on in his name. I used to to know you guys when you were going to school with Kelley. May God bless you both. Susan McKee Ryan

    Susan McKee Ryan | July 21, 2018 at 11:35 PM
  7. It is truly a sad day when good friends leave us. Working with Rich on third shift as he transitioned from production job to a maintenance position was a great opportunity to get to know him better. Following towards Avondale we encountered an auto accident involving a tractor trailer and car. Rich stepped into action contacting the parties needed and directing traffic only after attending to the accident victims. Truly a professional I will never forget the greatness he displayed. He certainly was a calm quiet man and seem to problem solve any situation. It was a pleasure to have worked with him, a good friend…… Web Edwards

    Edmund Edwards | July 20, 2018 at 4:25 PM
  8. Linda, Augie, Mara, Paul and Nikki,
    We can’t tell you all how sorry we are on the passing of Richie and how sorry we are we can’t be with you all at this time. Over the years, Joe and Richie were mistaken for brothers, and they always enjoyed it and laughed about it! So many great memories of all of us together and watching our kids grow up together are priceless. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you strength and comfort at this time. We love you all so very much!
    Joe and Patti

    Patti & Joe Testa | July 20, 2018 at 1:32 PM
  9. Rest in Eternal Peace, Richie. A job well done and life well lived. Thanks for all things good and true.

    Joan, Matt and Jennah Bessicks | July 20, 2018 at 1:18 PM
  10. Linda and family. I am sorry to hear Richard had passed. Please accept my condolences. Richard was always dear to me and all the Mattoscio family. after all he is kin. A kind and gentle man with a heart of gold. We will miss him so much. May God be with you always.

    Nicholas Mattoscio | July 20, 2018 at 8:01 AM
  11. Dear Linda, Augie, Paul and Family, My sincerest sympathy to you. Richie`s passing is a great loss to all and especially to you.
    He was a dedicated servant to all and a tireless volunteer. He will certainly be missed. My prayer is that God gives you strength
    to bear this burden. Love to all, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | July 20, 2018 at 6:49 AM
  12. Aunt Linda, Auggie, Mara, Paulie and Nikki,

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I have so many great memories of Uncle Richie! Great memories of all of you, really! We had so much fun at fire company picnics and family gatherings! He was quiet, but one of the funniest uncles I knew! You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time! He will be greatly missed by many! Love and hugs from Montana!

    Kristian Testa-Denny | July 20, 2018 at 12:04 AM
  13. Dear Linda, Angie, and Paul
    So sorry to read of your loss. Ritchie was a great man and would help anyone. I remember just waiting on him at turkey hill didn’t seem like it was that long ago. He still had his friendly hi and smile. He was a great firefighter and will be remembered by that forever in my mind. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Donna Massey ( Crossan )

    Donna Massey ( Crossan ) | July 19, 2018 at 10:01 PM
  14. Linda, Augie and Paul, Thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers. Richie has always been such a sweet gentleman and I will miss him. Wishing you all comfort with family, friends and treasured memories. Thinking of you!

    Molly Meadowcroft | July 19, 2018 at 9:08 PM
  15. Linda, Augie, and Paul, I am so sorry for your loss, I have not seen Richie in many many years. Growing up in Avondale and having such a close and dear friend as Richie will always be one of my best memories. We joined the fire department the same time as junior fireman.
    May my dear old friend rest in peace.
    He will be missed by all that knew him.

    Bill Blevins | July 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  16. Although Richie did not know me very well,he was very dear to my mother and father. My mother was Mary Louise Direnzo.Richie is with her now and also if theres hunting deer in heaven ,he and my father are hunting for the big one. God love and protect your family Richie you will be sadly missed. Peace be with you Linda. Thinking of you all.

    Michaela Maggard | July 19, 2018 at 7:24 PM
  17. Linda, Augie and Paul,
    I have no words to adequately express my sorrow at learning of Richie’s passing. He was indeed a humble, kind and gentle man. He will be missed by all who knew him. He leaves all of us in Avondale with memories that will be treasured.
    Lenee, Patrick, Cari, and Jamie Bryan

    Lenee Bryan and family | July 19, 2018 at 5:01 PM
  18. Dear Richie you will be missed by all the Fire Co’s in the area and family and friends it was Great working with you at the fire calls and in person RIP MY Friend and Fellow Fire Fighter 🔥 🔥

    Michael S. Ruoss Sr | July 19, 2018 at 4:44 PM
  19. thank you for all your service over these many years -rip

    john r thomas | July 19, 2018 at 4:14 PM

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