SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Flowers now line the outside of Art Rich photography to mourn the town’s well-known photographer, Art Rich.
Rich died on Tuesday after complications with COVID-19. He was 73.
His family said he had been placed on life support but was not showing any signs of improvement.
“Today is a sad day as we had to say goodbye to my father,” his daughter, Angel, wrote on Facebook. “We are devastated. It just hasn’t become a reality yet. We appreciate all the prayers and everyone who has reached out.”
“We do not fully understand this virus or how and who it decides to attack,” she said in another post. “My dad was overall a pretty healthy man…”
Rich, a veteran, was a life-long resident of Southington, where he raised his family.
Angel said Rich was 73 but lived like he was 25. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and went sky diving with his son a few years ago.
“He was self made…grew up poor and build everything he had from nothing. He has traveled all over the country doing lectures and teaching photography in his years and has won many awards for his accomplishments over the years.”
One of the hardest parts, was the family didn’t even get to say goodbye.
“Other then being able to talk on phone, we did not get to go to hospital with my dad or see him or even say goodbye,” she said.
He would have turned 74 on the May 13 and would have celebrated his 52nd wedding anniversary.
Angel said she is unsure when they can hold a funeral for him, but he will be buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.