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Gottfried Richard
Gottfried Richard
Marital status
Margaret Durachko

Gottfried Richard

Dr. Richard Gottfried, 65, was a compassionate dentist who touched the lives of many through his dental practice. He was passionate about providing quality oral care and was beloved by his patients for his gentle nature. Richard was also an avid cyclist and frequently participated in charity bike rides. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Gottfried Richard (Age: 65). Killed in an antisemitic attack in Pittsburgh

Richard Gottfried, remembered for his unwavering kindness, dedication to faith, and service to the community, tragically lost his life in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on October 27, 2018. A beloved dentist in Ross, Gottfried was renowned for his unique approach to Halloween, opting to give out toothbrushes instead of candy, a testament to his commitment to dental health and his playful spirit.
Gottfried's educational journey culminated in earning an undergraduate degree in English Literature in 1974, followed by a dental degree in 1980, both from the University of Pittsburgh. It was here that he met his wife, Margaret Durachko, a fellow dental school graduate. Together, they embarked on a lifetime of shared commitment to their professions and community service, establishing their dental practice in Ross in 1984.
Their dedication extended beyond their practice to volunteering at the Catholic Charities Free Dental Clinic and serving as marriage mentors at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in West View. Gottfried's faith was an integral part of his life, actively participating in the New Light Congregation and even serving as its president, highlighting his role as a cornerstone within his religious community.
Richard's work at the Squirrel Hill Health Center, where he treated refugees and immigrants, further illustrated his belief in using his skills to "heal the world." His and Margaret's decision to work part-time at the center after launching its dental practice in 2010 was driven by a desire to serve those in need, regardless of their backgrounds.
His hobbies included reading and golfing, and he was a dedicated participant in Pittsburgh's Great Races, completing 28 of them, showcasing his love for his community and an active lifestyle. Richard's marriage to Margaret, a practicing Roman Catholic, in 1980, was a beautiful union of faiths, celebrated and admired by those around them for its foundation of mutual respect and love.
Richard also played a significant role in his great-nephew Jacob's life, particularly after Jacob lost his father. Richard's supportive presence and spiritual actions, such as reciting the Jewish mourner's prayer daily for nine months to honor Jacob's father's memory, left a lasting impact on his family.
Richard Gottfried's legacy is one of compassion, community service, and a profound commitment to his faith and family. His life's work, both professionally and personally, touched the lives of many, leaving an indelible mark on his community and beyond. His memory inspires us to face adversity with love and to continue his mission of healing and helping wherever possible.

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