Richard J. DePiano

  • Born: July 19, 1941
  • Died: October 3, 2019
  • Location: Devon, Pennsylvania

D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall

2811 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA 19008
Tel. (610) 356-4200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Father and Grandfather

Richard J. DePiano, Sr.

Richard J.,Sr., born July 19, 1941 of Devon, PA, died on October 3rd, 2019 after a long and crappy illness. He was the son of the late Mary (nee Mazzola) and Daniel DePiano, and brother of the late Anthony D. DePiano. He is survived by Anna Louise DePiano; his son Richard J., Jr. (Celeste); his daughter Cindy McKernan (Bill); his grandchildren Danielle, R.J., Cara, Will, Charlie and Ella, and his sister-in­law Fran DePiano.

Rich had an epic business career stretching over 50 years. It started with 20 years in public accounting with Touche Ross (now Deloitte) in 1966, became a partner in 1974 and went on to become Director of Tax Operations in the Philadelphia office as well as holding several national positions. His area of concentration was Federal taxation with an emphasis on health care, business organizations, and acquisitions. After leaving Touche Ross, Rich spent a decade in venture capital as the Chief Executive Officer of the Sandhurst Company, L.P. and Managing Director of the Sandhurst Venture Fund from 1986 to 1997. Then for 20 years Rich was an entrepreneur and led Escalon Medical Corp. as Chief Executive Officer from 1997 until 2013 and was Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Born in Philadelphia, Rich attended St. Thomas More High School. He was a proud graduate of Drexel University class of 1964 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Rich had the honor of being on the Board of Trustees of Drexel University since 2006 and served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Rich also served on the Board of Trustees of Salus University and was on the Board of Directors of Lafrance Corporation.

Rich truly believed the true measure of success was in giving back. He demonstrated this service to others by his involvement in many charitable and professional organizations. Of the several social and community activities he enjoyed, such as golfing, time at the shore, fine food and excellent (cheap) wine, traveling the world, carpentry (building whatever needed to be built) and shopping; his greatest joy came from spending time with his family, most especially his six wonderful grandchildren.

Relatives and Friends are invited to his Visitation on Tuesday Evening, October 8th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at The D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008, and on Wednesday morning, October 9th, ALL IN CHURCH, from 9:30 AM to l0:45 AM, with Funeral Mass to follow 11:00 AM, at St. Katharine of Siena Church, 104 S Aberdeen Ave, Wayne, PA 19087. Interment Private

In lieu of flowers, the DePiano family invites contributions to the Richard J. DePiano Scholarship Fund at Drexel University. Contributions may be sent to: Drexel University, Office of Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 8215, Philadelphia, PA 19101-9684.

Arr: Danjolell Memorial Home


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just saw this and it saddens me. Rich was a mentor to me. He gave me untold opportunities and many of the good things in my career only came about due to his belief in me. There is no one I thought more highly of.

Posted by Diane Price - Peaks Island, ME - Coworker   April 20, 2020

Very sad to hear of Rich's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Rich a number of years ago and we quickly became good friends and colleagues. I had tremendous respect for him as a business man and admired him for how much he cared and loved his family. He will be missed.

Posted by Jim Schepp - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Friend   October 08, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Depiano Family. I will sorely miss your Father. Rich was a nice guy and a real gentlemen. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Patricia Roache - Devon, PA - Friend   October 07, 2019

So sorry to hear of his passing. My Condolences to you Rich Jr and all your family, your Dad was a good man, I enjoyed working with him, he taught me a lot. I am sure he will be missed by many. R.I.P Rich.

Posted by Ann Elles - Dalls, TX   October 07, 2019

our sincere condolences.our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Posted by raymond damiano - Boca Raton, FL - Family   October 07, 2019

Rich, may you rest in peace. You truly were a good man. Your friend, Joe Cannon

Posted by joseph cannon - broomall,, PA - Friend   October 07, 2019

Rich. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and God Bless your Dad, as he is in the most peaceful wonderful place now with those he's missed. Love you.

Posted by Christine C. Stewart Stewart - Fairless Hills, PA - Friend   October 07, 2019

My deepest sympathies to Anne Richie Jr and Cindy for the loss of someone so special in your lives. Rich was an amazing man who dedicated his life to his family and to those causes he felt worthy: he was definitely a role model to look up to. I am a second cousin but because of my mom, Connie, we were always very much intertwined with the DePiano family. My mother loved Rich and Anne as if they were her own children and she spent many hours with them from babysitting Rich when he was young to working for Ann in her later years. She loved every minute she spent with your family and we came to love all of you as well. You have such beautiful and crazy memories of Rich to cherish And to keep alive in your hearts. I know my mom was waiting with outstretched arms to greet him as he crossed over. Aunt Mary and Uncle Dan were tight there with her too!! Rich will now watch over all those he loved and he will make sure you know you are loved. I will miss you cuz. Maybe you can get the cousins club going in heaven. Those were some of the best family get togethers. No more crappy pain, just the love of those who cherished you here on earth and those in heaven too!!

Posted by Dona Marie Fabrizio - Ridley Park, PA   October 06, 2019

I enjoyed your company at every Salus Board meeting. Bill Collins

Posted by Bill Collins - Sarasota, FL - Friend   October 06, 2019

My sincerest condolences are sent to
Ann , Rich and Cindy and the entire family.
Rich and I knew each other for many years. He was a true professional in his field. Rich , the pain is over and you are with all those who passed before.
May God welcome you with open arms and may you rest in eternal peace .

Posted by Roxanne Spatocco - NJ - Family   October 05, 2019

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