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Obituary for Richard J. DePiano

July 19, 1941 - October 3, 2019
Devon, Pennsylvania | Age 78

Beloved Father and Grandfather

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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.

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