Obituary for Richard Bertoldi
Richard Bertoldi, 81, of Ft. Myers, Florida, died on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Dick grew up on the south side of Chicago and graduated from Mount Carmel High School. He received an engineering degree from the University of Illinois and served one tour of duty with the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a successful businessman who started his career in the early 1960’s with Swift, Henke & Co., a securities firm specializing in market making in over-the-counter securities. In a few short years, Dick became president of the company and established branch offices in New York, St. Louis and Los Angeles. His career extended almost forty years with Swift Henke and, subsequently, J.B. Richards Securities, Inc., a company he founded in 1980.
He was a passionate sailor. Dick cruised most of the harbors of Lake Michigan and southern Canada. He could be found most Wednesday evenings racing his sailboat on Lake Michigan. He also raced many port to port races, including the Chicago-Mackinaw Race. He cruised extensively in the Bahamas and the Caribbean with his family and friends.
Dick is survived by his wife of fifty years, Donna (Raffay) Bertoldi. He was very proud of his two daughters and their families, Jessica (Brian) Madigan and Leslie (Jack) Ahren, and his four grandchildren, Anika, Juliet, Caitlin and Andrew. He is also survived by his sister, Lucy Klingenberg, his mother-in-law, Mabel Raffay, as well as loving nephews, a niece and numerous cousins (in the U.S. and Italy). Dick was incredibly loyal and generous to all who knew him. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he met.
The family will receive friends on May 10, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Avenue, Lake Forest. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dick’s name to Mount Carmel High School or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.