Richard Gottfried
October 27, 2018

Visitation Information

November 1 2018 - 2:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

Funeral Information

November 1 2018 - 4:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

To be added soon 


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My condolences go out to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I grew up in Uniontown and the Gottfried residence was around the corner from my house. I was a member of the Uniontown Tree of Life Synagogue. I very well remember little Dicky and his smile. He will be in the hearts of everyone who has known him.

By Paula Smith Ganson - November 03, 2018

Peg. Rich was a funny intelligent, faithful, man and. Devoted husband. Please know the the entire Class of “81” morns his loss with you. May his memory be for a blessing. We are all here to support you going forward.

By Dr Jane Segal - November 02, 2018

Our sorrow at the loss of such a good man and a wonderful human being is great. Both you and Dr Rich, were so good to us for many years. God bless, his family and may the Lord be close to all of you at this sad time. Monheim Family

By Mary Lou Monheim - November 01, 2018

From Toronto, sharing your sadness and sending deepest condolences. May his memory be for a blessing.

By Michaele-Sue Goldblatt - November 01, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss...i met Rich thru my parents, Helene and Marty Harris...words cannot express my sorrow...peace be with you during these difficult days...

By jeff harris - November 01, 2018

We in the Montreal Jewish community stand with you during this very difficult time. On Monday of this week, more than one-thousand Jews stood shoulder to shoulder with you in our local temple condemning hatred and anti semitism in all forms. L’Chaim!! Buruch Dayan Emet.

By HM - November 01, 2018

Our sincere condolences to Peg, Debbie, Bonnie, Carol, and all of Dick’s beloved family. We are so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Seder that he lead last year. Witnessing Dick’s passion for and personal connection to the ceremonial meal was truly impactful. He was a man of such strong faith, love, and caring for all. Our hearts and prayers are with you all as you celebrate Dick’s life and how he touched the spirit of all who knew him.

By Anthony and Christina Sisto - November 01, 2018

Drs Peg and Black our deepest sympathy for your terrible loss. What kind of evil takes the life of a man who was tolerant of everyone. Your are in our daily prayers. May God give you strength . Ron and Patti Smith

By Patti Smith - November 01, 2018

To Bonnie, Carol, and Debbie. You have our sincere condolences on the passing of your Brother Richard. We have very fond memories of him. He was a good childhood friend and we'll always remember the fun and the sound of his laugh growing up in Uniontown. Rest in Peace Dickie.

By Chris, Bill, and Russ Zack - October 31, 2018

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this most difficult time. Our entire community mourns with you. We pray for peace and love.

By Anonymous member of the Sq Hill Community - October 31, 2018

Don and Debi, Our hearts go out to you and your family. Your amazing strength and grace has been a beacon to us all. We love you. - Jess and Steve

By Jessica Nulph - October 31, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. Words are never sufficient enough to lessen the pain you feel from such a hate-filled and cowardly act of violence perpetrated on your loved one. I hope and pray that in the days, weeks, and months ahead, the family can find a measure of comfort and peace in God’s promise of a resurrection. Isaiah 26:19.

By Pamela Strong - October 31, 2018

To the family of Richard Gottfried, May God bless and comfort you during this time. I am sorry for your loss. Melanie Jordan

By Melanie Jordan - October 31, 2018

Dear Peg, Family, and Friends, I am saddened by your loss and send my heartfelt condolences. Dr. Gottfried will, without doubt, be missed. His enthusiasm, happy smile, philanthropy, and volunteer spirit leave a legacy that will endure. Please cherish your good memories and focus on them, and may they provide solace. God is close to the brokenhearted and those crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18, 19). He is for you a safe place and strength; a help that is readily found in times of pain and distress. He will comfort you and give you the courage and strength to cope. May he comfort your broken hearts.

By Davis - October 31, 2018

Though I have not seen 'Dicky' since 1973 when I graduated from undergrad at Pitt, I have reflected recently on our time together sharing fun and laughter as we became great pinochle buddies with fellow friends Helene, Cindy, and Pat. I was very saddened and shocked to see Dicky's name among the victims at Tree of Life. My condolences to you all, and I am sure that everyone from our Uniontown community recalls Dicky and your entire family. May his memory be a blessing.

By Paula Simon - October 30, 2018

Peg, please accept our deepest sympathies in the tragic loss of Rich. We so enjoyed connecting with Rich and meeting you during a WWME retreat in the late 1980's near Pittsburgh. (Rich and I graduated from HS together.). Rich never chgd only became more loving, kind and giving throughout the years. (I loved his humor.) Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Gary and Jeannie Vig; Huntington WV

By Gary and Jeannie Vig - October 30, 2018

Peg. My heart is breaking for you and for your loss. Know that my family is praying for you and will continue to do so. Asking God to give you strength in the days ahead. If we can do anything please ask

By Donna Crnkovic - October 30, 2018

For Bonni and your family we extend our deepest condolences from Chris Hensler & Trish Henry, your Stephens' sisters.

By Chris Hensler DeStefano & Trish Henry Lawson. - October 30, 2018

May his memory be for a blessing. Sending our deepest condolences and love

By Fern and Bryan Daves - October 30, 2018

Dear Carol We are all in tatters and grieve for the loss of your dear brother and his fellow congregants. Profound condolences to you, your sisters and your entire family. Wendy

By Wendy Bennett - October 30, 2018

I was so grieved to hear of Dr. Gottfried's passing! He was a very kind and gentle man who has left a lasting legacy, not only in the Dental Community, but in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. I am eternally grateful to have worked with & known both Rich and Peg! Dr. D.,if you need anything at all, please let me know! Sincerely.......

By Cathi Stefanski Book - October 30, 2018

May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Was a friend of Richard’s during his junior and senior undergraduate years at Pitt. To this day, I remember the many conversations we had regarding politics while playing epic canasta tournaments in my dorm room.

By Marijo Bodis Diaz - October 30, 2018

The memory of Richard\'s warmth and smile will be in my heart forever. My heart is with you now.

By Earl F. Hack III - October 30, 2018

Dr. Richard Gottfried was a good and holy man. I knew him well. He wore his devout faith like a badge of honor. His compassion for his fellow man was well known, not only as a volunteer at Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center but as a compassionate dentist at Squirrel Hill Health care Center, where he and his wife Margaret served the immigrant and under-served population of the Pittsburgh area. He served our Heavenly Father (El Shaddai. El Elyon) in many ways, not the least of these was by serving his fellow man by providing access to care to those who often times fall through the cracks of traditional health care services. At 65 years of age his awesome life was cut short by a gunman at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill early yesterday. He will be missed more than words can say.

By Richard DeFilippo - October 30, 2018

Carol I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your brother. I remember all the happy times we had as kids. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. God Bless. Wendy Lishnoff Miller

By wendy miller - October 30, 2018

To Carol Gottfried Black With heavy hearts, we offer our sincere condolences for the tragic loss of your brother, Richard. May the love of those surrounding you bring you the peace and comfort in the days ahead. Many share your feeling of loss and honor the depth of your sadness.

By Dr Chen, Dr Hillman, and Staff of Pittsburgh Ear Associates - October 30, 2018

Cindy and I send our prayers for Peg and all of her and Rich’s family and friends. I was blessed to have known Rich for 30 years. We talked, golfed, ate together. Every week, Peg, Rich and I shared a Marriage Encounter dialogue question and discussion. We made a presentation at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Oakmont on The Passion of the Christ. His rabbi taught an adult education class at our church. This led to me presenting a class on Catholic-Jewish relations at New Light Congregation. He and Peg invited me to their home for dinner, Sabbath and Passover celebrations. A wonderful transcendent man.

By Paul Cwynar - October 30, 2018

May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult period, please accept our sincere condolences.

By Michael and Dee Stevens - October 29, 2018

Heartfelt condolences!

By Carolyn J Nickerson - October 29, 2018

Please accept my most sincere condolence on the loss of your mate,if there is anything I can do for you please contact me.

By Robert A Wunderlin Sr - October 29, 2018

Peg, you and Rich have been such a blessing in our lives. We will always have good memories of how you have cared for us. May God bless you and hold you in His hand.

By Tony & Diane Sadar Claire,Faith & Christine - October 29, 2018

Peg I am praying for you and your family and all the other families affected by this tradgity. May god bless you and your family and may god stand by u and the families and guide you all and give you the strength to heal. God is very mysterious and does things we don’t know why but as long as we keep the faith we are in good hands. David Welsh

By Peg Durachko - October 29, 2018

I live in Toronto, Canada and I wanted to reach out to the family of this very brave man who was tragically killed last Shabbat. I want the family to know that Jews around the world mourn with you. I hope the wonderful memories you have of Richard help you get through the days to come and your family never feel this pain again.

By Arlen Zacks - October 29, 2018

I will keep you in my prayers in this time of sorrow. 🙏

By Claire Munshaw - October 29, 2018