Richard M. Clandorf
Age 70 was born to his parents Michael T. Clandorf and Lorraine (Le Tarte) Clandorf on June 13th, 1951, in New York City, NY. The grandson of Oliver “Ollie” & Livia Clandorf (Paganelli). He passed on peacefully, in loving company, at Albany Med at ~3:30am, July 13th, 2021.
Richard was raised with his adoring grandparents in the apartment next-door. Growing up in Murray Hill, he attended elementary school two blocks from his home on 30th St and then went on to Power Memorial Academy High School on the West Side. It was there that Richard discovered lifelong passions for glee clubs, choir, theater, dance and chess. He went on to graduate LIU, C.W. Post college on Long Island, NY with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design.
In the 1970s, he owned and operated an antiques business with two locations; 240 East 25th Street, and 430 Hudson St. This gave Richard occasion to showcase his aesthetic eye, as well as proficiencies for carpentry and salesmanship.
On Christmas Eve in 1984, he was shot in the stomach in Hell’s Kitchen, holding his infant son, Evan, while interceding in a carjacking. Surviving this near-fatal attack, with a new lease on life, Richard moved upstate to Chatham NY in the late 80s.
Richard was larger than life. He possessed a joie de vivre marching to the beat of his own drum. Richard loved roller skating, pottery, art, classic films, waterfalls, carpentry, gardening, discourse and conspiracy theories.
He was an intuit, with effortless knowledge in wide-ranging disciplines and an eidetic memory. An avowed believer in the metaphysical, spiritual, and transcendence, he was at all times connected to alternate planes of experience, levels of consciousness and past lifetimes. He revered dragon flies, believing them to be old souls.
Richard was a chef extraordinaire in the kitchen; learning many cooking talents from his grandmother Livia and many more self-taught. Richard loved to cook, was fully intrepid in culinary exploration, often with almost alchemy-like experimentation, preparing meals and feeding people his various (almost always delicious) creations. His only allergy was wastefulness, creatively repurposing wherever possible.
One of Richard’s greatest passions was music. He listened and danced to music of all varieties. He loved to sing, whether to people or tomatoes, whether it was appropriate to or not. He sang as a tenor with the University glee club of NYC, and more recently loved singing with the Mendelssohn Glee Club of Albany; a form of second family for him. He volunteered with the Upstate Artist Guild and also with WAMC Northeast Public Radio as well as being an enthusiastic participant in the Honest Weight food co-op.
In recent years, Richard enjoyed a companionship with friend and partner Theresa Bucci, with whom he shared his zest for life.
Richard is survived by three sons and two daughters: Evan, Gabriel, Donato, Livia, Zoe and his daughter-in-law Alyssa with two grandchildren, Luca and Colette. He leaves two brothers Paul, Michael, a sister-in-law Mildred and his favorite nephew Kyle.
He will be cremated in Albany, New York and his ashes interred with his family at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery, the Bronx, within St. Anne’s section.
A memorial will be held on Tuesday, July 20th at the Hibernian Hall in Albany.
Richard lives on in our hearts and memories.
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