It is with grief-laden hearts that we announce the passing of Richard Robert
Peloquin, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and mentor. He is survived by
his wife of 57 years, four children, and nine living grandchildren (one deceased). Sadly,
he left this earth on August 24, 2022, after battling health issues.
Richard moved with his family to Tampa, Florida, in 1971 and settled here to
begin his long and illustrious career as a foreign language teacher at Jesuit High School.
Over the four-plus decades that he taught there (from 1971 t0 2016), he instructed
students in Latin, French, and Spanish. He had an affinity for languages and loved to
encourage his students to appreciate their nuances as much as he did. Prior to teaching
at Jesuit, he taught at Kilroe Seminary of the Sacred Heart in Honesdale, Pennsylvania,
for five years. He attended the University of Massachusetts and held a Bachelor of Arts
in Latin from the University of Vermont and a Master of Roman & Greek Classical
Studies from the University of Michigan.
“Mr. P,” as he was famously known by the students, faculty, and staff of Jesuit
High School, devoted his life to educating, nurturing, and mentoring thousands of
young men on their journeys to becoming “men for others.” He espoused honesty,
integrity, faithfulness, selflessness, humility, and ownership as foundational qualities in
character-building, all of which he possessed. “Mr. P” was a natural educator who had
an innate talent for balancing discipline and humor in his classroom. His students
learned quickly that he meant business but that he also had a fun-loving, mischievous
side that they welcomed and valued. He certainly made his mark on the culture and
legacy of Jesuit High School and was nothing short of a legend around campus.
“Dick,” as he was fondly called by his family and close friends, was ever eager and
willing to lend a hand whenever anyone needed anything. He never complained or
performed the task grudgingly but always with a glad heart. He had a great sense of
humor, appreciated a good joke, and cracked many of them himself. He enjoyed
listening to country music and Christmas carols and could be heard singing hymns in
church. “Dick” was an avid reader who passed his love of reading on to his children. He
enjoyed traveling to Europe when he could (Rome was his favorite) and watching sports
on TV. He never met a cup of coffee he didn’t like; his favorite pastime was taking a
peaceful nap on the weekends.
Family functions will never be the same without you, Dad. The chair you always
sat in will remain silent and empty, filled only by your stoic spirit, for who can ever
replace you? Who will bring the camera to take photos to chronicle the event for all of
us? And who will send the emails out to everyone the next day as proof of the good times
for posterity? You are and will forever be dearly missed! Godspeed to a good and faithful
servant of God.
His lord said unto him: “Well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful
over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of
thy lord.” (Matthew 25:23)