Mr. Policastro was my boss on S.I. N.Y. at Rutgers Dist.
He was a Great guy , always treated us fair and with respect .
I feel really bad he passed I had no idea , I would of went to pay my respects .
My condolences to his family .
Forever in your Hearts & souls, Richie will always be.
Marta Saltiel Hess
My condolences. Such a great person through the years, from a great family who gave much, an example of how to live life. Rest easy, Richie.
Tony Pawlik said it so well for so many fellow DKEs and Rutgers Football players who knew Rich. Like Tony, I feel like I just lost an older brother. No one was a better example of what it is to be a Rutgers man. I had a chance to meet Rich and watch him play when I was in junior high at South River and my dad was coaching at Rutgers. Rich made my decision to play at Rutgers an easy one. He and Lynda were a fantastic couple and always fun to be around. To Lynda and family, our condolences. Rich will always be remembered and held in the highest regard by the entire Heilman family. Don and Diane Heilman
As someone who played at Rutgers after Richie, he always felt like an older brother to me. Whether it was after one of my games, and you know he was aways there....or at a Rutgers football or social function, a DKE outing or just playing golf over the years, his easy, ever present smile, upbeat attitude, or his overall demeanor - you always felt comfortable with Richie and proud to be part of the Rutgers Football Family. His records stand but more importantly his impact on me and a whole bunch of other Rutgers Football players who knew what it meant to play "On The Banks" are heartfelt and in the highest regard...Deepest sympathies to Lynda and the family.
Good bye my friend, you will be missed,
My Condolences to all of Richie's friends and family. You are in my prayers. Coming from South Plainfield, I was aware of Richie's excellence on the football field before we both showed up at the Virginia Military Institute in September of 1965. We all suffered through the trials and tribulations of the VMI "Rat Year" and, as Jersey Boys at VMI, we tended to support each other. Richie went on to bigger and better football things at Rutgers and I remember seeing him play there. While families and careers put us in different places, I did catch up with him by phone a few years ago and he was just as friendly and outgoing as ever.
Rest in Peace, Richie.
Poli and I shared a ride from New Jersey to Lexington being recruited to VMI by Sam Timer. The trip initiated the friendship and a pledge to each other to get through what was about to come; two Jersey Boys unaware of how life was about to change on and off the football field. Through our Rat and 2nd year, we tried our hardest to infuse some northern culture into our spartan surroundings sharing pepperoni care packages sent from home.
Richie was a natural leader who earned respect from all who knew him, his smile was infectious and his genuine warmth was evident with each brother rat embrace. He inspired me.
Rest in peace Poli.
I only met Richie a couple of years ago and we both felt a strong bond and became fast friends. I miss him dearly- he was family. Poly was an amazing man, kind and giving with only positive words for others. He let slights pass and was always kind and thoughtful of others.
He went to church weekly and exercised almost daily. Poly was a role model for us all. I know I’m better for having met him.
The only consolation is that he is now with God.
We will all miss him dearly.
To Poli's entire family: I knew Poli as the quarterback of the Rat Football Team at VMI in the fall of 1965. We were all 'lost as a ball in high weeds" at VMI, and as Brother Rats, and as a team, we supported each other and became close. After Richie transferred to his dear Rutgers, I'm afraid I lost track of him up until a few years ago. But ... a VMI Brother Rat is a forever thing! I found his phone number some time back and we caught up. Since then, I've corresponded several times via email.
I was so very shocked and saddened to hear of Richie's death. Even after all these years, I recall and appreciate the leadership he gave to our team, and the friendship we shared. My sincere condolences to Lynda, his children, and all his family. My wife and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers, and we pray for the repose of Richie's soul. He won't be forgotten.
RAH VIRGINIA MIL!