Richard W. Pacharz

“Be Here Now.”

Richard Waldman Pacharz passed away suddenly on Jan. 1, 2014 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., surrounded by his loving family. Born in Rockville Centre in 1945 to Lillian and Henry Pacharz, he was a graduate of Baldwin High School, Baldwin, N.Y., and Rider College, Lawrenceville, N.J.

He was a long-time resident of Saranac Lake, owned and operated Audio Vision in Lake Placid for many years, and was known for his random acts of business. Richard made friends wherever he went. He was passionate about skiing Whiteface with the crew and golfing with his buddies in the summer.

Richard was a caring, generous and gentle husband, father and friend. His zest for life was contagious, and he will be forever missed.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Cynthia Tarbell Pacharz; his devoted sons, Abraham and Austin; his loving sister and her husband, Rose and Rudy Valentine; and many caring sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Please join us in celebrating his life at 11 a.m. Jan. 5 at the Lake Placid Synagogue, 2301 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid.

To honor his passion for the Adirondacks and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wild Center, 45 Museum Dr., Tupper Lake, NY 12986 ( or Adirondack Mountain Club Inc. at 814 Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845 (

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Family and friends can share their memories and sign the online guestbook at