Father Richard V. Testa, 87
Father Richard V. Testa, 87

Father Richard V. Testa, 87, formerly of Troy, died on Dec. 11 at St. Joseph’s Residence in Enfield, Conn., after a long illness.  Father Testa was in the loving care of the Little Sisters of the Poor, where he had lived since early 2018.

Born on Sept. 17, 1933, in Troy, Father Testa was the son of the late Victor and Jennie (LaCross) Testa. He graduated from Siena College and Fordham University and served in the United States Army from 1953-55.

A priest for almost 50 years, Father Testa was ordained in the Diocese of Albany in 1971 and served in parishes in the Diocese until his retirement several years ago. Most recently, Father Testa served for 13 years at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Watervliet and at the Apostolic Formation Center Retreat Home in Somers, Conn.

Father Testa is predeceased by his brothers: Father David R. Testa of Ave Maria University and Robert S. Testa of New Mexico.  He is survived by his foster brother, James R. (Nancy) Delaney of Latham, his sister-in-law, Lorraine Testa of New Mexico, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Dec. 18 at St. Augustine’s Church in Troy, followed by interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Donations may be made in Father Testa’s memory to the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Joseph’s Residence, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield Conn., 06082.