Date of Birth July 31, 1930
Date Deceased April 13, 2024
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date April 23, 2024
Service Time 10 a.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell

Richard Anthony Argentieri

HORNELL – Richard Anthony Argentieri, Rich, also known to some as Riccardo, passed away Saturday April 13, 2024, at home, surrounded by his loving family. Richard was 93 years young.

He was the CEO and CFO of the Hornell Erie Credit Union until his retirement in 2016 at the age of 86. His career as a public servant in the state of NY spanned 50 years. He served in the United States Army, from 1951-1953. Upon returning home from Germany he met the love of his life Jo Ann Patti. They recently celebrated their 70TH wedding anniversary.

Richard passed on his strong work ethic to his family and taught them that giving back was its own reward.  He demonstrated that the strength of following one’s convictions, even if unpopular, was the only way to effect change.

The son of Italian immigrants Dora Iezzi and Enrico Argentieri, he was one of 7 children.

A humble self-made man with a family first philosophy. His loyal commitment to family and his community inspired his generosity. He was steadfast in his beliefs and always “Walked the Talk” expecting nothing in return. Getting the job done was his honor.

Richard is survived by his wife Jo Ann Patti Argentieri, his 4 children, Mary Ellen, Tracy, Courtney and Richard, his sister Doris Kaplan,10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Calling hours are 4-6 p.m. Monday (April 22, 2024) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell. Relatives and friends are invited to join his family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 23, 2024) and where committal prayers and military honors will follow.

In recognition of Rich’s military service, the United State flag and the Army flag will proudly fly at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (envelopes will be available at the funeral home) or at

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Rich’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Rich are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.





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14 Responses

  1. I am heartbroken on the passing of my dear friend Richard “Ricardo “ Argentieri. We had over a 50 year friendship, filled with many laughs and at times an abundance of tears. I admired his service to community and his caring attitude towards others. He definitely ran the good race, it is time to rest. He will be holding court at the Coffee Cup or the Texas in Heaven above. Rest in Peace my dear friend.

  2. My heartfelt condolences to the Argentieri Family. Rich was a very special person, husband, father, grandfather and citizen of the world. He will be missed and forever loved….


    Linda (Barrett)

  3. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jo Ann and the family. I remember Rich as a fun and outgoing person. May he be at peace now.

  4. Our condolences to the Argentieri family.. Rich was a great man with a kind heart. He will be greatly missed. It was a pleasure working for him At hefcu.

  5. Dear Mea and Argentieri Family
    I feel so sorry for your lost
    May God bless you and bless you
    Love you
    Marcia Lanfur

  6. Fly high Uncle Rich. Just seeing this pic of you brings back so many wonderful memories. You were the ultimate and first truly “Cool” guy.
    I would anticipate with glee what antics you and my dad would pull at family dinners at 16 Church. Laugh until we cried. Thank you, Uncle Rich. I hope heaven always serves your coffee with linen napkins!
    Love you
    Your niece Valerie

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man. He taught me so much about what I do now at the credit union. He was just a kind and humble man that made him so great. I remember Joan, Rich and I sitting at the credit union having a full-blown breakfast made by Joan. We could sit there and talk forever. I also remember having to go get his beautiful dog a plain hamburger from Burger King and when JoAnn was on vacation a rotisserie chicken at Wegmans so he didn’t have to cook. LOL
    Even till this day I still think of him often even though it has been years since I have seen him. I will miss him but carry great memories.

  8. Rich and my mother worked together for many years at Eire Credit Union Has time went on Rich and I became friends always discussing politics. When I was on Steuben County Legislature we served on several committees together. It sadden that I now live in South Carolina an I can not give my respects in person. RIP my friend

  9. JoAnn & family, So sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. A wonderful gentleman, and a true Hornell Leader, now watches over you all. God Bless you all at this difficult time.
    Tom Drumm

  10. Over the years, when I had an account with Erie, Rich was always very professional, very respectful, always giving great financial advice and went out of his way to take the time to speak to me whenever I saw him.

    It was apparent to me he was a man of integrity, genuinely cared about people and had a good heart .
    RIP Rich !

  11. My sincere sympathy to JoAnn and family. I worked for Richard at HEFCU many years and he was proud to serve the people. He said it was an honor that people put their trust in him and he took that very seriously. Richard treated everyone the same rich or poor. He always stood my his discussion. It was a learning experience working for him one I will never forget. Rip my friend

  12. As a kid in Hornell, I worked at the sub shop owned by Rich and his brothers. Loved those guys! Rich was a force, a guys, guy. He would joke, be kind when demonstrating the way to do something or the importance of a particular mundane task. He always had that undercurrent of destination, focus, purpose and clarity. A rare blend, iconic in a way. In my years away, I often have thought of Rich, just one of those guys that really leaves an impact on your life. What a great gift to have a man knitted by God to be a continuing blessing to his family long after his departure from this mortal plane.

  13. My Deepest Sympathy to JoAnn and children and family, sister Doris Kaplan, who went to HHS with my sister Kay. Rich and all the Argentieri’s have made lasting contributions to Hornell, for which all have benefitted and appreciated. Again, my Sincere Sympathy to all. Nancy Griffin Shadd

  14. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family. A good man. He helped me out when I needed it the most.

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