Richard James Puchalski Passenger Heart Attack Death Explorer of the Seas – On Sunday, July 31, 2016, Attorney Richard (Dick) James Puchalski from Chicago, illinois was traveling aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship Explorer of the Seas with his family to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Explorer of the Seas was docked in Juneau at the time, but rather than have Puchalski taken offboard to be seen at a hospital. Dr. Saunders prescribed metoprolol.
By the time Richard Puchalski arrived in Anchorage, his condition had deteriorated and he ultimately passed away on August 4, 2016.
For the past forty years Dick worked as a prominent pension, labor, employment and immigration attorney. He was a founding partner of several successful law practices with the most recent being Puchalski Goodloe Marzullo, LLP. Dick worked hard all his life to provide and care for his family. His strong work ethic and commitment to his wife, Cheri, of 41 years and family lives on in his children, family and friends.
Dick enjoyed cooking, gardening, playing the piano, the Premier League Tottenham Hotspur team, and Ron Rico rum (double tall, splash of Diet Coke, and one ice cube).
Dick was instrumental in starting the Remembrance & Survivors Fund in 2003 to provide financial assistance to the families of Illinois police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Susan; his children, Cliff (Cindy) Puchalski, and Laura (Jeff) Goodloe; his brothers, Dennis (Mary Ann) and Don (Ginny) Puchalski; and sisters, Connie Puchalski and Bonnie Heraty.
The family filed a wrongful death suit against Royal Caribbean, and a federal jury in Miami awarded the family $3.4 million.
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