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Family of Ridgefield plane crash victim sets up education fund

October 24, 2018 GMT

The family of Richard P. Terbrusch, a Ridgefield attorney killed in a plane crash off Long Island, has established an education fund for his 11-year-old son.

Also killed in the crash were Munidat “Raj” Persaud — the owner and pilot of the plane — and Jennifer Landrum, who worked as a high school teacher in Georgia.

Friends of Terbrusch’s wife, Susan, and son, Grant, created a gofundme campaign to raise $100,000 for fund. As of Wednesday morning, $3,650 has been raised.

On the page, Susan Terbrusch wrote, “I am devastated to inform you of the sudden and unexpected death of my husband of 28 years Richard P. Terbrusch in a tragic plane crash on Oct 13, 2018. He was 53 years old. He is also survived by our young son Grant, who adored him.

“Many were touched by his caring and fun-loving nature, and in this spirit I wish to publicly remember him and ask for your support of our family through this difficult time. We are dealing with both the tragic loss of a husband and father, as well as the sudden loss of our sole income provider.

“I am asking for your support to help raise the necessary funds for our living expenses as there was no life insurance or any other type of savings to cover this sudden tragic loss.

“I appreciate all the love and support from our many friends, colleagues, and caring communities. My priority is our son Grant who many of you know has Autism, and therefore requires special care. Grant and I ask you to support our family by making a donation. Please donate what you can. Please also share my message to all your friends and families. Grant and I THANK YOU in advance for your generosity. God bless.”

Richard Terbrusch, a Ridgefield resident for 27 years, was the principal attorney with Terbrusch Law Firm of Danbury. He worked in the family court system in Connecticut supervising enforcement of child support orders and later as an attorney for the Chief Court Administrator of the Connecticut Judicial Branch responsible for the daily operations of the all State Courts in Connecticut.

According to his death notice, he was a cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law and served as associate editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review. He was an active member in the Ridgefield community serving as chairman of the Ridgefield Police Commission and a former member of the Ridgefield Board of Education and had been a guest lecturer at Western Connecticut State University.

He enjoyed fly fishing and was an avid equestrian and nationally ranked amateur polo player often playing for charity, most notably Friends of Karen and the Allied Forces Foundation.

In addition to his wife Susan, son Grant and parents Rosemarie and Walter, Richard Terbrusch is survived by a brother Walter and his wife, Renee; a niece and nephew, Amanda and Tyler along with many extended family members. Interment will be private at the direction of the family.

Persaud, the pilot of the plane picked Terbrusch up at the Danbury Municipal Airport before heading to South Carolina. Persaud, operated Oxford Flight Training, owned about a dozen planes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Longtime friend Andy Lucky told the News-Times Terbrusch had a passion for the outdoors and would often travel to the south to attend polo tournaments when the season in the northeast had ended. He said Terbrusch also had a passion for flying and was hoping to regain his pilot’s license.

Whether it was his love of polo or flying that resulted in Terbrusch taking the flight wasn’t immediately known.

“He had gotten his pilot license years ago, but let it lapse when he was going to law school,” Lucky said. “He has been earning hours with the goal of getting his license back.”

As of Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board has not yet released a preliminary report on what caused the crash.

To donate to the fund visit www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-richard-terbrusch or send to the Grant Terbrusch Education Fund, c/o Kane Funeral Home P.O. Box 459 Ridgefield, CT 06877