Richard Lintal

Richard E Lintal

Thursday, October 14th, 1948 - Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
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Richard E. (Rick) Lintal
Horseheads, NY
Age 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Rick was a lifelong resident of Horseheads graduating from Horseheads High School in 1966 and Mansfield University in 1970. His career in education began as a Special Education Teacher in Elmira Heights. As his career advanced into administration, Rick became the Coordinator for Special Education Services and CSE chair for the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour School Districts. He later served as principal at Broad Street and Fassett Schools. At the time of his retirement in 2005, he was Director of Student Services for the Horseheads Central School District. Rick’s lifelong passion for learning never ended as he was nearing the completion of his doctoral degree in education from the Fielding Graduate Institute. Additionally Rick served in the National Guard, was Justice for the Town of Veteran, was on the Board of Directors for Able-2 and supervised numerous Special Olympics activities. He dedicated his life to working with students with special needs, helping them to find a fit in the community and to find meaning and purpose in their lives.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Julia Lintal. He is survived brothers Dave (Debbie) and Don (Ellie) Lintal, nephews Marc (Gina), Matt (Jackie), Michael (Alison) and James Lintal and his long-time special friend and soulmate, Carol Witt and her family.
Private services will be held at the convenience of Rick’s family. Expressions of sympathy may be made to honor Rick in the form of donations mailed to the Community Foundation at 301 South Main Street, Horseheads, NY 14845 and noted to the “Richard E. Lintal Scholarship Fund” or online at This scholarship is set up specifically to support either a Horseheads High School student who will be enrolling in a Special Education teaching program or a graduating special needs student planning to pursue further education.
Rick loved people and possessed a unique ability to engage and connect with them. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
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    Maple Grove Cemetery
    715 Broad St.
    HORSEHEADS, NY 14845
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Private services will be held at the convenience of Rick’s family.


Donations are being accepted for: Community Foundation .


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Liz Maloney

Posted at 08:56am
I am sorry to learn of Rick's passing. I knew him over the yrs. in various ways. First as a young guy hanging at Garrick's with his friends. I was hanging there, too. He took me skiing one time and that was enough. Later, when we were both professionals I knew him and even worked with him in regards to a few students at Broad St. School. I admired him greatly. He dedicated himself to providing a wonderful safe environment for students struggling with learning disabilities, behavioral issues and developmental issues. The most touching graduation ceremony I ever attended was at Broad St. School to honor graduates from that program. Rick presided over it. He was an amazing man. Liz Maloney

Steve Whalen

Posted at 05:47pm
I last saw Rick over dinner at the Elbow. His lively discussion was the same as when I first met him around 1979. I was new to the area at the time. Making friends with people like Rick and many others made me realize this community had a special significance. This was best exemplified by Rick’s enthusiasm during a simple discussion. Enthusiasm is one of the traits that most endeared Rick to his family and friends. In the long run, Rick’s value to the community is best judged by those of you he wanted to associate with, which means all of you. I will miss Rick’s laugh. Steve Whalen

Bob Goodwin

Posted at 10:55am
Seeing his name like this is so sad. He was a friend in High School; never a harsh word, always friendly. After moving away in '68 to the Army, I lost touch with most of those kind folks who became great memories.

Maxine Piecuch

Posted at 12:15am
So sorry to hear of Rick's death. He was a great boss when I worked for him as his secretary in Student Services.

Barb Fitzsimmons

Posted at 09:27pm
I had the pleasure of working with Rick at SCT BOCES. He was on the interview team I met with and I was fortunate to work with him in Odessa and Watkins Glen and at Broad St. His commitment to the students and families was inspiring. I was always amazed at how much information he carried in his head about each student! Rick’s kindness, commitment and great sense of humor will not be forgotten. Carol and the Lintal family have my deep sympathy.
Barb Fitzsimmons

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