Richard Wailionis was born in NYC in 1935. He and his family moved to CT at the onset of WWII. He graduated from St Michael Grammar school in Derby, CT in 1949 having the greatest admiration for the Sisters of Nazareth, his teachers. They set his path for his life to come.
He attended the local high school and went on to study engineering and related disciplines receiving a BS, MA and PhD. At one point he was a US Marine Reservist prior to an active enrollment in the US Army where he trained with the US Navy at Indian Head MD specializing in explosives and bomb disposal.
He has an extensive background in manufacturing and was an adjunct
professor at Fairfield, Sacred Heart and Teikyo Post Universities in CT from 1985 to 2000. Also within his career path he formed and led three big bands from 1953 to 2012.
He now resides in Summerfield, FL with his wife Carolyn at his side in all of his adventures, and is musically active with a band from Orland, FL.
Stories for Ava
In "Stories For Ava" two families merge in the
exciting tale of adventure and misadventure
starting in central VT and progressing to a
mystery cave in northern VT.
Follow the two Davis girls who are in second and
third grade from everyday life into helping a
wounded wolf and her cub.
Grasp the life lessons learned not only by the
students but also the parents, town officials and
teachers within every day living. Live alongside
of the two Davis families as they experience
many learning situations.
Then into the antics of a fellow classmate who
cannot stay out of trouble. And a budding
friendship of a school teacher and the local
Finally the Davis girls, their cousins and a
troublesome boy explore a cave with hidden
excitement. Many lessons learned are exploited.
Although written for children this adventure
captures the hearts of all young and younger
This story came to fruition when the author
relived his experience when telling his daughter
Suzanne a VT family story back in 1964. And
now the story continues approximately some 60
years later telling stories to Ava, his great grand
daughter. He and Ava are some 1250 miles apart
but the relationship continues through emails,
mail and facetime. Greatness of family, nothing
can compare with it.
Now as a great grand father he relives the
excitement of story telling he once realized with
his daughter Suzanne.