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Richard Rollin MacsherryJune 4, 1918 ~ October 12, 2017 (age 99)
Mr. Richard Rollin Macsherry died peacefully at home on 10/12/17 in Mount Dora, FL. at the age of 99.
Dick is survived by his three children Stewart (Beth), Richard H. (Debbie), Molly (Darden), four grandchildren, Stew (Mindi), Mellie (Charles), Packer (Mary), and Cappi, and five great grandchildren, Braxton, Amelia Rose, Marshall, Willa, and Jack. He is preceded in death by his devoted wife, Mary.
Dick was born on June 4, 1918 in Philadelphia, PA. to Richard Macsherry and Dorothy Wilbur Macsherry. He attended the Friends School in Washington DC and loved to tell about roller skating to the White House each year for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt Where On One occasion, he shook hands with Presidents Hoover and Coolidge. He also attended Lehigh University until the beginning of the second World War at which time he enlisted in the Seabees, a branch of the US Navy. He served in the South Pacific Theater through the end of the war. He married Mary Alice Hammond on June 24, 1948 at The Ledges in Alexandria Bay. Subsequently, Dick and Mary settled in Watertown, N.Y. and founded Seaway Motor Express, Inc. which, over the next three decades was a prominent intra NY state trucking firm. He and his wife raised three children. His children remember him as a hard Working, generous, faithful, community minded father who taught them by example.
As a young man Dick enjoyed golf, tennis, Snow skiing, and anything outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also loved rowing his skiff, any excuse to be on a boat of any kind on his beloved St. Lawrence River. His curiosity was boundless with what was going on around the World. He was a generous, witty, dedicated individual who saw great potential in everyone; so much so, that he invested in their futures through financial gifts and words of wisdom. As a refection of their love of reading, Dick and Mary built the MacSherry Library as another investment towards minds being stimulated through reading.
The foundation of Dick’s life was based on his faith in God and his love of the Episcopal Church. Wherever he lived he became an integral part of the Episcopal Community. The Church of St. Lawrence in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown, N.Y., and St. Edward’s in Mount Dora, Fl. were where he found his inspiration, sanctuary, and opportunities to serve within the respective communities. As part of his service to the communities he contributed to area hospitals and hospices. Among them were The River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., Samaritan Hospital in Watertown N.Y., St. Joseph Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fl., Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, Fl. and Hospice of Central N.Y.; as well as Salvation Army and United Way of Watertown N.Y. In addition he contributed to ministries in other parts of the country including Grace House Services in Jackson, MS., The Learning Community in Black Mountain, N.C., Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA., and other community serves.
His friends were countless, having never met a stranger. He was a member of The Society of the Cincinnati, various Rotary and Chamber of Commerce organizations, the Order of Masons, and US Power Squadron. From his poker buddies at “The Shack” in Watertown to his fishing and hunting buddies from Labrador to Moultrie, GA., Dick shared laughter, swapped stories, shot game birds, and caught many fish. His friendships continued with regular meetings of The Old Geezer Club. Dick will truly have an everlasting and exponential impact on all those he met in his lifetime.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, 11:00a.m., October 28, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church. 227 Sherman St. Watertown, NY with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Cornerstone Hospice 2445 Lane Park Rd. Tavares, FL 32778. The family is so very grateful to the love and friendship given to our father by Carol Schneider. The family Would also like to thank Kathy Handschuh, Craig Handschuh, Cathy Klein, Karin Linton, Barbara Lopez, Shirley Barber, River Hospital, and Cornerstone Hospice for their faithful, loving Care.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cleveland Funeral Home of Watertown, NY. Online condolences may be made to www.clevelandfuneralhomeinc.com
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