Dick passed away peacefully in his home in Macedonia with his beloved dog by his side. He had been battling many health issues for seven years but succumbed to vascular dementia.
He was raised in Solon, but always had a special fondness for Chagrin. As a young adult he made many lasting friendships there and became known as “Dugan” to many. Dick was loving, hardworking, loyal and loved tradition. He had a very dry sense of humor. He was always “up” for a party and loved to entertain.
Dick graduated from John Carroll University, married, and began a career in distribution, leading to his thirty-year career with May Department Stores. He truly enjoyed his job and the friends he made there.
He and his wife, JoAnne (nee Laughlin) lived in many homes of diverse style and age. His appreciation of old architecture, distinctive interiors, and beautiful landscaping was reflected in these homes. He took great pride in his home improvement and landscaping achievements. His home was his castle. An avid antique collector, he had a great sense of style and an eye for detail.
Dick was really a “dog guy”. He even brought one home in the loaded station wagon from a family vacation in Nantucket. He loved them all, but his golden retrievers were his favorites.
Dick’s two sons, Todd (deceased) and Jonathan (Chelsey), would remember their dad as a loving “all bark and no bite” kind of guy. He loved to provide for them and spoiled them often. He was the cool dad that made a BMX trail in the woods, took you to KISS concerts, beer can shows, and paid for college.
Jonathan’s beautiful daughters, Marley and Maddie, were so loved by Dick, although sometimes Grampy became known as Grumpy. He enjoyed watching them do all those “cute” girly things as they grew up.
If Dick had parting advice, it would be…kiss your spouse, hug your dog, pour a tall one, and enjoy life.
A donation in Dick’s memory could be made to any animal shelter of your choice. Graveside services will be private. Arrangements made by the Spear Mulqueeny Funeral Home, Painesville, Ohio.
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