Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00
Richard Thomas Dykes, of Port Washington, passed away peacefully on Aug. 31, 2009 at the age of 72. He was the beloved husband of Stephanie, and loving father of Susan, Peter, and Justin. He was predeceased by his father Bernard E. Dykes Sr. and mother Margaret Orr Dykes as well as his sister Margaret B. Dykes Busse and brothers, Robert Orr Dykes and Ronald Kennedy (“Buzzy”) Dykes. He is survived by his brothers, Bernard E. Dykes Jr. and James B. Dykes Sr.
Richard was born Oct. 6, 1936 in Glen Cove and lived in Port Washington his entire life. He attended Flower Hill Elementary, Weber Junior High School and Paul D. Schreiber High School. He briefly attended C.W. Post College before voluntarily enlisting in the United States Army. He served proudly in the Army and was honorably discharged following his term.
After returning from the service, Richard was blessed with the birth of two children, Peter and Susan. He later met and married Stephanie Teff, with whom he happily remained for 25 years, until his untimely passing. He raised Stephanie’s son Justin as his own. Richard spent the majority of his working life at the Port Washington Water Pollution Control District, retiring from the district in 1997 as the operations foreman. He also spent many years with Delux Transportation.
Richard was an avid golfer, a singer and lifelong lover of music, and later a devotee of crossword puzzles. He was a member of the Port Washington Lion’s Club, and was involved in numerous community activities throughout his life.
Richard’s grace, decency, generosity and ever-present humor brought light and comfort to the lives of all he touched. Throughout his years with us, he was not only befriended, but beloved by those around him. The memories of moments shared with him will be profoundly cherished, now and forever, by everyone God gave the gift of his companionship. He will be dearly missed.
Richard may be visited by friends at the Austin P. Knowles Funeral Home, 128 Main St., Port Washington, on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Disabled Veterans of America.