Dick was a 1964 graduate of Skaneateles High School and went on to graduate with an Associate Degree from Cayuga Community College. Dick has had many accomplishments in his life. He served in the US Army as a helicopter mechanic from 1966-1972.
He was an integral part of the Mottville Fire Company where he served on the Board of Commissioners for 20 years. Dick was a member of the Robert J. Hydon American Legion Post 239 and performed the role of co-chair for the Bell Jar Committee. For many years he was on the committee for Operation Christmas Hope to aide Veterans and their families. As a member of Post 239, he received the prestigious Erik J Amberge Selfless Service Award.
Dick was a past President of the Board of Directors for the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce and was involved in the annual Classic and Antique Boat show where he served on the committee for several years. Dick loved his church family and was on the Vestry for 8 years. He was affiliated with the Laker Limo Transportation Van where he volunteered and served as Vice President.
Dick was known in the Skaneateles community as the helpful and smiling face at Skaneateles Savings Bank where he started working in 1972. He had a wonderful career in banking with Key Bank and M&T Bank, where he retired after thirty-eight years in 2010.
Dick is survived by his loving wife Dorothy (Timm) Pitman of forty-nine years. He and Dot loved to garden, travel, dine out and get together with family and friends. Dick also leaves behind his 4 children, Mark (Krista) Pitman, Long Island, NY, Geoffrey (Bethany) Pitman, Skaneateles, NY, Michael (Stephanie) Pitman, Skaneateles, NY, and Jennifer (Collin) Kirkpatrick, Aiken, SC. To cherish his memories are his eight beautiful and loving grandchildren; Nathaniel, Benjamin, Lily, Owen, Amelia, Avery, Kelsey, and Zoey; Sisters Joan Clark, Venice, FL and Karen Gilmore, Marcellus, NY. Special Sister-in-Law Heidi Oney, Skaneateles, NY and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dick was pre-deceased in death by his parents Reese and June (Sweet) Pitman.
Calling hours for Richard will be held on Tuesday, March 21st from 4 to 7 pm at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles.
A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, March 22nd at 10 am at St. James Episcopal Church, Skaneateles with a private burial to follow.
Contributions may be made to the Robert J. Hydon American Legion Post #239, 1 Wainwright Lane, Skaneateles, NY 13152 or to the Mottville Fire Company, P.O Box 9, Mottville, NY 13119.
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