Richard George Park
“The Big Guy”
Passed away peacefully September 8, 2021 after a short illness. Predeceased by his sweetheart Doris Ann (Auer) Park, after 59 years of marriage and beloved son Thomas Henry Park, whom he sorely missed. Also, Parents Alexander and Charlotte Park, Brother Charles and sister Margaret and Niece Sue Sherwood. Survived by his eldest son Richard Alexander Park, who was his constant companion for the last decade of his life.
Also survived by nephews Chip Park and Dan Bowdey, Jim Acker and Dave Gross. Nieces Donna Vogler Clark, Bonnie Park Hahn, Heather Bowdey, Priscilla Bowdey Hendrickson and Joy Bowdey churchman. Along with numerous friends, family and wonderful caregivers. Special Thanks to Lori Tubilo, Michelle Richards and her Ultimate Grace Team, along with the fine staff at Highland Hospital.
Born on October 21, 1923, at Heberle Road, He attended Ridgewood Grammar school and Franklin High School. Dick served in the naval air corps as a combat pilot, in both WW II and Korea. James Michner was a war correspondent stationed on the Carrier USS Antietam during the Korean War, his novel Bridges at Toko-Ri was loosely based on the exploits of Dick’s Squadron. Between wars Richard was a member of the Naval Reserve and attended college on the GI Bill, graduating with honors from Denver University
He Began Wolcott-Park, Inc. in 1963 with Don Wolcott and after a lot of hard work and long line of great employees, saw it become a multi-million-dollar international distribution company.
An avid golfer “lefty” belonged to Ridgemont CC until his retirement in 1993, moving to Estero, Florida and joining Estero CC, where he continued to impress all with his putting prowess.
A memorial service with be held on October 2, 2021, at White Haven Memorial Park, Creation Chapel, 210 Marsh Road at 12;30 pm. Reception immediately following at Oak Hill CC, 145 Kilbourn Road.
In Lieu of Flowers please consider a donation to:
P.O. Box 23581
Rochester, N.Y. 14692
Patriot Guard Riders of N.Y.
P.O. Box 637
Wappinger Falls, N.Y. 12590