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On June 3, 2013, Richard Lane died in a tragic automobile accident in Melbourne, Florida. He was 43.
He leaves behind his wife of 18 years, Molly (McInerny); children, Gretchen (10) and Henry (4); mother, Patricia; brother, Tim; sister, Cindy; and five nieces and five nephews.
Rich was born in Lynchburg, Virginia on January 2, 1970. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Purdue University and an MBA in pharmaceutical marketing from St. Joseph's University. He served in the Indiana Army National Guard.
Rich spent many successful years working in the pharmaceutical industry before becoming a small business owner. Rich was a dynamo who was an enthusiastic and valuable community leader and volunteer. He was a soccer coach for his daughter's team at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School. He was a District Governor for Rotary International, a Past President of Melbourne Beach Rotary Club, a Director on the Board of the South Brevard Sharing Center, and a Past National President of Chi Phi Fraternity. Rich was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Rich's children were his proudest accomplishment in life and he played an active role in their daily lives. He felt extremely lucky to have many life long friendships. Rich was a charismatic quick-witted person who could light up a room with a funny story or joke. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, learning how to dive for Florida lobsters, and cooking fabulous meals for family and friends. Rich left a gigantic void in his family as well as his friends and the community. He was much loved and revered.
A celebration of life will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3780 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM. A reception in the Parish Hall will immediately follow the service. Burial will be private.
Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home
1010 Palmetto Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32901
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on June 16, 2013