West, Sr., Richard David "Dick"
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Jan. 26, 1937 - Jan. 6, 2014
Richard David West Sr., (Dick), 76, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away, January 6, 2014.
He was born January 26, 1937 to parents Harry and Alice West. Dick was a lifelong resident of Sarasota and graduated from Sarasota High School. He was married to Linda Gayle West (Gayle) for 58 years.
He retired from Sarasota Herald-Tribune after 35+ years as Classified Sales, Manager and Department head. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid bowler. His family was of paramount importance to him. He especially enjoyed his many trips to the family cottage with his grandchildren. Mostly he will be remembered for his amazing sense of humor and bright outlook on life.
Dick was a member of The Church of the Redeemer. He was also a longtime member of Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.
He is survived by his three children, Debbie Stoothoff (Robert) of Sarasota, FL, David West (Karen) of Brandon, FL, and Dena West of Sarasota, FL; three grandsons, Cody Stoothoff of Sarasota, FL, Chase Martin of Sarasota, FL, and Tyler Martin (Stephanie) of Gulfport, MS and great grandson, Cole Martin.
Dick is also survived by his siblings, Virginia (Ginger) Anderson of Venice, FL and Roger West of Wilder, TN.
A Memorial Service will be held at The Church of the Redeemer; 222 So. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM.
A remembrance reception will follow at Southgate Community Center; 3145 South Gate Circle, Sarasota FL from 2:30 to 4:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Dick's name to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, www.JDRF.org (click on Memorial Donation). (800)-533-2873
Published in Herald Tribune from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2014