POST--Dirck Hooper, passed away on Tuesday, March 13th. Born on December 28th in 1932, Dirck's father passed away when he was two and a half years old leaving him and his sister Lynn to be raised by his mother, Esther. He was an intelligent boy who mostly kept to himself, with a passion for dinosaurs. He attended college at Harvard University with the intent to major in paleontology but instead he gained a bachelor's degree with a major in Russian History. The year he graduated, Dirck married Barbara Jean Spence. Together they raised three boys, Robert, Timothy and Michael. A year after their third son was born, Dirck and his family moved to a house in Washington Township, New Jersey where they lived for many years. Dirck's vocation was in the world of finance where he had great success. As a banker, he was instrumental in the financial health of companies such as the Ice Capades, and the Harlem Globe Trotters. Along with the big companies, he also helped individuals. Dirck enjoyed bringing all sorts of people to financial stability. In 1983 after a struggle with cancer, Barbara passed away and Dirck found himself a widower. His sons were grown and starting their own lives so he adjusted to living as a bachelor once again. Some time after that, Dirck met Nancy Menegaz who would become his second wife. Together they appreciated fine dining, good wines, and travel. Nancy became Dirck's main support through difficult times including the loss of his son Timothy from leukemia, his mother's passing, and later his accident. In 1993, Dirck suffered a serious biking accident that proved nearly fatal. He fought his way to recovery with help and support from Nancy and their family. This was effectively the end of his career as he went on extended disability. During his recovery and retirement, Dirck and Nancy decided to marry. On Columbus Day in 1994 they held a ceremony on a beach in Charlestown, Rhode Island a town they now called home. In his later years, Dirck's physical abilities declined until it became difficult for him to move about. He spent much time in his recliner, although he still enjoyed weekly bridge games. He still gave help and advice freely to his family when asked. During this time, Dirck found more friends in the people who came in to help him with his daily routine, cooking and cleaning. They loved Dirck and enjoyed their time in his company and he welcomed and cared greatly for them as well. Finally, his health took a turn that he wasn't able to fight his way past. After a mercifully short time in Hospice care, Dirck passed on. He is survived by his sister Lynn, Nancy, his wife, his sons Bob and Mike, Nancy's sons Greg and Glenn and daughter Michelle. A memorial to Dirck can be found at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/dirckpost.
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Published in The New York Times on Mar. 29, 2013