Richard H. Laird

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Richard H. Laird Richard H. Laird, age 84, of Chambersburg, PA passed away December 10, 2013 at The Village of Laurel Run. He was born May 31, 1929 in Chambersburg, PA the son of the late Jesse and Floss (Michaels) Laird. He was married to the late Sondra Lightner Laird. Richard was a star athlete while attending CASHS. He lettered in basketball and football. He was awarded three different scholarships for football, but chose to enlist in the United States Navy, where he served dutifully for four years. Dick was a master carpenter, whose over 40-year career in construction, encompassed all types of building projects. He worked as a union carpenter on Camp David and the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950's. He handcrafted numerous homes in the Guilford Hills area, which are still being enjoyed by families today. After relocating to South Florida in the mid 1960's, Dick helped construct high rise condominiums on the Galt Ocean Mile in Fort Lauderdale. He went on to build many of the early computer and electronics factories in the Gateway Industrial Park in Fort Lauderdale. From there Dick worked with national construction firms, as a construction manager building projects at Oak Ridge in Tennessee, Aircraft Rebuilding Hangers at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fl, office buildings in Miami, FL and vacation resorts in the Caribbean Basin Area. Dick then started his own business in Fort Lauderdale, FL, building homes, commercial buildings and many remodeling projects. He finished his career working for Lennar Homes in Miami, FL, building many commercial buildings and what could be called the crown jewels of his career, the Doral Silver Course Country Club and the Tamarac Theatre for the Performing Arts in Tamarac, FL. His vivacious spirit and contagious personality inspired all who knew and worked with him. People wanted to work for Dick and gave him their best. He was a true giant in his field. Richard was a resident of the Village of Laurel Run for seven years. The family would like to thank all of the staff and the residents for their care and friendship during his stay. His high school classmates gave the nickname "Hoot" to Richard and this nickname remained with him and suited him throughout his life. His charming personality accompanied with a wonderful sense of humor made him a person people wanted to be around. "Hoot" always made people laugh out loud and put smiles on the many faces he encountered. He was a devoted husband, loving and supportive father, and a wonderful "Pappy" to all of his grandchildren. He will be great missed by all who knew him. He is survived by daughter, Judy (wife of Dr. David) Laird Hartzok, son, Richard H. (husband of Deborah) Laird Jr. and daughter, Betsy (wife of Tim) Laird Heird. Richard is also survived by the following grandchildren: Jessica Broadwater Flack and husband Daniel Flack, Nicolas Laird Broadwater and wife Amy Broadwater, Kyle Laird, Prince Malmberg, Terri Malmberg, Beau Malmberg and 9 great grandchildren. Services are private and at the convenience of the family. Cornelius Funeral and Cremation Services are handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at
Published in Public Opinion on Dec. 14, 2013
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