Richard Power

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hugh Richard Power, 72, of Louisville, passed away peacefully at the Episcopal Church Home on September 24, 2015. Richard was a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a bachelor s degree in political science. He went on to graduate from Webster University with a Masters degree in management and leadership. His career began with the FBI in Washington, DC and he later became the owner and operator of two private schools in Georgia, called the Hallie Turner Schools. After selling his schools, Richard worked with the Houston County Drug Action Council as Executive Director. From there he took a position as Community Relations Administrator with JM Huber Corporation in Macon, Georgia. He was hired in 1986 with United Catalyst of Louisville (now Clariant) as Lands, Contracts, and Public Relations Manager where he remained for 28 years until his retirement. After retirement, he continued to be a consultant with the company. Richard was a kind, caring, intelligent father and husband who made life magical for his family and friends. He taught his kids to run, to jump, and to play. He taught them to be gentle, to be caring, and to be genuine. He showed us the true meaning of having a positive attitude even in the face of great sickness. He taught us to live life to the fullest and to never, ever, look back. He was our protector, our best friend, and a hero to his family. His legacy will live on in those he loved. Richard was a former member of the Rotary Club of Macon and Augusta, Georgia, before moving to Louisville in 1995. He was a past member of the Park Hill Business Association and Pathforward of Kentucky. He was an avid supporter of Metro United Way, Fund for the Arts, Louisville Orchestra, Crusade for Children, The Louisville Zoo, and Everyone Reads Program with Jefferson County public schools. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth Purcel Power and Hugh Broughton Power, and a sister, Barbara Jeanne Power. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Carol Wilson Power; children, John Richard Power and Elizabeth Brooks Power Smith; son-in-law, Dr. Benjamin Edward Smith; sister-in-law, Mira Wilson; a sister, Susan Power Carroll; 2 nieces, Beth Barwick and Paige Barwick; nephew, Jay Barwick, and great-nephew, Elliot Priest. The family would like to thank members of Trinity On The Hill United Methodist Church in Augusta, GA and Hunsinger Lane Baptist Church of Louisville for their continued prayers and support. A special thank you goes out to our dearest friends, Sherry and Owen Parker, Bill and Sherrie Loeffler, our Albemarle family in North Carolina, Larry Hodges of Griffin, GA, Cathy Armstrong and Julie Parham of Augusta, GA for being by our side every day of this journey. The family also wishes to thank Dr. LaRocca and the caring staff at Norton Cancer Center for their kindness and care. Also, a sincere thank you to Dr. Cornett, Angela Etheridge APRN and a host of others at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville for their true kindness and loving care. A celebration of life visitation for Mr. Power was held on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane. Service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Power requested that donations be made to Norton Cancer Institute for Glioblastoma research or the Episcopal Church Home of Louisville. "The doctors told us what would happen. They said that the wind would begin to really pick up now. That the sails would start to straighten and that his boat would surely sail fast and free. They said not to fight the wind. And when you're ready they said, you will go gently into the night. Go gently into the night, sir. Tonight my Dad went painlessly, peacefully, and gently into the night. He was surrounded by his loving family as he always wanted it to be. My Dad was our protector, our best friend, and our hero. Above all, my dad taught us to be genuine people. To be kind and to be gentle and to be loving and to be compassionate. He taught us to run, to jump, and to play hard. To live and to love and to never ever look back. He showed us the true meaning of having a positive attitude even in the face of great sickness. His legacy will live on in those who knew and loved him. And his family will carry him in their hearts, forever." Sign the guestbook at The Augusta Chronicle-September 28, 2015

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