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Devoted husband of 71 years, proud father of six children and dedicated community volunteer, Richard Putney Oakley died on February 21, 2013 at the age of 92. Richard was happily married to his wife, Stella, and together they had six daughters: Loretta (William) Wallace; Eileen (Charles) Bradley; Allison (Michael) Place; Diane Nell; Roberta Oakley Pedersen (Roy); and Suzanne Oakley Villars (Rick). He was pre-deceased by his son-in-law Gary Nell. Richard is survived by nine grandchildren: Karen (Dan); Jennifer; William, Brian (Katie); Garett (Cristal); Mariannne (Mitch); Carly, Eric and Christopher; and three great grandchildren: Gabriel, Scarlet and Austin. He is also survived by a sister, Jean; his brother George pre-deceased him.
Richard was first and foremost a family man who loved and looked after his immediate and extended family, all of whom share innumerable good memories of family vacations, summers at Candlewood Lake, trips to musical events and home-cooked dinners. He lived most of his life in Pleasantville, New York. He graduated from Pleasantville High School and New York University. He began a 60 year career as an investment banker in New York City where he became a partner in Lehman Brothers and then Goldman Sachs. From 1973 to 1977, he was Chairman of the Board of Siff, Oakley and Marks in NYC.
Throughout his life, Richard was an active community volunteer. He was a Pleasantville village trustee, member of the Recreation Advisory Committee; the Pleasantville Fireman's Band and the Pleasantville Foundation for Learning. He was a trustee of Northern Westchester Hospital and Chairman of the Mt. Pleasant Industrial Development Agency. He served on the building committee for Holy Innocents Church and was instrumental in raising and investing funds for the new church. He was a Rotary Club member and Paul Harris fellow. He raised funds to provide the Mt. Pleasant Public Library with an elevator to provide accessability.
Richard gave unfailingly of his time to his family, community and profession. His love of music continued throughout his lifetime. He will be missed by his family and the Pleasantville community which he served. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Pleasantville Rotary Scholarship Fund or Pleasantville High School Scholarship Fund.
A funeral mass will be held at Holy Innocents Church, Bedford Road, Pleasantville, New York on Monday, February 25th at 12:45 p.m. A memorial service will be scheduled in the spring.
Published in the The Journal News on Feb. 24, 2013