Richard W. Say

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OLEAN - Richard W. Say, of 1004 Vine St., passed away peacefully Friday (Sept. 14, 2018) in his home, in the loving presence of his family.

Born Nov. 18, 1940, in Olean he was the son of Delton Say and Helen Williams Say Pickard. On Oct. 7, 1972, in Obi, he married Sylvia Kisel, who survives.

Richard was a graduate of Olean High School, Class of 1958, and first began employment in sales. For over 15 years he worked for the former MDS Lab in Olean, later Quest Diagnostics Corp. as a medical courier.

Richard enjoyed politics and served as an alderman for the city of Olean as well as made an unsuccessful bid for mayor. He certainly enjoyed talking about the politics of the day and was the voice and face of a local television program called "News and Views."

Years ago he was part of an organization known as the "Hawks." The group enjoyed making and flying to-scale model airplanes. They later joined with the current STARS Club and Richard stayed active for many years with this hobby. He employed his engineering talent and started a business called "Aero Plans and Parts" where he created and sold plans around the world.

He was a history buff and had a keen interest in learning war strategies, especially of WW II. In more recent years he developed woodworking skills and used his talent to make cabinets and furniture for his home.

He was loved deeply and will be missed profoundly by his wife Sylvia of 46 years; and his four children, Ellen (Jeffrey) Herner of Portville, Laura (Tod) Baker of Tecumseh, Mich., Jason Say of Olean and Pamela Say of Glenwood; his five grandchildren, Richard Herner, Cheyenne Herner, Jacob Baker, Kendrah Baker and Amelia Witter, will also forever miss him.

Sylvia and her children welcome family and friends to her home for visiting from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 22, 2018). Light refreshments will be served throughout the day. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a blessing that will be offered in acknowledgement of the gift of Richard's life.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Homecare & Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean. Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Sept. 15, 2018