Richard "Dick" Farmer

Farmer, Richard ?Dick? age 67 of Windermere, FL went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 9, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Born December 31, 1944 to the late Eugene and LaVerne Farmer, Dick graduated from Evans High School in 1962, and in 1966 married Beverly, the love of his life. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, he was the owner of Dick Farmer?s Harley Davidson of Orlando until his retirement in 2000. Dick?s life revolved around his family and friends. He was well known for his easy smile, recognizable laugh, and always having a story to share. People often remarked that when he entered a room, even strangers took notice. He enjoyed being on the water, and spent many weekends boating on the St. John?s River. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling the country in their RV. No matter where they traveled, he never met a stranger. Dick shared a tight bond with many of his school friends, and was always willing to lend a helping hand or sympathetic ear. He was an avid golfer and, until his illness, could be found on the links several times each week. Dick also enjoyed restoring classic cars, and took great pride in completing his final two projects, a 1961 Impala and a 1986 Monte Carlo. Dick was dedicated to helping others, and was involved with several charities, but those related to children were especially close to his heart. He donated generously to his church and to countless other organizations. As a Harley Davidson dealer, one of the mainstays of his life was motorcycle riding. He rarely missed a local motorcycle event, was a regular at Daytona Bike Week, and coordinated and led numerous benefit rides, and poker runs. His wife and daughters were frequent riding companions, and both they and their grandchildren have inherited his love of riding. In his later years, nothing gave him more joy than spending time together with his five grandchildren. He especially enjoyed waterskiing and boating with them last summer at their Tennessee vacation home. He will be greatly missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. Dick is survived by Beverly, his beloved wife of 46 years, daughters Ginger (Mike) Chickvary and Karen (Jeff) Reardon, and grandchildren Michael, Sarah, Olivia, Ava and Eliza, siblings Lynne Farmer Lehman, Patrick Farmer, Donald Farmer, and Norman ?Scoop? Sloan, his parents-in-law Brandon and Betty Foster, and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service will be held from 2-4PM, Sunday, December 9, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Windermere, 300 Main Street, Windermere. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Give Kids the World, or FBC of Windermere?s One Project.

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 18, 2012