Clarence Richard Hedgecock
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Aug. 1, 1920 - Dec. 1, 2012
Clarence Richard Hedgecock passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2012, with his wife Norma and son Scott at his side. Known to all as Dick Hedgecock, he was born on August 1, 1920 to Victor Owen Hedgecock and Elizabeth Randall Hedgecock in Redford, Michigan. He passed in Pasadena, California, his home for over sixty years.
Dick Hedgecock was a star athlete at Redford High School, lettering in multiple sports including football, baseball, ice hockey, and tennis. He and Norma Jean Creed met during high school, and were married on October 4, 1941. Dick served his country in the Navy during WWII as a Radioman aboard the USS Burleigh, and was part of the invasion of Okinawa.
Following the war he worked with his in-laws James and Alice Creed in their large cafeteria in Detroit, and what followed was a twenty-five year career as a restaurateur. Moving to California in the early 1950's, Dick and Norma opened up the Byliner restaurant on Raymond in Pasadena, in what is now the heart of the thriving Old Towne Pasadena area. He later owned and operated Hank's Fine Foods in South Pasadena.
An early retirement from the restaurant business left Dick with time on his hands. Friends who had admired much of the handmade fine woodwork items in their home asked him to build them a piece of custom furniture. His second career was born and for the next forty years he worked out of his home shop as a woodworker, craftsman, and general handy man. Countless residents of the Pasadena area have fine cabinetry and woodwork in their homes that was created by Dick. Many others will remember him as the man who could fix anything, and was always on call to help out friends, neighbors, and customers with just about any home repair need. Working into his 80's, Dick finally retired once again.
Dick along with his wife Norma were long time churchgoers in Pasadena, having been members of the First United Methodist Church, St. James United Methodist Church, and for the past twenty years enjoying fellowship at Bethany Church of Sierra Madre. Dick devoted countless hours to church related activities as a youth counselor, class leader, Deacon, and volunteer.
Dick is survived by his loving wife Norma Hedgecock, son Scott Hedgecock and his partner Tim MacDougall, grandson Justin Hedgecock, sister-in-law Sarah Linthicum, and a host of friends and neighbors who fondly remember his generosity of spirit, gentleheart, and quick wit and sense of humor.
Graveside services at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, on December 8, at 10:00 am, and a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 15, at 1:00pm at Bethany Church of Sierra Madre.
In lieu of flowers, please follow the example of Dick Hedgecock and quietly do something nice for someone who may be in need. If you wish do make a donation in his memory please consider the
, or the Fullerton Academy of the Arts Foundation (FAAF).
Published in Pasadena Star-News from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9, 2012