Richard J. Drake, Jr.
5/31/1953 - 2/5/2014
Richard was born on May 31, 1953. He passed away on February 5, 2014 at the age of 60. He was raised in Newburgh, N.Y. and graduated from New York University in 1975 with a degree in liberal arts.
Rich will be remembered for his outgoing nature, sense of humor, and his loyalty to his friends and family. He was employed for over 30 years in the laser optics and photonics industry, primarily in sales and marketing, and became a resource and mentor to many of his peers throughout the U.S. and overseas. Rich's passions included skiing, scuba diving, travel, good food, good books, and physical fitness. He also volunteered at the Placer County Jail to support inmates in addressing issues of addiction. His love of diving the world's oceans took him around the world from: the California coast, Florida, and the Bahamas, to many exotic locales including the Red Sea, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Truk Lagoon, Belize, and most recently to the Philippines and Palau.
Richard is survived by: his wife Doreen and stepdaughter Rachael Harper; his mother and father, Margaret Davenport Drake and Richard J. Drake of Newburgh, N.Y.; sister Victoria (Joe) Hibbard of Belmont, Mass.; brother Edward (Maria) Drake of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; nieces and nephews Kathryn Hibbard, Bill Hibbard, Elena Drake, and Nicholas Drake, and many cousins.
Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life to be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at his home in Auburn.
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Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Feb. 11, 2014