Richard William Pilat
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Richard W. Pilat, fondly called Ricardo, passed away peacefully at his home in Auburn, Calif. on October 13, 2013 after a year long battle with cancer. Richard was 81 years old. He was surrounded by the love of his family.
Richard was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Andrew and Mary Pilat and older brother, Albert Pilat. As a native of Cleveland, Ohio, Richard attended John Adams High School. He graduated from Ohio University in 1954 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in advertising. Richard served his country during the Korean War as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. He praised his military experience as a "life changer". His military service allowed him to travel and "see" the world.
Following his military career, during Richard's working years, which expanded over 50 years, he enjoyed three different careers. The first was the airline industry from 1961 to 1967, joining Alitalia Airlines as a young manager, which took Richard from Ohio and relocated him to California, again enjoying travels around the world. In his second career move, Richard became a stock broker in the investment business from 1967 to 1971. Richard's third career was in the real estate industry from 1971 to 2005, taking him to Lake Tahoe, Hawaii, the San Francisco Bay Area (Pacific Union) and Placer County. This final career allowed Richard to sell a variety of real estate as well as owning and investing in real estate properties.
Richard enjoyed the Lake Tahoe, Carnelian Bay area where he and his family enjoyed a second home. Richard loved driving his sports cars, hiking and walking his dogs, the Reno Air Races, traveling, entertaining family and friends, engaging in lively political debate and watching the World War II-era T-6 trainer aircraft fly around the Auburn Municipal Airport. Richard and his wife Shandis moved to Auburn from the Bay Area in December of 2001. He developed a deep interest in the history of the "Gold Country". Richard served as a Docent for the Gold Country and Bernhard Museums in Auburn. He loved people, loved to talk and loved to tell a good story. Richard W. Pilat absolutely enjoyed every bit of his amazing life.
Richard is survived by his wife, Shandis Pilat, of 18 years and two daughters by his previous marriage to Lorraine A. Webb, Alexia Pilat, of Los Angeles, Calif. and Andrea Pilat of Westport, Connecticut.
A private memorial gathering for friends and family is being planned and will be announced.
Richard was an avid supporter of our American veterans and would be honored by contributions in his name to the The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or email address: woundedwarriorproject.org
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Oct. 27, 2013