William Richard (Dick) Fleckner, a resident of Williamsburg, died peacefully Dec. 31, 2012 after a long illness. He was a resident of New Canaan, Ct. (1976-2004) prior to retiring in Williamsburg.|
Born in Montclair, New Jersey on Nov. 15, 1930, Dick attended and graduated St. Aloysius Parochial School and Grover Cleveland High School in Caldwell, N.J., joining the Army ROTC in 1948. In 1952, he received a bachelor's degree in History from Fordham University and in 1957, earned a L.L.B degree from Fordham University School of Law.
Between college and law school, he served as an artillery captain in the U.S. Army, stationed in Weisbaden, Germany during the Korean War.
After graduating law school, Dick began a long career in banking within the Wall Street financial services industry in New York, beginning at Guaranty Trust (Morgan Guaranty) in the corporate trust department. He later moved into various management roles as an investment specialist throughout the 1960s-1980s, employed by several Wall Street shops including Paine Webber, Merrill Lynch, Shearson and Winthrop Securities. He working as a trader, money manager and independent broker/dealer focusing on tax advantaged investments within the real estate and oil and gas industries.
An avid tennis player, skier and an extremely accomplished pianist, Dick's greatest joys included being a husband, father and grandfather, and entertaining family and friends with an impromptu performance of a George Gershwin melody or Burt Bacharach sing-along.
Dick never passed up the opportunity to gather with a fun-loving group of people, whether it was with his family, the tennis and paddle tennis crew at the Lake Club, the Vermont ski crew, friends from St. Francis Episcopal church in North Stamford, his Wall Street colleagues or the New Canaan Senior Men's Club. Before his illness, he also enjoyed the many Ford's Colony activities he participated in, including tennis, Book Club and Travel Club.
Dick is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Patricia Clawson Fleckner of Williamsburg; 3 children: Gail Fleckner Denton of Peter's Township, Pa., William R. Fleckner Jr. of Weston, Ma., and Laura Marie Fleckner of Norwalk, Ct; and 6 grandchildren: Chad Denton, Annie Denton, Catherine Denton, Celia Fleckner, Jack Fleckner and Henry Fleckner.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg at www.williamsburghospice.org/Donate-Now www.williamsburghospice.org/Donate-Now> , 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, 23188; or Williamsburg Faith in Action at www.wfia.org www.wfia.org> , 354 McLaws Circle Suite 2, Williamsburg, 23185.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4, 2013