Richard W. Height

Richard W. Height

AGE: 80 • Spring Lake

Richard W. Height, 80, of Spring Lake, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday morning, Oct. 7, 2012. Dick was born and lived his entire life in Spring Lake. After his graduation from Asbury Park High School, Dick took over his family business, Height's Garage on Morris Ave. in Spring Lake. Dick and his wife Peggy Jane purchased the Spring Lake Variety Store in 1971, and worked there together for 25 years. Dick continued to work there part-time for a number of years.

Dick enjoyed walking and visiting his friends on 3rd Ave. He always had a friendly smile and a wave of his hand, whether he was walking through the A&P, Kmart or along the Spring Lake Boardwalk. He also loved watching his favorite New York sports teams, The Yankees, Giants, and Rangers. Dick proudly served Spring Lake as a volunteer firefighter, and was an "Exempt Member" of Goodwill Fire Company #2. He was also a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Spring Lake, and Ocean Masonic Lodge #89, F.&A.M.

Dick is predeceased by his beloved wife, Peggy Jane; his parents, Leon and Maybelle Height; his brother, Lee; his sister, Janet; and his son-in-law, Jim Mandich. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Lynn; his daughter, Bonnie; his grandchildren, Sharon, Christopher, Michael, Mark and Nicholas; great-grandchildren, Isabella, Alex, RJ, and Christian; and his niece, Nicolee.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan. The Funeral Service will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Brielle. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Goodwill Fire Company #2, 311 Washington Ave., Spring Lake NJ 07762. To send condolences to the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 10, 2012