Richard Norman Wimpress Jr.

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Richard Norman Wimpress, Jr., 70, passed away on July 8, 2017, while scuba diving at Carysfort Lighthouse Reef off Key Largo, Florida. Born in 1947 in Pasadena, California, to Richard Norman Wimpress and Susanne Otis Wimpress, Rick was raised in San Marino and attended both San Marino High School and Polytechnic School in Pasadena, from which he graduated in 1965. At Christmas time, he strung the lights on the majority of the well-known trees on St. Albans Road in San Marino. Following high school, Rick received degrees in chemistry from the University of Washington, and during the Viet Nam war he served in the United States Army. Rick resided in Houston, Texas, for the majority of his career where he worked for several chemical and engineering companies. His final years were spent with Worley Parsons as a contract administrator. Having an insatiable adventurous spirit, Rick's passions included traveling, sailing, flying, enjoying the outdoors, and anything NASA related. He was with his trawler in Key Largo preparing for a trip to the Bahamas when he died. Rick is survived by his son Matthew Alexander Wimpress, his older sister Pamela Wimpress Mitchell and her husband Christopher, and his younger sister Cecily Wimpress Kipe and her husband Gordon. He is also survived by his nephews John Broadus Mitchell and Brooks Norman Farquhar, and nieces Sarah Otis Legins, Catherine Kirkpatrick Barber and Elizabeth McKenzie Kipe in addition to nine great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in the Houston area where Rick lived on August 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the Jimmie Walker Community Center in Kemah, Texas. A private Burial-At-Sea will follow in Dana Point, California, on August 19th. Memorial contributions may be made to Avon 39-The Walk to End Breast Cancer, and/or Texas Parks & Wildlife noting in memory of Richard Norman Wimpress, Jr.


Published on yourbayareanews.com from July 18 to Aug. 2, 2017
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