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Richard Nathans

Lake Wales, Florida

Dec 17, 1944 – Nov 2, 2019 (Age 74)


December 17, 1944
November 2, 2019
Lake Wales, Florida


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Marion Nelson Funeral Home Inc. - Lake Wales Obituary

Richard Alan Nathans, 74
Richard A. Nathans, age 74 passed away on November 2, 2019 at The Oaks of Avon in Avon Park, Florida.
He was born in Holton, Maine on December 17, 1944. Richard was predeceased by his father, Sydney Benjamin Nathans and Mother Twyla (Nicklin) Nathans. He is survived by his wife, Joan (Kumar, Bologa) Nathans, son Nicholas Nathans and his life partner, Sarah De Lair, son, James A. Bologa and his wife Stephanie and grandchildren Julianna Bologa, Madeline Bologa, Evan Bologa, and daughter, Kristine Bologa-Majkowski and her husband, Robert “Bob” Majkowski, and grandchildren Alex Miller, Alyssa Meireles, Antonio Meireles, Adrien Meireles.
He served 4 years in U.S. Navy as a Fire Control Technician working on the U.S. Navy’s F-4 Phantom aircraft. After discharge in 1968, he attended Holyoke Community College and American International College graduating in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He went on to earn his Master’s in Business Administration degree from American International College after becoming a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Massachusetts. In 1984, he and his family moved to Florida where Richard continued his career spanned 45 years until his retirement in 2015 after 15 years at The Grove Center in Lake Wales, Florida.
Richard was an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Wales, Florida where he was an Usher on Sunday and served Sunday morning breakfast. He also volunteered at Bok Tower. He was active in Boy Scouts of America for 45 years, and most recently was a Shooting Director for the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Lake Region District.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 5:00PM until 7:00PM at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Lake Wales, Florida. Following visitation and beginning at 7:00pm, a celebration of his life service will be held at Marion Nelson Funeral Home on Buck Moore Road, Lake Wales, Florida.
Entombment will begin at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the Sarasota National Cemetery located at 9810 State Rd. 72 Sarasota, Florida where friends and family are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America at Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Lake Region District in Tampa, Florida. Condolences may be sent to the family at or rjnathans

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Dear Family: I have just read about your loss and so sorry, "Mr Nathans" was so kind and good to my father,
James Oliver, and me, when Daddy was at the GROVE CENTER for six years. The care and love of everyone there
gave more time on earth for him!!

Roma and I offer our condolences to Joan and family, and we express our gratitude for their providing the video link to Dick's memorial service. Viewing it brought back many memories of time spent with Dick and other friends in Chicopee Falls during our high school and college days. We take solace in the shared stories of happiness Dick brought to so many.

Dick was a good friend to my family and also my boss. I remember all the good times we had together with the families..


Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family. I have many fond memories of Dick during the time we spent together in Scouting, in which he impacted the lives of many young people so positively. We will miss him, and we wish you and your family all the best.

Earl Richardson

Dear Joan, Jim and Kris,
Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness and loss. Eric and I have great memories of your family as Springfield neighbors and friends. After babysitting, Dick gave me a job at the nursing home which paid for college, and directed my future professional course. Thank you very much.

Thinking of you and remembering the good old days in Chicopee. With sincere sympathy, Paul Olbrych

Our thoughts and prayers are with Joan and her family during this difficult time. We will all miss Dick and are thankful he is now free of pain.

Joan and family;
We are very saddened with the loss Dick, he always was there when ever some one needed a hand or just to listen. A better friend can not be found. We will miss him. Our prayers are with you and family.

My prayers are with you Joan in this difficult time. I pray the wonderful memories you have with Dick and knowing he is walking those streets of gold with our Savior will carry you through. God bless.