Richard Earl Dyer, proud son of the Old Dominion, the Commonwealth of Virginia, passed away bravely in Sarasota, Fla. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
He was born May 27, 1933, in Washington, D.C., the devoted son of Albert Rosewell Dyer and Etta Mae Jones, both from Fairfax County, Va.
Richard succumbed to complications of Alzheimer’s disease, which he valiantly lived with for 15 years.
Richard Earl Dyer is survived by his four children, Renée J. Dyer, of Oakland, Calif., Cynthia Louise Dyer, of Tampa, Fla., Thomas Richard Dyer, of Alexandria, Va., and Paul Gerard Dyer, of Apollo Beach, Fla; his first wife, the mother of his four children, Eleanor Bickerton Dyer, of Alexandria, Va.; his loving daughter-in-law, Melissa Morris Dyer, of Apollo Beach, Fla; grandson, Troy Jared Dyer, of Alexandria, Va.; and several generations of nieces and nephews from the Perine and Bickerton families.
Also surviving dear Richard are his compassionate second wife, Geraldine Reinburg Dyer; her daughter, Sallie Ann Roe; and grandchild Dayna Hunter Sisk. Dick was fond of his close relationship with his granddaughter Dayna, who creatively called him “Big Daddy.”
On, June 27, 2013, Richard was predeceased by his beautiful and protective big sister, Alta Erma Dyer Perine. May she rest in peace, and may she be reunited with her brother as she prayed and believed was God’s plan.
Richard’s family gratefully acknowledges the administration, nursing and care staff at Tarpon Point Skilled Nursing Facility in Sarasota, Fla., and the unceasing dedication of the palliative care delivered to Richard by Tidewell Hospice. To both of these teams, thank you for unflinchingly offering dignity to Richard’s everyday life.
Our hearts are saddened with the loss of our father, grandfather, husband, friend, uncle and coach. We bid fond fare thee well to a great player in life; you were our hole-in-one Pop.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The National Alzheimer’s Association at ALZ.org.