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Richard Masters

Richard S. Masters passed away on Thursday morning December 22. Richard was born January 12, 1936 in Jacksonville, Florida.

He was a graduate of Bishop Kenny High School and the University of Florida. After serving his country in the U.S. Army, he was employed as a chemical engineer in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He married Suzanne Hall at St. Michaels Catholic church in Fernandina on October 27, 1962. He was reminded at his 80th birthday party that it was the best decision he ever made and he wholeheartedly agreed. In 1967 they moved to Paris, TN with their two daughters Stephanie and Shannon and lived there 9 years before moving to Chicago, IL in 1976. While in Chicago he owned and operated Chicago Manifold a rubber roller manufacturing business.

In addition to working hard, Richard was a man who loved spending time with family on the beach in Fernandina. He enjoyed hiking, biking and snow skiing adventures with family and friends. He also enjoyed planning trips and travelling with his wife Suzanne. Richard liked to enjoy the beach with his family and was most happy when he could boogie board, play bocce ball, walk or bike on the beach.

Richard was a generous man who wanted to make his own impact on the world. He traveled to Haiti where he worked to improve drinking water. Additionally in Ethiopia he helped build schools. He was an active parish member at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his brother George, his wife Suzanne, cousin Bill Krechowski, 2 daughters Stephanie Corbett and Shannon Straughn, 4 grandchildren Ian and Owen Corbett and Sarah and Megan Straughn. He will be dearly missed by family and friends who knew and loved him.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at St. Michael Catholic Church with the Reverend Father Richard Perko, Celebrant.

Richard Masters will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery.

His family will receive family and friends on Tuesday morning, from 9:30 – 10:30 am at Oxley Heard.

5 Condolences

  • Jamie Lovett Posted December 28, 2016 9:17 am

    “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” E. Roosevelt

  • Walter Miller Posted December 28, 2016 2:06 pm

    Having gone through grade school at St.Paul’s and high school at Bishop Kenny I have fond memories of Richard. I recall sitting on his porch in Murray Hill ,at his Mother’s request,helping him improve his reading. We must have been successful from the looks of the success he enjoyed in his life. A really genuine nice guy ! Also fond memories of Richard the scrappy little guard for the Crusaders football team.. Fortunate to have him as a friend.

  • Lee Nichols Posted December 28, 2016 11:42 pm

    I offer my sincere sympathy to Suzanne and the family. Richards infectious laugh is most memorable to me. We had many fun gatherings over the years at Fernandina.
    Suzanne and Richard have been the guardian angels for my sister Lou, and for that I am truly grateful. May you rest in peace Richard. You will be rewarded in Heaven for your good deeds here on earth.

  • Renee McGinley Posted December 29, 2016 12:14 am

    I have great memories of Fernandina, many that include sitting on my Aunt Lou’s deck with family, Richard and Suzanne, laughing and enjoying life. My thoughts and prayers to Suzanne and the girls. Rest in peace Richard.

  • Patty Ward Foulk Posted December 29, 2016 3:33 pm

    Richard’s parents and my parents were very dear friends. I have fun memories of he and brother George during the growing up years at Bishop Kenny. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.

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