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.