Richard Meyer

Obituary of Richard Stephen Meyer

Richard S. Meyer 4/25/44-7/3/10 Richard S. Meyer, a man with a big heart and gentle soul, died at his Aptos home on July 3, 2010, as he was held in his wife Marcia's arms, surrounded by his children, Tia Meyer and Rebecca Bennett. His strength and determination to live helped him endure over 5 years of cancer and the side affects of treatments. He was a true hero. He was a very special person. a loving husband and father, a devoted son, a joyful "Opa" to his grandchildren (Danielle and Gavin Bennett), a caring brother and friend, a dedicated worker and a giving man who was always willing to help someone in need. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren: drawing pictures; reading stories; playing pretend games; building electrical circuits; snuggling; and just being silly. His grandchildren adored him. Richard was born and raised in Southern California and moved to San Francisco in 1966. It was in the San Francisco Haight-Asbury that he met, Marcia, his life love and wife of 43 years. He had several careers including driving a UPS truck on the streets of San Francisco when he was a student at San Francisco State College and owning an exporting business. He received the most satisfaction from managing the financing, construction and modernization of public schools. It gave him such pride to know that he had a part in creating quality learning environments for children and youth. Some of his projects included: Starlight, Ohlone, Ann Saldo, and Live Oak elementary schools; Lakeview Middle School; Pajaro Valley, Saratoga, and Los Gatos high schools; and the Mello Center for the Performing Arts at Watsonville High School. Richard is also survived by his very remarkable mother (Evelyn Meyer), sisters (Joanne Hester and Marilyn Peacock), his brother (Michael Meyer), numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and his beloved dogs (Mazel and Daisy). His father (Bernard Meyer) preceded him in death. The family wants to thank all the doctors, nurses, aides and medical staff that were so incredibly sensitive and supportive throughout his medical challenges, especially his angels at Hospice. Richard's life as well as his love of a good BBQ and party will be celebrated on Sunday, July 18, 2010, at 12 pm, at Aptos Village Park. Contributions in his memory can be made to the TBE/Opa Fund (for Families with Children with Special Circumstances), 3055 Porter Gulch Drive, Aptos, CA 95003 or to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. In Richard's life the best you can given your circumstances, love your family, laugh with your grandchildren, and do acts of kindness and generosity.
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