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04/24/18 06:35 AM #32    

Martha Hosack (Gurdin)

I tried to add this yesterday but I just got it on my own profile. Deb Lloyd Boyer posted on FaceBook last night that Dick Partington has died. She knew no details and said that the obituary had not been posted yet. She had heard that he had been ill for a while. Such a loss for Ruth and his family and for all of us. He was a special person, a fried to all.


04/24/18 06:52 AM #33    

Martha Hosack (Gurdin)

Sorry for the typo. "Friend" to us all.

04/25/18 10:53 AM #34    

Bernie Pokropski (Cymbor)

Thank you, Martha, for posting Dick's obituary.  I did not know he was sick.  What a shock!  He was indeed one of the nicest guys ever.  My sympathy to his wife and family.  Bernie Pokropski Cymbor

04/26/18 09:16 AM #35    


Robert Contino

My prayers are with Dick's wife and family. I was shocked and saddend to hear about Dick and just remembering both of us at St. Mary's school playing music together on stage. We believe in the Resurrection and I feel strongly that Jesus greeted Dick Partington home in heaven. Our home is in heaven and we are passing through in this life.

Pax et Bonum,
 (Peace and All Good)
Pace e bene,
Robert W. Contino OFS (Br. Anthony OFS)
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May He show His face to you and be merciful to you.
May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace.

May the Lord bless you. Amen
Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers be;
even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church.
St. Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D

04/27/18 12:38 PM #36    

Frank Burdine

My thoughts and prayers are with you 

      At this trying time  I never knew Dick was sick.  Iam so sorry for your family. Dick was a special person. 

04/30/18 11:06 PM #37    


Russell Greata



Dick  Partington

On April 21, 2018, we lost an exceptionally good man, good for so many more reasons than he was our excellent BFAHS 1961 Class President. 

The impressions I have of Dick suggest that we spent much time together, but reflecting back, I realize how few times we actually did share, and all of these were group settings.  So how could I feel so certain that my assessments are based on enough knowledge?  In the same way that any of us ‘knows’ another—based on our personal perceptions during times together (including emails) and based on inferences we draw from times together, from reports from others, and from what a person has done in their life.  Stated this way, it may not sound like much of a basis, but I feel strongly that I have it right:  Dick was a really good guy who lived life fully and well, while projecting humility regarding himself and caring regarding others.

Dick was an unassuming guy who did not stand out in the obvious ways of star athletes or of performing artists or of geniuses or of highly extroverted people.  Yet, he was very popular and often chosen to lead.

Very friendly, freely engaging with others, having a genuine smile, always readily forthcoming, Dick seemed truly interested in the person he was talking to.  He listened to them, and only spoke of himself if prodded. 

Dick also had a great sense of humor, but he was not one, seeking attention, to take the floor to entertain others with his wit.

He was deeply religious, but, barring a spiritual discussion, you wouldn’t know it from him.  Whether religion or any important issue, it’s not that Dick did not hold strong views, but in any everyday discussion with friends, he was not one to push himself or his views on anyone.

Just by hanging around Dick in a group could enrich your life.  He supported everyone and never introduced negativity of any sort.  You came away just feeling better knowing that here was one of those people who somehow manage to be the glue of society.

 In all settings, his manner made those around him feel comfortable.  Not through obviously outstanding specific skills, not through blind ambition, but through his way with people, Dick conveyed the idea that he would get the job done while caring for the people doing it.  Dick’s rise in the business world demonstrated that he did have the right set of skills.

Finally, a characteristic not often included in this kind of memorial:  Dick was brave.  I base this assessment primarily on his volunteering to fly US Navy helicopters on important defensive missions.  Many of our citizens are unaware of how many of our military are killed just in training exercises.  Conducting actual military operations is dangerous work in general; flying Navy helicopters entails considerable risk of harm.  Yes, he was brave, but when I was quizzing Dick on what he did in the Navy, he did not say a word about the danger involved.

Without fanfare, Dick served his country, his community, our high school class, his friends, and his family for whom he was a beloved husband (to his wonderful wife, Ruth), father, and grandfather.  His is a life lived that I so admire.

I am sad that my friend, Dick Partington, is gone.  And I’m sad that the world has lost such a man.

Russ Greata

05/01/18 07:52 AM #38    

Martha Hosack (Gurdin)

Well said, Russell. You so elequently expressed what we all feel. Although not all class members knew him well, I expect we all thought of him as a friend. He is sadly missed.


05/01/18 12:14 PM #39    

Donna Martin

This is a great tribute and so well written Russell. Thank you for it. I hope his wife and family get to see it. Thank you for the time you took to reflect so eloquently on Dick's life. 

05/01/18 03:41 PM #40    

Martha Hosack (Gurdin)

In case you have not seen Dick's obituary, I posted it as a comment on his classmate profile. Dick was the one who managed this website and now the rest of us are not sure exactly how to do things.

05/04/18 07:23 AM #41    

Martha Hosack (Gurdin)

Thank you Russ Greata, Terry Krivak, and Terry Dicianna for being willing to step in after we lost Dick. We know that you will continue his work on the website and with the reunion. We appreciate your efforts.


05/05/18 04:58 PM #42    


Pauline Young (Morgan)

Thanks guys for taking our class memories & reunions. It's tough loosing Richard who did a great job of keeping all our classmates posted about class reunions, people who have passed on to better places & just updating on events from our school happenings. You have my support if needed in future planning or helping with reunions or other activities within our class. Best of luck.
Paine (Young) Morgan

05/07/18 02:58 PM #43    

Stephen Moffett

I am saddened by the passing of Dick Partington. I was a classmate of his in elementary school and high school. It was a pleasure to know him . He treated everyone like a friend. As class president he represented our class very well. It was through his leadership throughout the years that our class is able to  touch base with one another. He will be missed. I wish you " Fair Winds and Following Seas", Dick 

For those of you who know Dick's wife, plz relay my sympathy to her and that she is my prayers

R.I.P Dick

Stephen J Moffett sr, USN Retired

11/19/18 05:41 PM #44    

Janet Belkowski (MacCrindle)

So sorry to read of Bobbie Shuman's passing. I get the Beaver County Times delivered to me in New Jersey but it is always 4 to 5 days late. Bobbie was such a kind, gentle person. Glad to have seem her and Gary at our class reunions, didn"t see her at our last one, didn't know she was sick. My prayers for you Gary and the whole family, may the Lord give you comfort and peace  in your time of loss. Bobbie rest in peace your in God's care now.

12/24/18 06:44 AM #45    


Debra LLoyd (Boyer)

Wishing each of my classmates and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!  Hoping to see you all at the next reunion!

12/25/18 02:13 AM #46    


Russell Greata

Going to the far reaches of my own creativity regarding greetings to all:   What Deb said.    

I will add, however, that I continue having great memories of our 57th Reunion, and I wish it could have lasted longer.  One lesson learned:  Begin the party earlier so we can end earlier while still having been together long enough to be able to sit down with everyone.  It seems that at our age, many do not want to drive after dark, or for more than a few miles.  Especially if it's raining.  Who knew?     

Oh, one more thing:  Stay healthy please.  If you don't, attendance at the next reunion may be low enough that having time to visit with everyone won't be a problem.    

My very best to you all--a wonderful group of people.


12/25/18 09:24 AM #47    


Pauline Young (Morgan)

Wishing all my classmates a wonderful holiday, with health, happiness and love for all. Bless all of you and hope to see many at our next class reunion and those who were not able to make our September 2018, we missed you. Happy New Year to all hoping 2019 will a wonderful year for you!😁💕
Pauline Morgan

12/25/18 11:44 AM #48    


Joan Vasas (Verner)

HO. HO, HO,  Merry Christmas to ALL, and to ALL may you have a happy, healthy and peacefull New Year!   

12/26/18 10:13 AM #49    


Robert Contino


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To all my Classmates of 1961,
Sorry to miss you by one day. With Marge in the Christmas choir and busy at church also for two days.
Here is a belated Blessed and Merry Christmas.

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo,
(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year)
Pax et Bonum,
(Peace and Good)
Robert W. Contino OFS (Br. Anthony OFS)
Margaret Contino OFS (Sr. Theresa Rose OFS)
Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis
San Pio de Pietrelcina OFS Fraternity
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May He show His face to you and be merciful to you.
May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace.

May the Lord bless you. Amen

01/15/19 10:15 PM #50    

Janet Belkowski (MacCrindle)

Hey all you great classmates of 1961, wishing you all a great, wonderful New Year and hope to see you at our next reunion or perhaps at The HotDog Shoppe when I visit from New Jersey

03/09/19 07:29 AM #51    


Debra LLoyd (Boyer)

🙃🙃🙃Hi there!!  So sorry to miss the mini reunion in Fla this past week.  Pics posted are upside down....but looks like everyone there had a great time.  Thanks for the update.

03/10/19 07:32 PM #52    


Tom Colaberardino

Thanks 4 the mini reunion. Harold, Mike and I had a agreat time.  Sorry we kept Russ out till late bar hoping. Wait! What! (7PM)


03/11/19 08:54 AM #53    


Debra LLoyd (Boyer)

7pm???  Not much like those ‘old’ days. 😳

03/26/19 11:03 AM #54    

Patricia O'Brien (Kubel (1960 Graduate)

Great pictures of everyone who attended the Nikomis Florida mini-reunion on March 20, 2019.  I had a wonderful time meeting up and catching up with all.  A big thank you to the persons who provided the food.  Patti O'Brien Kubel


04/07/19 08:26 AM #55    


Debra LLoyd (Boyer)

Sincere condolences to Richard (Dick) Boyer on the recent loss of his brother.  Blessings to you and your family.


04/08/19 03:34 PM #56    

Richard Boyer

Debbie: Thank you very much for your kind condolences.  Dick

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