Richard Sterne
Richard Sterne
  • January 12, 1926 - December 26, 2017
  • Tiverrton, Massachusetts

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Richard Guy "Dick" Sterne, 91, a resident of Tiverton since 1989 and most recently of Brookdale Sakonnet Bay passed away peacefully on December 26th after being injured in a fall. He was born January 12, 1926 in Wilkes-Barre, Howard and Julia Sterne. The family later moved to Long Island, NY and he graduated from Woodmere High School in 1943 followed by classes in aircraft mechanics at Roosevelt Field Aviation School.

He was proud to be a veteran of World War II, who joined the Army Air Forces in 1944 and was trained as a crewman on B-24, B-32 and B-29 bombers. He served overseas with the 507th Bombardment Squadron on Okinawa, where he also managed the GI radio station.

Following his discharge in 1946 he studied economics and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME in 1950. After graduation, he began his business career with American Tobacco Co. and Olin-Mathieson before settling in for a long stay with the Pantasote Co., from which he retired as Vice President of the Packaging Division. Following his retirement, he started his own business as a manufacturer's representative in the packaging industry and continued working well into his 80's.

He met the love of his life, Barbara Anne Kenyon in 1955 while skiing and they were married a few short months later. Their union resulted in three children and two grandchildren. Dick's career sent the family to California for a few years before they settled in Riverside, CT. He enjoyed relaxing on his sailboat in Long Island Sound even if he didn't always act relaxed when something didn't go according to plan. The family enjoyed a number of memorable vacations together cruising on the boat and skiing at a variety of places.

After retiring, he discovered the Tiverton area and they moved into their house hidden away atop Wilcox Hill where they enjoyed watching nature's many wild critters and the beautiful views. They loved exploring the area and cruising in their sloop "Unicorn" and later in their Dyer bass boat named "Barbara Anne". Dad would fish from his boat and it never seemed to matter that he didn't catch anything. It must have been easier that way. He served on the Tiverton Harbor Commission for many years, including service as the chairman and was proud of his contribution to the town.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, his brother Howard and his youngest son Peter.
He is survived by a son, Richard, Jr. of Ijamsville, MD, daughter Hillary of Tiverton, Daughter in Law Priscilla of Old Greenwich, CT and grandsons Peter, Jr and Jonathan, both of Brooklyn, NY.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of his Life will be held at the Bristol Yacht Club on Saturday March 31st from 1 to 4 o'clock. All his family and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Service Organization, PO Box 96860 Washington, DC 20077-7677 to help support our troops.
Arrangements by Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home, Fall River.