Obituary for Richard Rollin Macsherry
Mr. Richard Rollin Macsherry died peacefully at home on 10/12/2017 in Mount Dora, FL. at the age of 99.
Dick is survived by his special friend Carol Schneider, three children Stewart (Beth), Richard H. (Debbie), Molly (Darden), four grandchildren, Stew (Mindi), Mellie (Charles), Packer (Mary), and Cappi, five great grandchildren, Braxton, Amella Rose, Marshall, Willa, and Jack. He is predeceased in death by his wife Mary.
Dick was born on June 4, 1918 in Philadelphia, PA. to Richard Macsherry and Dorothy Wilbur Macsherry. He attended Lehigh University until the beginning of the second World War at which time he enlisted in the Sea Bee's, a branch of the US Navy. He served in the South Pacific Theater through the end of the war. He married Mary Alice Hammond on June 24, 1948 at The Ledges in Alexandria Bay. Subsequently, Dick and Mary settled in Watertown, N.Y. and founded Seaway Motor Express, Inc. which, over the next three decades was a prominent intra NY state trucking firm. He and his wife raised three children. His children remember him as a hard working, generous, faithful, community minded father who taught them by example.
As a young man Dick enjoyed golf, tennis, snow skiing, and anything outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also loved rowing his skiff; any excuse to be on a boat of any kind on his beloved St. Lawrence River. In his later years, Dick enjoyed traveling the world 'round. His travels weren't limited to other countries or inland cruises, he also traveled by roller skates as a young boy living in Washington D.C. to the Annuel Easter Egg Hunt at the White House where he met Presidents Hoover and Coolidge. In a later Journey, he had the priviledge of taking First Lady, Pat Nixon on a cruise of the St. Lawrence River. His curiosity was boundless with what was going on around the world. He was a generous, witty, dedicated individual who saw great potential in everyone; so much so, that he invested in their futures through financial gifts and words of wisdom. As a reflection of their love of reading, Dick and Mary built the Macsherry Library as another investment towards minds being stimulated through reading.
The foundation of Dick's life was based on his faith in God and his love of the Episcopal Church. Wherever he lived he became an integral part of the Episcopal community. The Church of St. Lawrence in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown, N.Y. and St.Edward's in Mount Dora, FL. were where he found his inspiration, sanctuary, and opportunities to serve within the respective communities. As part of his service to the communities he contributed to area hospitals and hospices. Among them were The River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., Samartian Hospital in Watertown, N.Y., St. Joseph Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., Florida Hospital in Orlando FL., Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, FL., and the Hospice of Central NY.; As well as Salvation Army and the United Way of Watertown, N.Y. In addition he contributed to ministries in other parts of the country including Grace House Services in Jackson, MS., The Learning Community in Black Mountain, N.C., Leigh High University in Bethleham, PA., and other community serves.
His friends were countless, having never met a stranger. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, various Rotary and Chamber of Commerse organizations., the Order of Mason's, and US Power Squadron. From his poker buddies at "The Shack" in Watertown to his fishing and hunting buddies from Labrador to Moultrie, GA. Dick shared laughter, swapped stories, shot game birds, and caught many fish. His friendships continued with regular meetings of The Old Geezer Club. Dick will truly have an everlasting and exponential impact on all those he met in his lifetime.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Edward's Episcopal Church. 460 N. Grandview St. Mount Dora, FL., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to St. Edward's Episcopal Church or Cornerstone Hospice. The family thanks Kathy Handschuh, Craig Hanschuh, Cathy Klein, Karin Linton, Barbara Lopez, Shirley Barber, the Waterman Hospital and Cornerstone Hospice for their loving care.