Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A celebration of life

Death leaves heartaches no one can heal, love gives memories no one can steal.

My dear sweet father, Papa D
On April 18, 2015 we celebrated the life of Richard (Dick) Whitcomb, age 71, who went home to be with Jesus surrounded by family and friends on Tuesday, April 14 at 1:23 pm.

He grew up in Lyndhurst. He caddied for golfers at a local course and made extra money by finding lost golf balls and selling them back to his clients. He went to a coal tipple with his parents, (Ada and Walter Whitcomb) and loaded coal into the trunk of their car to feed their furnace. He was the youngest child of two sisters: Doris (deceased), Jean (Dick, deceased) Paden and three brothers: William (deceased), Walter Jr. (who married Hilde), and Ron (who married Lu).

He married Faith Hoffacker and they lived in Chesterland for 53 years. There they raised four children: Nadine, Janna, Joy, and Rick (who was murdered 1996). Like a garden, his love watered the family which grew by three, when Nadine married Eric Toth, Janna married Michael Luck, and Joy married Paul Cimino. His name then changed from Dick to Papa D when his family blossomed. It then bloomed with eight grandchildren: Nicole, David, Daniel and Jared Toth; Kelly McClelland and Ricky Cimino; Jason and Rachel Luck, Jack Gou; and three granddaughters-in- law: Bethany, Shari, and Brittany Toth. Then burst with six great-grandchildren: Breanna, Alex, Corey, Jaxson, Bradley, and Garrett Toth. He is also an uncle and great uncle to many.

Papa D, aka Dick, worked at PCC Airfoils for 52 years. After retiring, he continued working for the company part time several days a week. In 1992, he co-founded Grace Evangelical Bible Church where he served as financial secretary and elder until the time of his home-going. At Grace, he worked with the AWANA children’s ministry for 27 years. He volunteered at the City Mission, preparing and serving meals for Cleveland’s homeless.

He loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed camping and was crazy about golf and was good at it. He joined several golf leagues and took many golfing vacations to South Carolina with his golfing buddies.

Helping others was his passion and his gift. He put other people’s needs before his own, working quietly behind the scenes. He has experienced the ultimate healing because he is home free, in heaven with Jesus.

His celebration of life service can be found here on You Tube.