Surrounded by the family he loved so much, Richard E. Beers passed away on Sunday, December 29th at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, at age 81. He was born in Danbury, Connecticut and was the son of the late Lester F. and Elizabeth G. Beers. He moved to Delaware as a child and grew up in Newark. A graduate of Newark High School, he enlisted in the Navy. He served his country for over four years on the USS Orion, a submarine tender, as an Electrician and later attended the RCA Technical Institute and was certified as an electronics specialist. He pursued job opportunities in Hartford, CT and Chicago, IL before returning to his home in Delaware.
He accepted a job with Diamond State Telephone, where he devoted 35 years to the communications industry. He was one of three specialists who were selected and educated on fiber optics as the technology shifted. Always looked to as the man to call when no one else can fix it, he installed that leading-edge technology in Dover, Delaware and later throughout the state. His true passion was the love of clocks. He built, repaired, and collected them following in his father’s footsteps. He was a lifetime member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Although not his primary career, he was sought out by many across the country to repair family heirlooms and clocks of great value to them, specifically for wooden clockworks repairs. He worked with Dave Knight who owned “Knight’s Clocks” in Newark on complex repairs Dave needed help with. He never met a challenge he wouldn’t take on with the unending optimism of “figuring it out”. There was never a clock he could not fix.
He was the Picasso or Rembrandt of wood, a true artist, engineer and woodworking genius. He made cherished gifts for others to enjoy. This was just one of his amazing talents, he was also a skilled mechanic and taught his children and grandchildren about cars among so many other things. He spent endless hours helping others with an unending patience and desire to teach others. When anyone called, he was there to fix whatever it was. The “go to” man for neighbors, family, co-workers, and even some strangers as well and could be found “in the workshop” most evenings. He had a great love of the water, was an accomplished swimmer, loved fishing and his summers in Noank, CT with his family. He looked forward to his weekly breakfasts with his long time friends from work every Wednesday morning. But mostly, Dad loved his family and friends. He had an unmatched resilience, optimism and strength that amazed everyone, including the medical community for the past four years.
He had an LVAD implanted a little over four years ago to extend his life and allow him to be with his family for a lot longer. He would always say “green side up”, that’s what’s important. His will to live was remarkable. Always ready with a wry smile, a gleam in his eye and an outstretched hand. The world was infinitely brighter with him in it, as the sky will be now that his soul is among the stars.
He will be forever remembered by his loving wife of 58 years, Rose “Dee”, his children, Karen (Ken) of Bear, DE, David (Julie) of Twinsburg, OH, and Cathy of Newark, DE. His grandchildren, Grace (Shawn), Michael, Kenny, Chelsea, Cameron and Caroline. He is also survived by his brothers, Franklin (Peggy) of Newark, DE and Donald (Lou Ann) of Chalfonte, PA, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Relatives and friends are also welcome from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 2nd at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home (3710 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808) for visitation. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3rd at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home. Burial will be immediately following the service on Friday at All Saints Cemetery on 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Newark, DE. A reception will be held immediately following the interment.