FARMINGTON — Richard M. "Dick" Washburn of Farmington, died May 8, 2003, at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., following a lengthy illness.
Dick was born Feb. 22, 1948, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, to Douglass and Gertrude Washburn.
He graduated from Morris Central School, Morrisville Agricultural and Technical College and SUNY at Buffalo, where he received a degree in civil engineering.
He moved to the Rochester area where he founded Brite Associates, an engineering and land surveying firm.
Dick enjoyed the sport of shooting and custom designed some of his own firearms. He was an avid outdoorsman and had a passion for the variety of activities the outdoors has to offer. He was a skilled marksman (both with gun and bow). He loved to hunt, fish, camp and boat. Until his illness, he was an active member of the Victor Gun Club.
His warm smile and gentle manner will be missed by all fortunate enough to have been blessed by his acquaintance.
Special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff on the Heart Transplant Unit at Fairview University Medical Center, who worked so diligently caring for and about him during the past six months. A special word of appreciation to all of you who kept him in your prayers during his illness.
He is survived by his mother, Gertrude Washburn, New Lisbon; his wife, Gloria; daughter, Carolyn; and son, James, all of Minneapolis, Minn.; his brother, Bill (Wendi) of New Lisbon; his sisters, Phyllis House (Harold) of Milford, and Margaret (Jeff) of Matthews, N.C. He is also survived by eight nieces and nephews; and four great-nieces and -nephews; along with many uncles, aunts and cousins.
Dick was preceded in death by his daughter, Dara Washburn; his father, Douglass Washburn; and his brother, Melvin Washburn.
The family requests memorials may be made to your local American Heart Association or charity of your choice in his memory.
Published in The Daily Star on June 2, 2003.