Richard Norman Witakowski, 89, of Prosperity, a beloved educator and cherished member of the community, passed away on December 3, 2023 at National Health Care Parklane.
Born on October 20, 1934 in Buffalo, New York, Richard led an extraordinary life that touched the hearts of many.
Throughout his career, Richard dedicated himself to shaping the minds of young learners as an esteemed educator at Bryant and Statton College. His passion for education was evident in his unwavering commitment to his students' success. His impact on generations of students will continue to be felt for years to come.
While Richard's professional achievements were significant, it was his compassion and warmth as a family man that truly defined him. He held dear the memories of family gatherings at Silver Creek, where laughter and love filled the events. The joy he experienced in the presence of loved ones was immeasurable, especially the time spent with his soul mate, Mary, and these gatherings will forever serve as a testament to his devotion to family. He was extremely proud of his daughter, Joann, and granddaughter, Ella.
Richard proudly served his country as a member of the US Army. His time in the military instilled in him a sense of discipline, honor, and a strong work ethic that he carried with him throughout his life. We are grateful for his service and dedication to our nation.
Outside of work, Richard had an unwavering passion for classic cars and was a former member of the Newberry Car Club.
In addition to his love for classic cars, Richard had an adventurous spirit with an insatiable desire to explore the world and greatly enjoyed traveling. He spent much time listening to the music of great classics of the 1940's and 1950's. He loved classic movies and would spend countless hours watching and re-watching them.
Sports were another passion that Richard held close to his heart. As a true Buffalo native, he was an avid supporter of both the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bills. Richard's unwavering loyalty to his hometown teams was a testament to his deep-rooted connection to Buffalo. He also loved the time he spent fishing in his boat on Lake Erie and Lake Murray.
Richard Witakowski will be remembered fondly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He leaves behind a legacy of dedication, kindness, and an unwavering passion for life. His impact on education, his love for family and friends, and his enthusiasm for classic cars and sports will forever remain etched in our hearts.
Richard is survived by a daughter, Joann (Paul) Claspill; a granddaughter, Ella Wood; step-grandchildren, Brittany Claspill and Zackary Claspill and a sister-in-law, Terry Weston,
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Simone Witakowski and brothers, Arthur Weston and Edmund Witakowski.
A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm Monday, December 11, 2023, at Macedonia Lutheran Church by the Rev. Terry Hundley.