Richard Crittendon Gay
Richard Crittendon Gay, resident of Yorktown, formerly of Fort Myers, FL, passed away suddenly on July 14, 2018 at the age of 84 years. Richard, who went by Dick, was born on November 9, 1933 in Baltimore and spent a majority of his life in Maryland.
Dick enjoyed his time in the US Air Force during the Korean War serving from May 19, 1953 to May 18, 1957 where he served as a Flight Engineer on B-25 bombers. He loved to recount stories of transporting the planes across the Atlantic, making unauthorized liquor runs for the Enlisted Club, and anecdotes of leave with his fellow aircrew.
After the Air Force he joined his father, Richard Bernard Gay, in architecture, designing notable building including the Hippodrome, the addition of the observatory to the Maryland Science Center, and numerous churches. He was lured away from architecture by a friend and entered hospital equipment sales for a decade but returned to architecture when he moved to Fort Myers in preparation for retirement.
Dick had several hobbies that he really enjoyed. He was an avid hunter and gunsmith until he discovered boating. He had a passion for restoring boats and successively bought, restored, enjoyed and then sold boats – enjoying many weekends on the Bay with family and friends at several yacht clubs including Bush River, Baltimore, Crescent, and most recently Seaford Yacht Club. As his health deteriorated, Dick enjoyed watching nature from his front porch. He was privileged to witness the birth of a fawn from the comfort of his porch chair and frequently, to his delight, had birds land very near him.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of almost 60 years, Joan, his daughter Dee and her husband Jim Davis; his son Rick and his wife Toni; and his grandchildren Kellie, Mick, Jamie, Jeff and Brendan; and his brother Bob and his wife Louise; and numerous other family members including nephews and great-grandchildren.
A private service will be held at the Olde Yorke Chapel.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which he helped to found while a member of Baltimore Yacht Club. Local arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, Va.