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Richard Bolender

Richard Bolender
Richard Bolender

Richard Jerome “Dick” Bolender died June 13, 2017, from severe injuries due to a golf cart/vehicle accident in The Villages. Dick was born in Lancaster, NY, November 7, 1940 to Jerome and Genevieve (Tammadge) Bolender who have preceded him in death. He was a 1958 graduate of St. Mary’s High School. As a young man he began his training and career as a marine mechanic. He served his country in the US Coast Guard and Reserves. Dick was a service technician for Sears in Buffalo, NY and later promoted to service manager for Sears. He then took over as Vice President of Operations at Recreatives Industries, Inc. in West Seneca, NY. Dick married Nancy (Fogle) Bolender on October 23, 1965, in Pleasantville, PA. They raised their young family in Angola, NY before moving to Punta Gorda, FL in 1977, where he purchased a lawn mower sales and service operation (Action Mower). In 1995 Dick semi-retired, selling the business to his son, Mike, then traveled with Nancy to Park City, UT to enjoy the skiing, snowmobiling and hiking in the mountains together with his son, Brian and daughter, Christine. He drove a bus part-time for Park City Transportation and was a golf marshall on the Wasatch Mountain golf course. In 2002 he made the decision to return to Florida, retire to The Villages, where he could enjoy his love of golf and boating. He also enjoyed playing pickleball with his many friends. In recent years he became a captain of his live-aboard cruiser and enjoyed a trip starting on the Tennessee River, entering the Tom BigBee waterway and returning to the Gulf of Mexico, and was looking forward to many such future trips with his boat. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Christine (Charles) Vernsey of Midway, UT; son, Michael (Helene) Bolender of Denver, NC; son, Brian (Stephanie) Bolender of Francis, UT; grandsons, Jarred Vernsey and Jackson Bolender; grandaughter, Lexi Vernsey; brother, John Bolender of Clarence, NY; sister, Mary (Bolender) Geberl of Albuquerque, NM; as well as several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mark the Evangelist church in The Villages at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 21, followed by a gathering in the social hall to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.org or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary/Society at bestfriends.org. Sail on, Captain Dick!

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