Richard S. Thatcher, 83
March 08, 2023
Richard S. Thatcher, 83, of Willow Valley, passed away March 8, 2023. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Richard and Margaret Thatcher. He was the beloved husband of the late Mirth Ann (Mumma) Thatcher.
Richard was a graduate of William Penn Charter, Class of 1958 and Dickinson College, Class of 1962.
He was a VP of a Trust Dept. in the banking industry. He was a Past Master and Past Trustee of the Permanent Fund of the Masonic Concordia Lodge No. 67 in Jenkintown, PA. He was also a member and Past President of the Springfield Masonic Square Club. As a member and President of the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park (FOCHSP), he volunteered countless hours of service and helped raise substantial educational funds for the park. He loved the opera, bird watching, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. He enjoyed singing in the Willow Valley Chorale, Abington Oratorio Choir, and University Glee Club, as well as spending time with the Fireside group at Willow Valley North. He attended Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.
Richard was a loving father to Paige L. Prazma, wife of Gerald L.; grandfather to Brandon J. and Jared D. Prazma; great-grandfather to Eleina J. and Colton L., and brother to Margaret “Peg” Thatcher.
The Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at the Willow Valley Manor North Auditorium, 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to either Richard and Mirth Thatcher Educational Fund, c/o FOCHSP, P.O. Box 132, Nassau, DE 19969 or Dickinson Theatre Organ Society, P.O. Box 5094, Wilmington, DE 19808.
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Condolences to the Family
April 04, 2023
Dear Peggy and extended family, I was saddened to hear of Dicks passing from our classmate Rodger Wichterman at P.C. and share and in your loss of an old friend and classmate 1948-1958. What a great picture of Dick above, that captures his sunny disposition and hearty laugh. He managed our soccer team during our junior and senior years, always could be counted on for cheerleading and injury repairs, a true team player. His love of singing goes way back to before our voices changed and we were in the junior chorus as altos and supranos that joined the senior chorus, under the direction of Dr McClarey, for a Christmas concert at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, in 1953. A few of many fond memories of a life well lived with a smile and a song, RIP old friend.
Mike Hanna, aka Cholly Marcus
March 26, 2023
Dick was my older cousin. We were 2 of 10 cousins that have fond memories of our family get togethers with our fathers doing dishes and laughing loudly from the kitchen while we cousins prepared for some kind of show. Dick was a laugh leader for the rest of us as he had an infectious laugh and a ready joke to share. I will miss him and his stature within our cousins group now only 8 strong. How lucky I have been to be a member of this family. Rich Hill
March 25, 2023
Dick was my older cousin. We were 2 of 10 cousins that have fond memories of our family get togethers with our fathers doing dishes and laughing loudly from the kitchen while we cousins prepared for some kid of show. Dick was a laugh leader for the rest of us as he had an infectious laugh and a ready joke to share. I will miss him and his stature within our cousins group now only 8 strong. How lucky I have been to be a member of thisfamily.
March 19, 2023
Our prayers and sympathy to Richard’s family and friends. Especially to his loving and devoted sister, Peg. May they all find comfort in God’s love and promises. Steve and Sue Magaruh
- Saturday, April 22, 2023
- 1:30 PM
- Willow Valley Manor North Auditorium
- 600 Willow Valley Square
- Lancaster, PA 17602
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