Richard (Dick) Wilcox, aged 77, passed away surrounded by loving family and friends peacefully after a short illness on March 18, 2017. Born in Rochester, NY he is survived by his loving wife, Beverly (Worden) of 44 years.
Dick was so full of life and fun loving. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family . He loved having campouts at his pond, Lake Wilcox. Dick and Bev traveled extensively in their motor home, across country, to bluegrass festivals, rodeos and many other places. They were always on the move and they truly loved it.
While writing this we were laughing at the fact that when we traveled Dick could get us anywhere without a map. He always knew just where to go and no matter where we went he could almost always find someone he knew.
Dick enjoyed football, NASCAR and playing in his garage with his rather large toys(bulldozers, backhoes, loaders, etc.)
Dick built Wilcox Gravel & Excavating and later Wilcox Crane. He worked amazingly hard day and night-- he lived his work. The business has remained in the family and is now owned by his son, Darryl.
Dick was an avid collector of antique tractors, he was forever buying, restoring and showing his tractors. He was even able to obtain Bev's beloved father's tractor as well as brother Bill's tractor. Dick and Bev went to a lot of tractor shows, machinery auctions, flea markets and of course ice cream shops! He was also an avid member of Duck's Unlimited, an honorary member of Maxfield Hose Company and Canandaigua Branch of the Steam Pageant Association.
Family was the absolute most important thing to Dick, we all had so much fun together and we are so grateful for his presence in all of our lives.
Predeceased by his parents Adelaide and Jesse Wilcox, his brothers Fred(Mildred) and William(Bernice), sister Rosetta(Willis) Blodgett and son Tarry. Survived by his brothers Robert(Nancy) and Fred Hendrix, sisters Betty(Jay) Murphy and Mary Lou Blodgett. His daughter Tracy(Randy) Smith, son Darryl(Robin) Hanggi, four grandchildren, Lindsey(Michael) Karnes, Lauren Hanggi, Trevor Hanggi, Jayden Smith and one great grandchild due in April, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, special friends and family Doug and Lucy Wilcox, Anne and Reggie Leach, Sam and Kirsten Kostarellis, Steve Kula and Andy Bair.
Dick served in the United States Army from 1961-1963 and was stationed in Germany.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Naples Fire Department, Naples Ambulance or Strong Memorial Neurological Brain Trauma Center.
Family and friends may call Sunday, March 26th from 11- 2 and 3-5 at the Maxfield Memorial Hall in Naples, 8181 Maxfield Road, Naples.