Let the memory of Richard be with us forever
  • 96 years old
  • Born on November 30, 1919 in Bergenfield, New Jersey, United States.
  • Passed away on September 9, 2016 in Shushan, New York, United States.

This memorial was created in memory of our beloved Richard Evans Dawson, Jr.. Please feel free to share pictures and stories on this site for all of his family and friends to enjoy.  Richard was such a wonderful man and the world is a better place because of him. 

This page is also permanent and is not going anywhere as long as the internet is still around!  Because everyone can contribute stories, pictures, music and videos, this is a true living memorial!  There will always be new exciting things to see and stories to read, so come back often to explore the continuing additions and learn even more about the marvelous life of Richard Dawson!

Posted by Philip Lewis on 24th October 2016
To Dick's family. it is with sadness I offer my sympathys. I knew Dick thru his Chalk Talks when I was a boy. his artwork was an inspiration to me, a young budding artist. he did a special drawing for me which I kept for years. I also knew him thru the Coila church. I later grew up to run a sign and graphic arts business for 40 years. it was artists like Dick who gave me the encouragement to make art a career. I am a Christian, as I know Dick was as well, and we will see him again when Christ calls us home. God Bless you during this time of loss.
Posted by Becki Zingg on 23rd October 2016
We were blessed to be part of the Coila Community for almost 15 years. Getting a hug from Dick was always a highlight of Sundays for me. He had a big smile and a word of encouragement. Our kids loved his leprechaun green blazer, that he looked so snazzy in. He showed us all how to age with amazing grace. I loved hearing him on the piano, in later years mostly on Palm Sunday when he would play Via De La Rosa. Such a blessing to have known him! I miss him! I just read his memoirs! They're wonderful! It was like listening to him tell a story.
Posted by Peter Meerwarth on 22nd October 2016
I remember walking the halls of CCS in grade school and seeing Mr. Dawson teaching art to high schoolers. Then I saw Mr. Dawson do a chalk talk at the Coila church. As I got older, I sang in the choir with him and I accompanied him while he played violin. He was always very encouraging and I'm sure he will be missed by all.

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