Our beloved Richard Burton Potter, a member of the "greatest generation," went home to be with His Lord and Savior on September 2, 2017.
"Dickie," as his friends and family affectionately referred to him, was an all-around good husband, dad, brother, grandpa, uncle and friend. For more than 14 years, Richard lovingly cared for his wife, Julia, who lost her battle with Alzheimer's in 2006. Richard was the last of the Blaine and Anna (Wickham) Potter clan, pre-deceased by three brothers and four sisters.
During WWII, as his two older brothers served with the Marine Corps, Richard served with the Navy in the South Pacific. Upon his discharge, he was hired by Corning Glass Works, from which he retired in 1984 – having spent more than 35 years with the company. Richard was a highly organized and knowledgeable manager in the Horseheads Holding Plant.
Richard was "Mr. Fix-it," and always had a project going. In his earlier days, Dickie was an avid bowler. But in later life, he came to love the game of golf, with his basement serving as a year-round practice putting green. By far, Dickie's favorite pastime was spending time at the little cottage on Keuka Lake. He and Julia entertained many kids on the lake. Boat rides, fishing, skiing, tubing, swimming – not to mention delicious barbeques and campfires with lots of conversation – were always part of his summer. The Keuka cottage was a place where Dickie truly enjoyed his family. At the age of five, Matthew, Dickie's first grandchild published a short story, which summed it up ever so well: Grandpa Dick's Lake will always be a favorite read in our family.
Richard lived in the same house in Painted Post for 60-some years. West High Street will never quite be the same without the ever-so kind and generous Mr. Potter. He will be missed.
He is survived by his children: John C. (Dawn) Potter, Kathy (Tom) A. Linnan; grandchildren: Matthew, Michael, Sarah, Stephanie, Jennifer and John; one great grandchild; niece and nephew: Marilyn Strowser, Stephen Warunek; and several grand nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY has been entrusted with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard's name may be made to: Bath VA Medical Center, 76 Veterans Avenue, Bath, NY 14810.