Dick Rector 1928 - 2006 Dick never knew a stranger. Born May 15, 1928 in Penn Yan, New York, Dick Rector attended Penn Yan Academy until he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Providence. After his honorable discharge, Dick studied air conditioning and heating until he moved to North Hollywood. From there he mailed Edy O'Connell an engagement ring and brought out his Keuka College graduate bride to California in 1955. Their only daughter, Pam, arrived that November and the Rectors moved to the South Bay so Dick could work at the Redondo Beach Power Plant. He then moved on to work for the Los Angeles Unified School District where he eventually retired as an Area Maintenance Director after 29 years. Anybody who knew Dick enjoyed his generous spirit and sense of humor. He made those around him feel welcome, strangers and as well as friends. Dick was actively involved in the Hollywood Riviera Sportsman's Club, the Walteria Businessmen's Association, the LAUSD Classified Retired Employees Association and the USS Providence Association. Dick and his wife Edy enjoyed 47 years of marriage filled with good friends, travel and golf until Edy passed away in 2002. If you knew Dick you couldn't help but know about his daughter Pam and his granddaughter Gracie, his pride and joy, he loved to spend time with her whenever he could showing her off to all his friends. His family expanded to include Pam's former Lennox students, Alejandra, Arelly, George, and German, who called him Grandpa. He will be missed by his cherished friends and his girlfriend, Veronica. Dick's memory will live on in the stories told by his brother, Alan, sisters-in-law, Esther and Joyce Rector, his many nieces and nephews, his daughter Pam and his granddaughter Grace Rector. Dick's life will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University. In lieu of flowers and in Dick's spirit of supporting youth, contributions in Dick's name can be made to LMU's Center for Service and Action or the Hollywood Riviera Sportsman's Club Benevolent Fund.

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  1. Pamela Rector and family: Today, I received the news of the passing of Dick Rector. On behalf of the USS Providence Association, and myself, I would like to extend our condolences to you and your family. We all looked forward each year to seeing Dick at the reunion. He always enjoyed seeing his old shipmates. His commitment as President/Executive Officer of Providence Association and the Chairmanship for the San Diego 2007 Reunion was highly appreciated by all. Your dad will now be listed in the Providence Memorial. He will be in the company of good men who served our country. Our Providence Dedication pays tribute to men like your Dad… it reads as follows: “This web site is dedicated to all the families, friends and the crew members present and past who served aboard the ships named Providence. It is a tribute to the devotion to duty and tireless efforts of those who served aboard her in peace and war. May we never forget the spirit of Providence and those who stand vigilant and strong, always ready to protect and defend our country.” The following Tribute submitted by YNCS Don Harribine, USN(ret) seems very fitting: The Passing of a Warrior Today one of our brothers has gone on to the far side of the wall There he walks again among his friends his honored kin and comrades Tonight there is a hole in my heart I ache for the loss of my brother though I rejoice in his rejoining on the far side of the wall Tonight a calm soul and a dignified friend has found his peace at last on the far side of the wall Tonight my long passed brothers welcome one of our own whole and smiling again to the far side of the wall Tonight there will be tears a remembrance of him here fond stories and hard grief but not on the far side of the wall Tonight our lives turn a shade darker We are all made to see a little starker but only for us, this pain falls. Fair winds with following seas, Sam Villa Webmaster USS PROVIDENCE ASSOCIATION (619) 446-8462 (619) 299-8531

  2. To the Family of Richard Rector: My wife and I will remember the family in our prayers. Depend on the Lord, He does bring peace. Wilma & Joe Turk USS Providence (1962-64)

  3. Dick,may you rest in eternal peace and happiness, you were one super guy, a true friend and shipmate,god bless you and yours

  4. Dick will be remembered as a good guy who finished tops in his class. He has transferred to the Fleet of the Supreme Commander and is with his beloved Edy. May GOD bless his daughter and extended family during their time of mourning

  5. Dick was the first person I spoke with when I learned of the USS Providence Assoc. and the first San Diego Reunion back in Oct ’96. His spirit of friendship and brotherhood was clearly visible and will leave it’s mark on our Assoc. always. I can hear the angels in heaven singing the Navy Hymn as another sailor has come home from the sea. Rest easy Dick — Jim Cozine

  6. Hard to accept that such a vibrant active person is gone. He will be missed and remain in our memories

  7. Dick Rector was a man I 1st met at the Buffalo reunion. A man of unlimited energy; full of fun and caring. I’ll miss seeing him in San Diego but I know he’ll be with us – all we’ll have to do is be aware of him. He wouldn’t miss the upcoming reunion for anything!! I extend my condolences to his family. Providence meant alot to him and to us. Here’s to Dick Rector!! Fair winds and following seas. Harry Bennert

  8. We only met Dick for the first time at the 2005 USS Providence reunion, but anyone could see all the energy and the pride there and in hosting the 2007 reunion in San Diego. Brother may you rest in heaven and always have fair winds. W/R Gary&Blanca Suter

  9. I am stunned by the death of Dick Rector and extend heartfelt condolences to his wife and family. Dick exemplified what we mean when we call a man SHIPMATE: loyal, positive, ready to help, generous, enthusiastic, kind, true to his word. A man you would want beside you in battle. Dick was a participant and a leader in every aspect of his life. He loved the PROVIDENCE. We loved him back. Godspeed, old friend. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  10. I first met Dick at the Buffalo Reunion, although from dates we were aboard the Providence at the same time. He was helpful in the association awarding the 2005 reunion to the Phoenix area. During the following year I believe we would not have been able to continue the reunions without his financial assistance and loans to the assoc treasury and the funds to deposit for allowing the reunion plans to continue. Learning of the decking saved during the Providence salvage, he quickly made available “pieces of the providence” for the 2005 reunion. Over the years his many other servics to our shipmates and our Navy group are well known. Well done good and faithful warror, you are surely missed by the shipmates who knew you, and our association. Cathy and Bill Price, Phornix, AZ Reunion Chairman 2005

  11. Semper Fi Richard, Thanke for the good advice you gave me my first day aboard the USS Providence brig duty. From your top bunk you said “don’t give him nothing kid or you will be in their with him.” Also thanks for the box of soda crackers!! They sure came in handy for a new jar head’s first time at sea. Your sailing the sea’s of eternity on your ship you loved so much with your beloved Edie and all your ship mates who passed before you. Bon Voyage. Will see you in the future in a better place. You will be missed and our reunions will not be the same but you have given us many good memories. We thank you for that. Rest in peace Dick Dan & Betty Barnicle

  12. I am so very sorry to hear that Dick has passed. I will miss him very much. I first met Dick in the summer of 2005 when he hired me to work for him at his home office. He treated me with respect and kindness, I never met a more caring and giving person. He came to know my husband Pete and children Ramon, Serena, Ruben & Seleah and we all will miss him terribly. Many evenings we would talk about his life and the love he had for his wife Edy, his daughter Pam and granddaughter Gracie. Just by hearing how he would talk about each one of them you knew he LOVED them tremendously! As Mr. Rector passed over… GOD said to him WELCOME HOME RICHARD, WELCOME HOME.. He is truly home now at peace with the love of his life. GOD BLESS THE RECTOR FAMILY! Amen.

  13. I worked with Dick at the Maintenance Office until he retired. Was sorry to hear of his passing.

  14. I met Dick in 1962 while working with the LAUSD. We met often at the LAUSD Classified Retirement Assoc. meetings. Dick was a special person. God Bless the family in their loss.

  15. Dick Rector was my “Uncle Dick” who was the not-well-known, long-distance uncle until I moved to CA in 1976 and he and Edy became my substitute parent-figures. I’d heard so many stories from my mother and other uncles in NY about the young, wild, and crazy Dick that I was surprised to find such a loving and caring man! He’d grown up! Dick always seemed to have so many projects and plans underway that I wish I had his energy. I also wish I had his social skills! It’s so true that he never met a stranger – Dick could talk to anyone about anything. I was so proud of his most recent accomplishment and am going to miss him.

  16. I have known Dick Rector for a few years now through Byron Ritchey his long time friend from Pen Yan. Great man with lots of energy!!! Lived life to its fullest. When I get to that age I hope I can do all the things he did, especially travel. God Bless. We will miss you friend. J Duarte

  17. My 90 year old mother and I have been renting Mr. Rector’s home located next door. When I first met Mr. Rector, I told him how much my mother loved the American flag. The day I pulled into the driveway with my mother to move into our new home-Mr. Rector had a flag flying on the front porch. My mom was thrilled. He was a very kind and thoughtful man and treated my mother very well.

  18. Mr. Rector was my first landlord way back in 1989. I remember the first time meeting him and feeling like I’ve known him forever. We kept in touch through him placing ads with me for real estate. He was a dear person with a heart of gold. I will miss him. My heart goes out to his family, may God give you comfort at this time.

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