Richard John Piper Obituary – The Beaver County Times

Richard J. Piper, 78, of Cocoa Beach Florida, formerly of Rome, New York, died Thursday, October 13, 2022, at Cape Canaveral Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Richard was born in Ilion, NY on December 19, 1943, the son of Robert Piper and Frances Lacy Piper. He graduated from Notre Dame High School, class of 1961, and graduated from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA, with a BSBA on May 8, 1993.

On June 11, 1966, Richard married Kathleen Pace at St. John the Baptist Church, Rome, NY in what was to become a blessed 56-year journey.

Richard was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army National Guard and was discharged with honor on February 28, 1979.

Richard began a career spanning more than 50 years in the airline industry with Mohawk Airlines in 1961 as a clerk and later progressed to Link Training Instructor, and finally as Director of the School of career. In 1974 Richard and his family moved to Jamestown, NY, where he was employed by Chautauqua Airlines as Director of Flight Operations, leaving as Vice President of Flight Operations in 1984 to join US Air in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Director of Contract Training. Richard retired from US Airways as Division Controller – Flight Operations in 2014.

In addition to his wife Kathleen, of Cocoa Beach, Florida, are survived by his son Richard J. (Katie) Piper of Orlando, Florida, and daughter Sheryl Lin Davis, of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The couple had four grandchildren, Jacob Davis, Dylan, Brooke and Derek Piper, and a great-granddaughter, Elli Joy Davis.

A Christian Burial Mass will be held Saturday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior Catholic Church in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Interment will be in the Notre-Sauveur Memorial Garden.

Donations may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Beckman-Williamson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Cocoa Beach, Florida, (321) 635-1985.

Posted on October 18, 2022

Published in Ellwood City Ledger, The Beaver County Times

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