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Sep 9, 2019 12:59 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Richard W. Tase, Formerly Of Southampton, Dies September 5

Sep 10, 2019 3:44 PM

Richard “Dick” Tase died at the Teresian House in Albany on September 5, 2019. He was 91.

Born May 17, 1928, in Queens Village, he graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Queens and attended college at Utah State Agricultural College School of Forestry. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II and the Korean War. He was later employed by the New York Telephone Company as a lineman, working his way up to manager. He met the woman who would become his wife there and they married in 1959. They built their home in Southampton Village and raised two daughters. After his retirement from New York Telephone, he worked part time at Herrick Hardware on Main Street in Southampton.

Mr. Tase was a veteran member of the Boy Scouts of America for more 20 years and a member of the Southampton Elks Lodge #1574. He was extremely proud of his 34 years as a member of the Southampton Fire Department. He was an active member of Our Lady of Poland parish and served on the school board, and was a Eucharistic minister, usher and altar assistant for the church. He loved participating in the Southampton Colonial Militia. He was a fan of the New York Giants and the New York Rangers. He loved to take his family to Vermont during the fall for long weekend vacations.

He and his wife would vacation in Florida. In 2010, they moved to Albany to be closer to their daughters.

Survivors said that Mr. Tase will be remembered for his kind words, gentle demeanor and his respect for everyone he met; he was known as “one of the good guys.”

He was predeceased by his parents, John R. Tase and Mary A. Engel; his stepmother, Theresa M. Reckholder; his two brothers, John Paul and Donald J.; and his wife, Fran. He is survived by his two daughters, Susan (Mickey) Cleary of Albany and Amy (Jim) Shaw of Colorado; and his four grandchildren, Zack, Ashley, Aidan and Jude.

Firematic Services were held at the O’Connell–Rothwell Funeral Home on September 10 and a funeral service took place on September 11 at Our Lady of Poland Church. Interment will be at the Gerald B.H. Soloman National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York, on September 13.

Memorial donations may be made to the Southampton Fire Department Benevolent Fund, Box 1435, Southampton NY 11969, or the Teresian House Foundation, 200 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany, NY 12203.

Condolences may be left at Oconnellrothwell.com.

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