W. Richard Porteus

04/29/1942 - 06/17/2020

Obituary for W. Richard Porteus

W. Richard Porteus age 78 of Fairfield, OH passed away Wednesday June 17, 2020 in Cincinnati, OH surrounded by his family. He was born April 29, 1942 in Bay Shore, NY the son of the late Richard W. Porteus and Bertha Lorena (nee Stowitts) Porteus. Mr. Porteus was a resident of Dryden, NY and then Cortland, NY for many years. He was married to Sharon Davenport for 30 years until her passing in 1994. Mr. Porteus served as Vice-President of Sales at the Gutchess Lumber Company, later serving as Plant Manager for the start-up of the Company’s plant in Latrobe, PA. He was a life-long avid golfer and a member of the Cortland Country Club. Upon relocating to Latrobe, PA he became a member of the Latrobe Country Club where he golfed with Arnold Palmer on occasion. He is survived by his daughter Susan (Michael) Berding; four grandchildren Sarah (Adam) Fowler, Abby Berding, Cole Berding, and Erik Van Zandt; two great-grandchildren Lily Fowler and Molly Fowler; and two brothers Robert (Tudie) Porteus and Donald (Connie) Porteus. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sharon, and sister Elizabeth Porteus. Mr. Porteus will be buried in the Cortland Rural Cemetery in Cortland, NY at a date to be determined. THE WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME 3080 Homeward Way at Rt. 4, Fairfield, Ohio is serving the family. www.websterfuneralhomes.com

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Susan, I have such fond memories of your dad. I was only around him a few times over the years but every time was a joy! He was a fun guy and I know how much you....and your family....loved him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Janet and Steve
- Janet Gay
Dick was such a big spirit. He and Sharon were such warm and caring people that they left a lasting impression on me. They were welcoming and had smiles and laughs to share with all.
- Sharon Jennings
Dick was loved and will be greatly missed. He was very influential in getting me interested in woodworking and using hardwood lumber. He was a patient and kind man always willing to teach he was also very funny and always had the jokes to make us laugh. RIP Dick
- Brian wheeler

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