Richard S. Sooy, of Vero Beach, Florida, formerly of Solon, Ohio passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with blood cancer. The youngest of three children of the late John and Lillian (nee Satterlee) Sooy, growing up in Millville, New Jersey, graduating from Millville High School, class of 1964. He met the love of his life, and wife of 52 years, Sandra (nee Wyman), while attending the University of Akron. Ever humble, he was a two-sport athlete at the University of Akron, playing both baseball and basketball after which he proudly served his country as a Signal Officer stationed in Germany.
While Rich had a successful career in Sales, his proudest accomplishments were his two daughters, Heather Brown (Kevin) and Tiffany Watts (Chris). He will be remembered as a true gentleman, always putting needs of others ahead of his own. He had a sharp wit and sense of humor, a true sports fan, particularly the teams from Cleveland, and his Ohio State Buckeyes.
After retiring to Vero Beach, Rich enjoyed golfing with his friends in Pointe West and boating on the Indian River Lagoon. He was also an active member of the Kiwanis-Vero Treasure Coast and the Indian River Golf Foundation. A lifelong lover of water, Rich enjoyed simply being near the ocean.
Rich leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Sandra. He also leaves his daughters, Heather Brown (Kevin) of Vero Beach, and Tiffany Watts (Chris) of Arvada, CO. He leaves behind his sister Elizabeth Rea (Arthur) of Oak Ridge, TN, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was a dedicated friend to many. The family would like to extend a very special heartfelt thanks to the friends who provided many years of love, support, and assistance.
Services will be privately held at a future date. Donations may be made to the Indian River Golf Foundation (4925 22nd Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32966) or Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, PO Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33623, or Leukemia Lymphoma Society- Palm Beach, PO Box 735308, Dallas, TX 75373.
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