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Richard Samuel Sooy

April 08, 1946 ~ May 28, 2021

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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Judy Perry

June 2, 2021, 5:33 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. I remember both your mom and dad well, from swim meets andtrips to Rube Adler’s.

Victoria Shannon Taylor

June 2, 2021, 5:36 pm

Best looking guy in our senior class. We marched in the band together and I was honored to have him as my escort for homecoming festivities. Kind, gentle and always there for his friends. Rest in peace Richard. May God wrap his arms around the family at this time.

milt thomas

June 2, 2021, 6:53 pm

As a fellow Kiwanian, I always admired Rich because of his team spirit and great attitude. Unfortunately, much of his time with the club he was also fighting the disease that eventually took him from us, so I never had the opportunity to know him well as I would have liked on a personal basis. I have no doubt we would have been good friends though, because he represented the human qualities that I most admire.

Al Sammartino

June 2, 2021, 7:08 pm

Rich was a good friend and he will be missed by anyone that ever he contact with. He was alway the first one to say I can help.alway had a smile and alway was in good spirts I will miss his company . Sandy we will keep you and your family in our prays . He is with God now looking down on us with a big smile .

Frank Adamski

June 2, 2021, 7:38 pm

I’m sorry for your loss Sandy. Rich was the kindest man I have ever met. I will look fondly back to our golf time and rocket launches. I certainly don’t have a friend and neighbor that had a tool for everything! What a great man. I feel privileged to have known him. My thoughts will be with you Sandy.

Mariea Theresa Lalli

June 2, 2021, 8:55 pm

Another one if the good guys.Richard was one of the best. Condolences to his family. May he Rest in Eternal Peace.

William Mccormick

June 3, 2021, 1:28 am

We spent 4 great years together as classmates and teammates.He was always Lefty to me.Rich was one fine athlete and a total class act.My life was better because our paths crossed.He made the 50th Millville H.S. reunion.It was great catching up.We laughed and reflected on the old days.His love of his family was huge.Through email and an occasional call we talked about getting together.Lefty you will never be forgotten.God bless your soul and prayers for your wife,daughters and entire family.

James B Wolfe

June 3, 2021, 2:15 pm

Rich was a good friend and a fellow Clevelander. we enjoyed golf and socializing as well as Kiwanis activities. He was always courteous and friendly. He will be missed. Jim

Carol Garrison

June 3, 2021, 3:12 pm

Rich was always kind and generous. We had know each other since we started Kindergarten. Will miss him and will keep his family in my prayers.

Carol L Sheats

June 3, 2021, 3:12 pm

Rich was always kind and generous. We had know each other since we started Kindergarten. Will miss him and will keep his family in my prayers.

John & Maureen Mazzacane

June 4, 2021, 6:05 pm

As I expressed to the family, Rich & Sandy were the first persons we met when we were moving to Pointe West, and they were extremely gracious and very helpful in assisting us. Our friendship evolved and Rich helped me in many ways, always offering help and often providing it without being asked, such as the times he took my car for spins when we were on extended leave from Pointe West. They
were clearly great friends to share their life with us and we are much better off because of it. We will miss him deeply. Although the world seems a little emptier today, it is our loss, not his.


June 6, 2021, 9:46 pm

Richard , was a very special person , He was the first person we met in Vero Beach and a very good neighbor, always ready to help.
We will miss him , we know he is with GOD OUR FATHER , he was a good human being, Rest In Peace

Scott Pollack

February 14, 2022, 12:43 pm

Rich was a gentlemen amongst gentlemen. Golf brought us together in his post-career years and I am thankful we got to know each other and I was always happy to donate at least something to one of the golf events he always seemed to be involved in. Fortunately I was able to visit Rich in FLA a couple years back (last time I saw him) and have n absolutely fantastic afternoon of catching up. It’s fair to say the world would be a better place if there were a few more people like Rich Sooy around but he was a rare soul. Miss you and Rest In Peace my my friend.

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