Germantown Union Cemetery
Wednesday December 30th, 2020
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WOOLCOCK, Richard John, 79, of Germantown, Ohio, passed peacefully 23rd December, 2020. Born in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, England, 6 January 1941 to Stanley Richard “Dick” and Lucy Mildred “Pat”, childhood enjoyments were steam train spotting; mineral collecting; church choir; spending summers at “Blaythorne”, the family farm in Oxfordshire; and holidaying along the Cornwall coast.
An exceptionally bright and promising student, Richard was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to King Edward VI Grammar School, Southampton; attended the University of Leeds 1959-1963, completing an honors course in chemical engineering, and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honors. He later was elected as a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and was also a Chartered Engineer.
Richard’s industrial experience included manager for British Sugar Corp.; senior chemical engineer and technical sales manager for International Synthetic Rubber Co. Ltd.; and business development and technical manager for Simon Engineering Ltd. Operating areas consisted of technical service and sales support, design and development, new plant installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, quality control, and the application of centrifuges and related equipment in the food processing and byproduct recovery industries. Richard travelled extensively on business to most parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and most countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Far East, Central and South America.
It was while working for British Sugar Corp. that Richard met Carole Patricia Hartwell at a Young Conservatives social event, and approached Carole and asked if he could buy her a drink. They married 11 September, 1965, had three children, and lived in various parts of England and Scotland. In 1981, Richard was pursued by the Dupps Company of Germantown, Ohio, a global leader in rendering equipment and service to the animal byproducts and protein recycling industry. Interviewed by members of the Dupps family in Schiphold Airport in Amsterdam, Richard accepted the position, and at age 40, moved to the USA; his wife and children followed soon after in 1982. Richard thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of his work at Dupps, and retired from the company after 26 years.
A member of Germantown United Methodist Church, Richard had a love of the outdoors; country walks; the sea; dogs; church choir; performing arts; reading; his cigar and pipe, dark beer, red wine, spicy food; and vacations. Richard was devoted and loving; a true gentleman; always dependable; firm when necessary; with a joyful and appreciative nature and dry, British humor.
Richard is preceded in death by his son, Simon Ralph, in 1996, and sister, Diana Heathorn, in 2017. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carole; daughters Sarah Louise Stanton of Kettering & Lucy Jessica (Chad) Gilbert of Germantown; grandsons Matthew John & Michael Paul (Michelle) Argeroplos of Colorado; Christopher Simon Stanton of Kettering; John Ronald & Eli Richard Gilbert of Germantown; great--grandchildren Sheldon & Luna Argeroplos of Colorado; nephews Mark & Paul (Awo) Heathorn and special cousin Martin (Liz) Woolcock of England.
Graveside service 30 December, 1 p.m., Germantown Union Cemetery. Officiant, Pastor Gary Wheeler. The family welcomes all to attend. Arrangements by Arpp, Root & Carter Funeral Home. Donations in memory of Richard may be made to Germantown United Methodist Church, Valley View Music Boosters, Farmersville Fire Association, or Germantown Parks and Recreation Department.
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A donation pledge to Valley View Music BoostersIn loving memory of Richard Woolcock.
Paul Heathorn Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM
A donation pledge to Germantown United Methodist ChurchIn loving memory of Richard Woolcock.
Paul Heathorn Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM
Lucy and Chad, So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Prayers are with you and your family.
Kenny and Betty Crews Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM
Sending deepest condolences. i worked with Richard at The Dupps Company and have fond memories of him, especially his English humor. Always a gentleman, I can still to this day remember that kind, warm smile. It was a pleasure knowing him. May god bless your family at this difficult time.
Lisa Hartman Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM
So Sorry to hear ! Richard & I traveled together for many years for The DUPPS Co. He taught we everything he new and was very thorough at doing it, He & I and several others enjoyed after work conversations & Chuckles, God bless ! David Lewellyn AKA Bubbles
David Lewellyn Dec 26 2020 12:00 AM
Lucy, you have our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear father. Your obituary says it all - he was indeed a true gentleman. I very much enjoyed sitting near him in the GUMC choir loft. He loved to sing, but preferred the more high-brow anthems of the past rather than (his word) the "jiggidy" modern ones. We always laughed with him when he complained about a new very upbeat anthem that Jeanine Stiver would purchase. Even when his physical and cognitive health began to decline, we always made sure there was a place for him in the choir. He was one of us to the very end. In these past few years you have done everything you could do to make his life better, and I always appreciated that you made the effort to bring him to church most Sundays. We pray that God blesses you with strength and wonderful memories to help you go through these next days, weeks and months. Karen Carmickle and Mark Hiestand
Mark Heistand Dec 26 2020 12:00 AM
In loving memory of Richard. A wonderful brother, 'Budge', to Diana and a kind and caring uncle to Mark and Paul. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Sent with our love and deepest sympathy.Love Mark, Paul, Awo and Elliot
Love Mark, Paul, Awo and Elliot Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM