David Charles William Rich
Born in London, England on May 18, 1930, to the late Victor and Teresa Rich, David passed away on April 4, 2014, at his home in Alameda with his family by his side.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Shelia W. Rich, children, Julie (Kevin) Thomas and Glen Rich, grandchildren, Christopher (Kristen) Thomas, Jenifer Thomas and Andrew (Debra) Thomas and great-grandchildren, Melissa, Victoria, David, Avery, Braden, Kelsey, Karlie and Colin Thomas. He loved his family, and will be dearly missed.
David served two years in the Royal Air Force, was a Meteorologist at Heathrow Airport in London, a Broker with Lloyds of London, an Executive Underwriter at Hartford Insurance Company and retired from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company as vice president. He was a member of The Salvation Army, where he served as a Corps Sargent Major in Oakland for 15 years, holding various positions as Band Master, Chaplain and Lay Minister.
He was an avid amateur inventor, enjoyed model boat making and piloting boats, and was a talented musician.
Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation today, Thursday, April 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the Funeral Service on Friday, April 11, at 10 a.m. all held at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda. He will be laid to rest at Cypress Lawn in Colma.
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