dr. richardstrauss
Greece: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at age 76. Survived by his wife, Mary Lee Strauss; daughters, Heidi (Bill) Robinson and Holly (Dan) Pearl; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Dr. Strauss graduated from the University of Buffalo(1959), the University of Pennsylvania Dental School (1963), and Columbia University, Orthodontics program (1966). He practiced for 39 years in the towns of Greece and Hilton. Dr. Strauss is the past president of Greece Rotary Club 1971-1972; two times Paul Harris Fellow recipient and a life member of the Greece Historical Society. In his spare time, he enjoyed sailing, auto racing and fishing. The family would like to thank Crimson Ridge Gardens, St. John's Home and Lifetime Care Hospice for all their love and support they gave Dr. Strauss. Dr. Strauss' visitation will be held Monday, June 23, 2014 4-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. A private interment will be in Ridgeway, Ontario Canada. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greece Rotary Club (www.greecerotaryclub.org), Greece Historical Society (www.greecehistoricalsociety.net) or Lifetime Care Hospice (www.lifetimecare.org) in his memory. For more information and to sign Dr. Strauss' online guestbook, please visit www.MeesonFamily.com

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  1. Dearest Lee, Heidi and Holly,

    I am sharing in your grief over Richard’s passing. The photo you’ve chosen is perfect–it’s the cousin I remember so well with the twinkle in his eye and the ready smile. Sending you all my love and heartfelt sympathy, Marcia

  2. Hi Lee,
    Sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. We always enjoyed the fishing trips when we lived in Orchard Brook. They were some of the best times that I will always remember.
    Phil & Nancy Leyendecker
    Fredonia, NY

  3. LEE, Read article in D&C today and remembered talking to you Tuesday Evening at the Historical Society meeting. Sorry it happened so soon.


  4. Lee,
    So very sorry to learn that Dick has past. He was a long time friend and a person I respected both professionally and as a person. My condolences to you and the girls.

    Heidi and Holly,
    Your dad was a real inspiration to us in the profession. He was always a step ahead of everyone else in patient treatment and technology. I am very saddened that he has left us. He was a true hero in my book. I will always remember him in aspecial way every 9-2.

    Carl Gerard

  5. Thank you for your message, Eleanor. Rich developed pneumonia, which took his life. It was a blessing because he was in such pain without enough pain meds, but confused by such heavy doses.

  6. Thank you for your thoughts. He was fine on Easter and paralyzed by Friday. A tumor pressing on the spine was the cause. The original site was the kidney, however. Pneumonia caused his death. It all seems unreal because it unfolded so fast. It is a blessing he is gone as he was in a lot of pain.

  7. Thank you, Carl. It was unexpected as he was fine on Easter. By Friday he couldn’t walk. A tumor pressing on the spine was the cause. The origianl site was the kidney. He died of pneumonia, however, which was a blessing.

  8. Thanks, Marcia. The photo was part of a picture taken at Holly’s wedding in 1995. She and Dan were married in Las Vegas. We had a great time. Rich had a good sense of humor right up to the end. I tried to call, but didn’t find you home. I will keep trying. Lee

  9. Sending sympathy to Mrs. Strauss, Heidi, Bill, Holly & Dan. So sorry to hear of his passing. What wonderful memories I have growing up with all of you…playing in the neighborhood & the woods, swimming, driving us to school, camping in the Adirondacks and vacations to Cancun. Always very kind and generous to me, thank you!!
    Rest in peace.
    Kari DePalma

  10. Dear Lee, Heidi, and Holly,
    So very sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of your family and household and I will be thinking of all of you.
    With warmest regards,
    Cindy Crumrine

  11. Dear Lee: Richard was a good friend and respected colleague. So sorry to hear of his passing. It was a pleasure to have filled in for a week at his Hilton office some years ago and to have the support that his staff gave me. He seemed to love Orthodontics and was active in the New York State Associations of Orthodontists, and so it surprised me that his fine longtime career in Orthodontics was not mentioned in his obituary. I knew Dick as a real nice person and I’m truly sorry if he suffered near the end of his life. Most Sincerely: Lee Edwards

  12. Heidi and Holly, So sorry about your dad. Love and prayers being sent your way from the entire Moscowitz household.

  13. Mrs Lee Strauss and family,
    Very sorry to hear about Richard .
    Enjoyed working with him in the building. Dr. Strauss was such nice kind man and lots of fun. I remember him dressing up for Halloween and how much fun the kids had coming to his office.
    Rest in peace.

  14. We were sorry to hear of Dr Strauss’ death. Both our daughter Jen, and, myself ( in my 40’s!) had him as our orthodontist . I remember when he wasn’t able to be there when my braces were removed, left me a bottle of champagne that Dr Fox gave me. A very nice man, as well as all his office staff.

  15. Lee, Heidi and Holly: My heart goes out to you. So sorry to hear the loss of Dr. Strauss. He was an excellent boss and I enjoyed working with him during my high school years. Think of all of you often. Lisa

  16. Lee and girls,
    I am so very sorry. I have so very many memories of wonderful times spent with you as a couple and our families together. God Bless you all. Carol Resch Gurgel

  17. Thank you, Lee, for your message. The obit on the Meeson web site mentions his education and that he practiced 39 years. Other than that I guess we thought everybody knew him as an orthodontist since he and Bill Piarulli treated most of the cases in the town. Great years! We re-connected with paitents who are now nurses, or mothers of patients who worked in some capacity at Unity or St. John’s. Even ill, he had fun with them. Lee

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