June 19, 1934 ~ December 19, 2020

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

Richard A. Rightmyer

Greece:  Richard was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the age of 86 surrounded by his family.  He is survived by his loving wife, Vivian for 63 years; children, David Rightmyer, Cathleen Pusateri and Jocelyn Rightmyer; grandchildren, Dana Rightmyer, Shana Rightmyer, Matthew Pusateri and Stephanie Iraci; sister, Nancy Howell-Walsh; nieces and nephews.

Richard has a 26 year career in the United States navy.  One of his favorite jobs was working at the Genesee Country Museum as a blacksmith.  He created beautiful objects from metal.  He was a devoted and faithful member of his church.

Due to the pandemic a mass and celebration of life will be announced in 2021.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pax Christi Rochester in care of Harry Murray 40 Reservoir Avenue Rochester NY 14620.  For more information or to sign his online guestbook, visit

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Richard Rightmyer 's name.

Pax Christi Rochester c/o Harry Murray

40 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY 14620

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  1. To the best father…you made my life better and I am who I am because of you. Knowing you are at peace helps but you will be sadly missed Dad. I love you.

  2. I will always remember sitting in the garage, enjoying the cool breeze and talking Navy, what an awesome Man! My condolences.

  3. Prayers for peace and comfort during this tragic loss. 🙏✝️ May he RIP. 😢 Let us know if you need anything. hugs xo

  4. Jocelyn my condolences. His body may has left you and your family, but his spirit and love will always be with you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.🙏

  5. My sincere condolences to Vivian and family. Dick and I served together in the navy, and were friends in

    civilian life. I will keep Dick and the family in my prayers.

  6. I will miss you forever grampa. I’m so thankful for the years we had together. Thank you for everything you did. Rest in paradise 💙

  7. Dick was a very caring man, he helped alot of us at St Bridget,s along with Vivian. He had a warm smile that came from deep within………….Know that my prayers and sorrow are with you

  8. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. Sorry to hear of your loss, just know I’m thinking about you.

  9. So sorry for your loss, Dick was one of my mentors when I started blacksmithing. He was very kind and always willing to help out and share his knowledge. He will be missed.

  10. My first smithing experience was with Dick. He was an inspirational teacher. I owe him a lot and he will definitely be missed.

  11. I’m very sorry for your loss. Dick was a great teacher, mentor and friend. He left an indelible mark on the community.

  12. I am so sorry to hear of cousin Dick passing, I send my sincere condolences to Vivian and the family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers especially during this time when we can not gather to give a proper fair well. God bless you all!

  13. Bought my first forge from Dick after a 35 year absence. He always had a tip on how to do different things and for that I am grateful. We shared a few sea stories from navy times and I can tell you Jocelyn, that he was very proud of you. He will be deeply missed.

  14. Jocelyn,
    I’m sorry for your loss of your Dad. Know that he will be with you always in spirit and within your heart.
    I wish you and your family peace.

  15. Our sincerest condolences to Vivian and family. Dick taught Don black smithing and continued to be a friend and mentor for as long as he was able.
    They worked together on a few big jobs. They also enjoyed occasional trips to Schwan’s for lunch. He will be greatly missed.

    Don and Mary Kieffer

  16. Vivian, what a sad loss. We remember Dick well, as a kind, gentle, peaceful soul. And so you were a wonderful match! We wish you peace as you learn to live in a new way.
    Frank & Sue

  17. To Vivian and the entire Rightmyer and Honan families,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. What a treasure Richard was!

    It was such a pleasure to show Dorine and Richard (in 2008) the boat that Uncle Paddy Honan made that had been donated to the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse when they visited us. Richard said that his father was the little boy in the picture with Paddy. I used both of these pictures on the cover of the book for the history of Charlotte because it portrayed both the nautical heritage of the area and joining of different generations of the Honan family! We are still hoping to preserve the Honan genealogy for generations to come.

    I would be happy to send you the photos if you contact me.

  18. My condolence to the Rightmyer family. We were both in the NYSDB club for many years and I considered him a good friend.

  19. To dear Vivian and all the family.
    I am sad to see your loss, and I look back on so many happy memories.
    Hoping to be able to celebrate his life with you when it’s possible to have a Mass.
    Sister Jean

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