WASHINGTON, June 12, 2013 – Richard Lucas Wilson, a man who loved life, laughter, cars, and his family, passed away peacefully at his home on June 8th after a year-long battle with cancer.
Richard could find humor in all things, except for those driving slowly in the left lane, taxes and anything on MSNBC. He enjoyed music, cornbread and his Corvette, and loved his family dearly.
He is survived by his two sons, who credit their dad with making them the men they are today, Scott and Kent, and their spouses Sandra and Korenna. He also leaves behind three wonderful grandchildren (who knew him as Pop Pop) Zenna (age 10), Harper (age 6) and Holden (age 4).
A public servant and veteran of the United States Army Reserves, Richard was a long time employee of U.S. House of Representatives. He was truly a “Man of the House,” rising from a position with the Doorkeeper’s office to the Deputy Director of Chamber Security.
Over his nearly 25 years on Capitol Hill, he rubbed elbows with dozens of world dignitaries, U.S. Presidents from Nixon and Reagan to Obama, and even had the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth. However, he would claim that his greatest moment came when meeting actress Jessica Alba (“not only was she sweet, but she was beautiful without even wearing any makeup!” he proclaimed).
A great American, Richard loved all things patriotic including muscle cars, warm apple pie (with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream) and especially baseball.
Known to family as Snookums and friends as Rich, Richie, and even sometimes Dick, he continued to laugh until the day he passed. A master of self-deprecating humor, he could make anyone laugh at his own expense and had a knack for connecting with people from all walks of life. His personal favorites were “yo momma” jokes and anything involving physical humor. Richard also loved music of all kinds from Tower of Power to modern alternative rock bands like Modest Mouse.
Despite his sons’ best efforts, however, he never became a fan of contemporary hip hop.
He was also an extremely generous man, often giving his money, time and advice to anyone and everyone for whom he cared. He will be missed by many, and has undoubtedly touched the lives of thousands with his kindness, humor and limitless benevolence.
A memorial service in Richard’s honor will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 2 pm at Centreville United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Capital Caring, the hospice organization that so graciously helped care for Richard during his illness. You can donate online by visiting capitalcaring.org or by sending a check to Capital Caring, Attn: Capital Caring Resource Development Department, 2900 Telestar Court Falls Church, VA 22042. Please write “Tribute to Richard Wilson” on the note line of the check.
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