Richard "Dickie" Keith, a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service for 35 years, retired in 2004. He left an indelible mark on the community with his unwavering dedication and commitment to his work. Richard, born on July 6, 1949, in Frederick, Maryland, sadly passed away unexpectedly at Frederick Memorial Hospital on August 6, 2023.
Richard was a man of many facets, but above all else, he possessed a heart of gold. His strong personality and charming demeanor made it impossible for him to ever be considered a stranger. He had a natural gift for conversation and loved engaging with people from all walks of life. Richard's sense of humor was unparalleled; he always had a joke ready to lighten the room's atmosphere and bring smiles to everyone's faces.
Throughout his life, Richard cherished the time he spent with his family. His granddaughter held a special place in his heart, and they created countless precious memories together. One of their favorite activities was going on motorcycle rides, feeling the wind in their hair while exploring the open road. These outings allowed Richard to reveal his adventurous spirit and create deep bonds of love and friendship.
In addition to family time, Richard found joy in the company of his friends at the shop. Thirsty Thursdays were a weekly highlight that brought him immense happiness as he gathered with his buddies for laughter-filled conversations and camaraderie. The love and support he received from this close-knit group were invaluable to him.
Richard's love for Ford vehicles knew no bounds—especially anything red. Throughout the years, he collected Ford cars and trucks with great passion and enthusiasm. Each vehicle represented not only his appreciation for automotive excellence but also served as a testament to his unwavering dedication.
Before embarking on his long career as a mail carrier, Richard graduated from Gaithersburg High School in 1968. Reflecting his patriotic spirit, he proudly served in the U.S. Army, honoring his country with distinction and commitment.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Clark and Evelyn Linthicum Keith. He is survived by his loving daughter, Charity Poole, and her husband, Kenny. Richard's 33-year companion Debbie Garrish held a special place in his heart and provided him with unwavering support and love until the end. His granddaughter, Kerrigan Poole, brought immense joy to his life. Richard is also survived by his brothers, Robert (Bobby) Keith and Thomas (Tink) Keith, along with his sister-in-law Barbara. Countless dear friends mourn the loss of a remarkable man who touched their lives.
Richard Hamilton Keith will forever be remembered for his infectious laughter, kind-heartedness, and genuine love for life. His passing leaves an irreplaceable void in the hearts of all who had the honor of knowing him. While we grieve Richard's absence deeply, let us take solace in the knowledge that his memory will continue to bring smiles to our faces and warm our souls. May he rest in peace knowing he made a profound impact on all those he encountered throughout his remarkable journey.
Please plan to join the family for a Celebration of Life gathering in honor of Dickie on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 2:00pm at Dickie's home, 7321B McKaig Road, Frederick, Maryland 21701.