Richard Eugene Lirette, Sr. • November 11, 2019
Richard Eugene Lirette, Senior, died peacefully on Monday, November 11th, 2019, in Pensacola, Florida at the age of eighty-seven.
Richard is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Jane Lirette, of Pensacola, Florida; his son, Richard E. Lirette, Jr., of Pace, Florida; his son, Clayton A. Lirette, of Defuniak Springs, Florida; his daughter, Susan L Lee, of Pace, Florida; his stepson, Tommy Gottily, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and his stepdaughter, Karen Gauvey, of Norwood, Colorado; along with his grandchildren Ben Lirette, Jennifer Lirette Stephens, Nathan Ball, Matthew Lirette, Ashley Lirette, Caroline Guinn, Jacob Fisher, Elizabeth Lirette, Jessie Fisher, Katherine Lirette, Chauncey Gauvey, and twenty-two great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents Leward (Lee) and Bertha Lirette, and his sister Helen Greene.
Richard was born on January 21st, 1932 in Thibodaux, Louisiana. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Navy and served from February 1949 to January 1953.He then returned to Pensacola where he started a family. He was an active member of the Shriners. Richard worked at Monsanto for most of his career as a mechanic and pipe fitter until his retirement.
Richard was a hardworking family man and a loving father. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends along with boating, ballroom dancing, and working on cars. Richard met his wife Jane at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where they maintained membership over the years. His family and friends will always remember him as a kind, genuine, and caring person. Throughout his adult life, those that met him would comment on how nice and delightful he was.
Services will be held on Monday, November 18th, 2019 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 850 N. Blue Angel Partway, Pensacola. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. followed by the memorial service. Burial will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Richard’s life. The family would like to thank the staff at Grandview Retirement Center, Sacred Heart Hospital, and Covenant Hospice for their care and compassion.