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Richard Harrison

Beloved Father, Brother and Grandfather Richard ‘Dick’ James Harrison died at the age of 78 on May 8, after a valiant nine-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of almost 38 years, Linda Lynch Harrison, sister Katherine Mann (Bill), son Richard J. Harrison (Xiomara), daughter Heather Lynch Hansen, daughter Katherine Betterly (Luke), son Joshua Lynch (Angelique), plus grandchildren William and Grayson Betterly, Xavier Harrison and Lucia and Espen Hansen. He was looking forward to the birth of his fifth grandson this summer, James Richard Lynch. He was preceded in death by daughter Laury Ann Lynch.

Dick, Dad, Papa and Big Papa was bigger than life in stature, impact and personality. He was an avid tennis player and skilled sailor, pursuing both with a good-natured but unmistakable competitive spirit. He worked at DuPont Co. for 25 years, and after early retirement in 1991, he worked in biomedical device development as a consultant, relishing in the entrepreneurial cycle and patent filing.

He had boundless spontaneity and a sense of adventure, finding the fun in the most mundane parts of everyday life. He loved traveling the globe with Linda and attending just about any theater or musical performance available anywhere. He loved romance, magicians, Broadway music and parties. He also loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and family.

When he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2014, he chose to pursue every treatment, every clinical trial to extend his life. His optimism and fight never wavered.

Funeral Services

A funeral service will be held at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE 19803 at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 18. Friends are invited to call upon the family the evening before, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17. A burial will be held following the service at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery.


    Gina Murphy & Bill Lewis writes,
    Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of such an exceptional man.
    05/11/2023 11:01 am
    Jeff L. lit a candle and writes,
    To the Harrison and Lynch families, I am deeply sorry for your loss. At Josh's wedding, it was such a great honor to spend time with you, to see the family that Dick and Linda had raised. You are all such wonderful people. He had a smile that would light up the room, and an intellect and humor that was infectious. I remember the way he would interact with you and he always looked so proud at what you all had become. I am grateful to have met him and spent time with him in Delaware. We truly lost a great one. My condolences, -Jeff
    05/11/2023 01:41 pm
    Brittney Mouzon lit a candle and writes,
    My sincere condolences , he was such a sweet kind hearted man who will be missed.
    05/12/2023 06:47 pm
    Sid & Billie Sack writes,
    We heard about Richard. We are so sorry for your loss. May God Bless you and keep you safe. S&B
    05/15/2023 11:39 am
    John-Danielle Zeszut lit a candle and writes,
    I’m very sorry for your loss…Dick was a kind, funny, smart, caring person. There was a reason we met, and I am thankful for the memories. John and I will always be here for Linda. Sending love and prayers your way
    05/17/2023 03:43 pm
    Terry Netzer lit a candle and writes,
    My heartfelt condolences on the passing of such an wonderful man and good friend. I just got back from a month long vacation from the midwest and was not aware of his passing. He will be missed in the tennis community as well as the dinners he promoted with good friends. A nice big man with a big heart.
    05/18/2023 05:54 pm
    Gene & Jane writes,
    May the Lord and Peace be with you Linda and family as you journey through the loss of Richard. Our sincere Sympathy
    05/19/2023 02:14 pm

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