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Richard Dacey

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August 27, 2023

Born in: Watertown, New York

Richard (Dick) P. Dacey (81) passed away August 27th, 2023.  

Richard was born in 1941 in Watertown, New York to Robert and Frances Roxe Dacey. He was the youngest of four children. Richard graduated from Rochester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Business Administration and was drafted into the US Army and served a tour of duty in in Vietnam. He remained devoted to service for the remainder of his life, becoming a Quartermaster Officer and retiring from the military as a Colonel after 30 years of working abroad in Europe and Korea and at home in locations throughout the country. Key assignments included Battalion Command at Ft. Hood, Texas and Deputy Community Commander in Vicenza, Italy. Richard completed a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver and attended the Military Command and General Staff College. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 times), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 times), and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. 

After retirement from the military, he spent several years supporting successful business ventures before settling in his final home in Mason Neck, Virginia. From there he enjoyed golf, gardening, cooking, boating, reading, puttering in his workshop, and time with friends and family while overlooking his beautiful Potomac view with Peggy.  Every cold day was met with a warm fire fueled by his epic and always well stocked wall of wood.  

Richard married his first wife, Elizabeth Sgamma, in 1965, who died of cancer in 1982. Richard married Peggy Stout in 1984, and adopted Perry and Wendy.  He is survived by Peggy, his wife of 38 years, his daughters, Christina and Wendy, his son, Timothy, and his six grandsons, Alexander, Nicholas, Jove, Emmett, Declan, and Lucas.

There will be a funeral ceremony on February 2nd at 10:45 at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer with interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery. A small reception will follow at the Arlington Officer’s club. Please contact timdacey@hotmail.com for more details.

In lieu of flowers, we welcome donations to the Richard Dacey Memorial fund for the Fisher House.

Services

Funeral Service: February 2, 2024 10:45 am

Old Post Chapel
204 Lee Avenue
Fort Meyer, VA 22211


Committal: February 2, 2024 12:00 am

Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Drive
Arlington, VA 22211


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  1. Dick and I were very good friends at WHS in Watertown, NY. We worked at Empsalls Department store and two summers at Cedar Point State Park in Clayton, NY and Dick was the best man at my wedding in Albany, NY in 1964. Because of location, the army and Viet Nam we drifted apart but in 2021 we happened to meet each other in Watertown at his sister Mary’s wake , we had a beer and breakfast the next day and caught up on 50 years of our lives. Through the years I have thought about the good and wild episodes we did as young adults. RIP Duece, I hope you have the Irish Funeral that you deserve

  2. In 1993, while looking for a civilian job after resigning from the Army, Dick and Peggy opened their home as a place to stay on several occasions while interviewing for jobs in the DC area. I recall one day I was sitting on his couch when he returned from work. He looked at me and pulled out a Red Cross donor card that was checked off for 6 gallons of blood donated. With a wry smile he said “well that’s it – that’s the amount of blood Elizabeth needed.” I have always known Col. Dacey (he wanted me to call him Dick) to be a generous man who welcomed us into his home on many occasions later as well. God bless him and all his family. Comfort them. Bring us all closer to You, oh Lord.

  3. I went through basic training with Dick in March and April of 1966 and invited him to come home with me for the weekend along with several other soldiers. I remember Dick as being a positive, outgoing, funny man who was stout upon entering basic but changed into a lean mean fightin machine at the end of basic. You could just tell what a great guy he was by his attitude. Everyone loved him. My condolences on your loss.


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