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 email@example.com for more details.
In lieu of flowers, we welcome donations to the Richard Dacey Memorial fund for the Fisher House.