Richard E. Eades 78, of New Hartford and formerly of Earlville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center surrounded by the love of his family.

Richard Eugene Eades was born in Rome, New York on June 17, 1935, son of Stuart and Helen Merry Eades. He attended public schools in Rome, graduating in 1953 from Rome Free Academy. In 1957, he graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Army, serving two years at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Honorably discharged in 1959, he enrolled at St. Lawrence University, from which he received an M.Ed. degree in 1960.

From 1960 to 1964, he taught Social Studies (Grades 10-12) in Earlville Central School, located in Earlville, N.Y. From 1964-1990, he served as a Social Studies teacher (primarily Grade 11 American History) and Department Chair (Grades 7 12) in the Dansville Central School District, located in Dansville, N.Y. Following retirement, he moved to Earlville, New York. Most recently he resided in New Hartford, N.Y. with his wife, the former Crystal Elizabeth Chase, whom he married in 1963.

Dick has been a member of several occupation related associations, and is an active member in church and community groups. In the Earlville United Methodist Church, he has served as Historian, Chair of the Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee, and Alternate Lay Delegate to Annual Conference. He is also past President and a Trustee of the Quincy Square Museum Association, located in Earlville.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home 13 Oxford Rd. in New Hartford with the Rev Robert Wollaber and the Rev. Nancy Araujo officiating. At the conclusion the funeral services there was a Commandery Service. Interment will be in the spring in the Rathunville Cemetery in Verona.

In Lieu of flowers please consider the New London-Vienna Masonic Lodge #420 Memorial Fund, C/O John Peschel, 6344 Germany Rd. Verona, NY 13478 in his memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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