Richard Carr of Lewiston passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 6th. Born in 1926 in Danbury, CT to Charles and Millie Beseth. Richard graduated from Niagara Falls High School at age 16 in the accelerated Air Force cadet program. He then hitchhiked to San Francisco and joined the U.S. Merchant Marines, Army Transport Service. During WWII, he served aboard the U.S.S. Shawnee and the U.S.S. Sea Train Texas in the South Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean, New Guinea, Maritimes, Philippines and Okinawa, returning to the South Pacific until the end of 1945.
In 1946, he wed Roberta M. Steinbrenner. After 51 years of marriage, Roberta passed away in 1997. Richard worked in auto management for 33 years,first at Trapassos and Melanes, then as Whitworth's truck manager for 28 years. After retirement, Richard owned and operated the windshield saver for 20 years.
Richard's passion was flying. He acquired his private pilot license in 1953 and flew until 2001, accumulating 9,000 hours in the United States, Canada and Mexico. He was a member of AOPA Cardinal Club and Buffalo Aero Club. He referred to flying as his "tranquilizer".
Richard and his family traveled extensively, including the US, Europe and Central America.
In later years, Richard reconnected with his love of photography. He bought his first camera at age 12 and convinced his parents to take him to Canada to photograph Winston Churchill on his train trip through Ontario. In high school, Richard worked for Century Photo. In San Francisco, he processed war film in Kota Crome. At age 70, he started selling his unique photographs "Scene by Dick" at area art shows and local establishments. He was a member of the Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda camera clubs and won many awards from both. In his 80s, he traveled to the Galapagos Islands with his daughter to fulfill a dream of photographing the many species of animals studied by Charles Darwin. Richard retained an active interest in technology, history, politics and world affairs until his passing.
Richard was predeceased by his wife, Roberta; sons, Richard and James; brother, Charles; sisters-in-law, June and Lila Crewe; and niece, Eileen.
Survivors include his daughter, Jeanine; son-in-law, William Mollosky; brother, Jack; sister-in-law, Lee Carr; nieces, Roberta Skurski, Kathleen Harold, Debbie Maess, Patricia Canazzi, Pamela Carr-Borders, Cathy Carr, Ashley Eileen Carr; and nephew, Greg Carr; as well as his "old girl" Bonnie Fyfe Moore; and his loving caregiver, Lydia Dueger.
As Richard requested, no service will be held. He donated his body to the University of Buffalo Anatomical Gift program. If you wish, a contribution may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094 in recognition of the excellent care they provided.
Published on September 12, 2017