Richard Lee Potter
September 23, 1939 - May 06, 2016
A son of the American Dream
Dick, to all who knew him, left this life on May 6, 2016, following a battle with cancer. Dick was born September 23, 1939 in Seattle, WA to Marshall and Bertha Potter. Graduating from Ballard High in 1957. Dick is survived by his wife Genie of 29 years; daughter Susan Romei (Steve), son Jeff Potter, grandson Tony Romei, brother Bud Potter (Carol). Also survived by Genie's children Amy Zimbelman (Eric), Andy Marshall (Stacy), and step grandchildren, Austin, Lucas, Wyatt, Keaton and Olive.
Dick was a son of the American Dream, beginning as an apprentice carpenter with his father Dick worked hard. Over a period of six decades Dick rose from the field ranks to the office, becoming Vice-President of Operations for a respected General Contractor.
He retired in 2004, after serving for 15 years as Construction Manager at Gull Industries. At Gull he was responsible for every project from conception to completion.
Retirement was not for Dick. He was consultant on many special projects; rebranding of a large hotel in Seattle; helping start a helicopter terminal in Boulder City. Dick's most passionate consulting project was the construction of the new club house for the Edmonds Yacht Club. Then Dick moved on to importing custom cabinets with his son Jeff. During his construction career of 45 plus years Dick had the opportunity to work with some truly great people.
Dick was not all work. He loved skiing, travel, music and boating with wonderful friends and family. In earlier years you could find him moored at Husky games. Later years would find he and his beloved Genie on their "Magic Lantern II" somewhere in the waters of the San Juan's or Canada. Above all, Dick enjoyed being with his family and watching his grandchildren grow.
We love you and miss you more than words can ever express. Thank you for the happiness you brought into our lives.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday, June 26th at Edmonds Yacht Club, 326 Admiral Way, Edmonds, WA 98020
Love Lives On
Those we love remain with us,
for Love itself lives on.
Cherished memories never fade;
because one loved is gone.
Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart,
for as long as there's a memory
they live on in our heart.
Think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched,
for nothing loved is ever lost,
and she was loved so much.
Crossing the Bar
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
Lord Alfred Tennyson