Richard G. Root, known to many as Dick, age 66, of Osteen, FL, formerly of Massena and Norwood, NY, passed away after a brief illness, on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, with his loved ones at his side. He moved through his life with an uncommon grace and humility and craved wisdom above all else. He is survived by all who knew and loved him.
Born October 29, 1946, in Massena, NY to Richard E. and Eva Root, he was later adopted in 1964 by his aunt and uncle, Jennie and Bernard Wolstenholme, of Norwood, changing his last name to Wolstenholme. He attended Norwood-Norfolk Central Schools, graduating in 1965 and served in the US Air Force from 1965-1969. Dick reclaimed his name as an adult and once became Richard Root. Dick retired from the New York Power Authority, after 26 years, in December 2002. He moved to Florida in 2005 and enjoyed playing golf, bowling, swimming, and supporting his community.
Dick is loved and remembered by his wife Judy: his two sons; Dr. Jason Wolstenholme of Burlington, VT, and his partner, Amy Magyar and Richard G. Root, II and his wife, Nour Belokda, of Sanford, FL; a daughter, Erin Buchanan Lopez and her husband, Derek Lopez and their two children, Lilly and Tyler; and four sisters: Rosalind (Roz) Root McGee, Gertrude (Trudy) Root, Barbara Chrystyna and Sandra Boniscavage. He is also survived by his previous wives, Betty Robillard and Patricia Poulin. Dick was predeceased by his parents and two nephews, Timothy McGee and Stephen McGee.
Dick will be remembered as a kind and caring man to all he came in contact with. He was eternally grateful for the love and support he received from his community and gave back selflessly. As a member of IBEW, he was one of the founders of the Massena Labor Day Parade and a member of American Legion Post #79. He also served as one of the initial board members of Rose Hill Adolescent Treatment Center. On November 14th, 2012, Dick received his 31-year coin from Alcoholics Anonymous. He will be fondly remembered by all he sponsored and mentored through AA.
Dick had a passion for all sports and was a faithful fan of the New York Teams, especially the Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers and attended many of the games. He was also an avid Syracuse basketball fan.
A memorial service was held in Florida, standing room only and was a true celebration of his life. Another service will be held in Massena at the convenience of the family.