Richard “Dick” Price, 90, died peacefully Dec. 7 at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park, Fla. A native of Bradford, Pa., he was born Dec. 3, 1919 to Thomas “Duke” and Mary Elizabeth Price.
He graduated from Grove City College with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering, then taught at their Naval Training School. As an ensign in the Navy, he was stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1946. He taught and was head of the math department for a short time at Navy Pacific University and taught at the University of Hawaii. After his service, he worked various sales jobs, primarily as department managers at Sears Roebuck in Youngstown for more than 25 years.
Dick was perhaps best known for his passion for sports, especially baseball. He excelled in essentially every sport in high school and college and pitched on the Navy team. He played for 15 years on Youngstown’s AA Baseball League in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, best known for playing pitcher, short stop and outfielder. He coached Little League for the Donnell Ford team in the 1950s, winning the championship six times. Among his many achievements were: being inducted into the East Side Civics Hall of Fame, the Baseball Town USA Hall of Fame, and the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame; receiving the Youngstown Baseball Old Timer’s Association “King of the Realm” award in 1991; and in 2005 being named Man of the Year by the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame. He played for over 20 years in the Youngstown Old Timers League before developing an interest in golf in Florida, playing nearly every day.
Mr. Price was a member of the Poland Presbyterian Church and Mason Blue Lodge, and was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Kwiatkowski of Vallejo, Calif., daughter-in-law Sandra Price of Hendersonville, Tenn., son Richard Price and daughter-in-law Perin Price of Corona, Calif., and sisters-in-law Barbara Price of Bradford, Pa. and Betty Brooke of Columbiana, as well as five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, in addition to members of a large extended family.
He is predeceased by his companion and former wife Dorothy Nagel; son Ryan Price; brothers Russell, William, Paul and Thomas Price; and sisters Elsie Lawless, Bessie Kahle and Laura Price.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., in Bradford, Pa., assisted with burial arrangements. A private graveside memorial service will take place at a time to be determined. Memorial donations may be made to the SunCoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, Fla. 33760.