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Wednesday February 26th, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Wednesday February 26th, 2020
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Thursday February 27th, 2020

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Richard J Besse Sr.

Richard J. Besse Sr., 88, of Cherry Creek,NY entered into rest February 19, 2020

He was born February 6, 1932 in Leon, NY to the late Irene Besse

Richard served in the the United States Army during the Korean War and was married to the late Barbara Tingue for 54 years.

Richard worked for the town of Cherry Creek Plowing snow, owned the Cherry Creek restaurant, worked for Malabar Construction and retired as a locksmith for the Collins Correctional facility.

He was a lifetime member of the Cherry Creek Fire Dept., a charter/life member of the Pine Valley Vets Association, a member of the South Dayton American Legion and a member of the Pine Valley Pool League. He was an avid NASCAR fan, enjoyed spending time with his dog (Rusty) and love being with family and friends.

He is survived by his children Linda Besse, Deborah (Dan) Ostrom; daughter in law Cheryl Besse; grandchildren Christopher Cooper, Frank (Ginger) Besse, Daniel Besse, Mellissa (Chris) Cooper, Tracy (Keith) Davis and Nicole Besse; great grandchildren Ethan, Mia, Mattalyn and Salvatore.

Richard was preceded in death by his two sons, Thomas Besse and Richard Besse Jr. and a granddaughter Kerri Lynn Cooper

Relatives and friends may visit DiStasio Funeral Home 478 Route 83 at Balcom Corners South Dayton Wednesday from 2PM to 4PM and 7PM to 9PM where a funeral service will be Thursday at 11AM.

Interment will be in Cherry Creek Central Cemetery.

Family suggests Memorials to the Cherry Creek Fire Dept. PO Box 204, Cherry Creek, NY 14723



Only met Comrade Besse a few times during the last 5yrs. and what I do know is that he was honorable, tough, and honest. During conversations, he always had a twinkle in his eye when we spoke about his family members. I am confident when I say, his proudest moments was spent with his family.Many times I would be driving fast on RT 83 from South Dayton to Cherry Creek, I would find myself behind his pick up truck driving slightly below the speed limit. In turn, that was a reminder to slow things up and that other things could wait. Getting home for both of us became what was important.

Mullen Feb 26 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss.
May you find peace & strength in your memories
Elizabeth Lincoln Kent

Elizabeth Lincoln Kent Feb 24 2020 12:00 AM

May beautiful memories sustain you and may you be comforted by all the love shown. Dick Besse was a special friend to our family and a second father to Allen. Im sure Allen was standing at the pearly gates when Dick arrived and they are catching up on their stories.

Carol Lachut & Family

Carol Lachut Feb 22 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Besse Sr.

David and Dayle Barnes Feb 21 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, he was a wonderful person.

Sharon Reynolds and Bruce Erdmann Feb 21 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Besse Sr.

Dan & Bette DiStasio Feb 20 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Deb, Dan and Family...So very sorry for your loss. Sounds like your Dad lived a very full and wonderful life. Our most sincere condolence.

Doug Berlin Feb 20 2020 12:00 AM

Was so happy we finally got to meet him, Loved his sense of humor

Debi Feb 20 2020 12:00 AM

I remember meeting the Besse family in college and going to the CCR with Rick Besse, one of many college room mates in late 70's. Hard cold winters and a great place to stay. Had many talks with Dick and everyone. His phrase "are you working hard or hardly working" still rings on. The memories live on. My best to the family. Dave "slub"

Dave Sluberski Feb 20 2020 12:00 AM

Heard so many stories about Dick and his remarkable sense of humor from Dan and Deb. Finally got to meet him at the wedding in August. His humor did not disappoint. I know his family will miss him greatly. Prayers. Doreen and John

Doreen and John Pulbratek Feb 20 2020 12:00 AM

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