Richard S. Renodin, 82, of Utica, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 21, 2021, with his loving family at his side.
Richard, known to many by his middle name “Sherril,” was born on November 27, 1938, son of the late Clement and Eulalia (Hoch) Renodin. He grew up on the Renodin family farm in Russia Corners, graduated from Poland Central High School in 1956, and served in the army for two years.
A charming and magnetic person, Richard was dearly loved by his family, friends, and most anyone who met him. He enjoyed assisting his lovely wife, Linda, with the newspaper crossword puzzle and their weekly jaunts to make “donations'' to the casino. Their special song together was “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” by Lou Rawls. He was a kind and understanding father, and always ready to help, whether it was for a ride, moving, or bail money.
He was a beautiful singer and whistler, and could yodel quite well, much to the amazement of the few who had the opportunity to hear it. He was a voracious reader and told great stories of his adventures growing up on the family farm making trouble with his cousin Billy, various bar brawls, and humorous anecdotes about life’s mishaps and learning experiences. He frequented the Polish Community Club faithfully every Saturday to joke with his special buddy, Frank the bartender, who often referred to him as “Pops.” Most of all, he loved being with his family and friends, enjoying a good glass of scotch, and telling a great (if mildly inappropriate) joke.
An expert salesman with little interest in retirement, Richard worked full-time until he was eighty-one. Most recently, Richard spent over twenty years selling cars with Carbone Auto Group (Lithia), helping his customers, many family members and friends, purchase new vehicles. He had many loyal customers, who became his friends over the years.
Richard was an athlete, played and followed various sports, was a loyal Yankees and Giants fan, and had an uncanny memory for baseball facts and figures. A lifelong member of the Oriskany Hills Golf Club with a terrific swing, Richard regularly played golf with his many great pals and his children whenever he had the opportunity, and always looked forward to Spring, when he could play again.
The family would like to give special thanks to granddaughter, Shelby, for helping Papa use the internet over the past several months.
Richard is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda Renodin; six children, Randall (Barbara) Renodin Hughes, Remsen, Jeffrey Renodin Hughes, Egg Harbor City, NJ, Richard (Chrystal) Renodin, Utica, David (Mary) Renodin, Utica, Tina Renodin, Utica, Cheryl (Kevin) Kennedy, Troy; three step-children, Linda (Donna) Aldi, Dominick Aldi, and Robin (Timothy) Masters; sister-in-law, Dorothy (Wayne) Pritchard; his “bro” Gary LeFevre; his best friend, Sonny (Rose) LaTulipe; twelve grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and dozens of nieces and nephews.
Richard was devastated by the loss of his beloved son, Scott Renodin Hughes, in 2018 and was saddened to lose many lifelong friends, Eddie Francis, Philly Passalia, Frank Mazza, and Glen Nandlestadt, in recent years. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Edward (Bessie), Anselm "Sonny" (Margie) and Leon (Florence) Renodin; sisters, Frances (Theodore) LeFevre, Laura (Thomas) Failing, Virginia (Bernard) Allen, Helen (Albert) Faraci, Ardel Renodin, Mary Burritt, Isabel (Homer) Farr, Lorraine (Carl) Warner; and daughters-in-law, Annie (Jeffrey) and Dawn (Scott) Hughes.
Richard’s family honored him privately due to Covid -19. A memorial gathering and toast to his life will be held at Oriskany Hills Golf Club in Spring.
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