RICHARD LYDY

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Richard Lee “Dick”  Lydy, age 85, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Toledo. Dick was born in Toledo on October 5, 1932, at Robinwood Hospital, to Howard and Agnes (Mueller) Lydy. He began his schooling at Monroe Street School at 6 years old, and at his time of death, was still able to name most of his grade school teachers. His first job–at 10 years old–was setting pins at H&H Bowling Alley at 6 cents per line. At 12 years old, he sold popcorn at sporting events, and at 14, he bought a paper route for $60 from a friend. (With his own money and without his parents’ knowledge, he proudly recalled.) He delivered papers to 60 customers on Scottwood Avenue in the Old West End, and in 1944, one of his customers gave him a $10 Christmas gift. Dad would love to tell you that that is equivalent to $100 today! Dick graduated from Scott High School in 1950 and worked in the engineering department at Toledo Edison for a year. He then attended Toledo University for 1-½ years where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Dick joined the United States Air Force (USAF) with three fraternity brothers (As he retells the story, he hatched the plan) and was stationed at Mildenhall AFB outside of Newmarket, England, where he met his wife of 62 years, Ann (Colleen) Doyle at a dance hall. Dick had a passion for the MG automobile and felt quite at home in England. After marrying in 1955, and expecting their first child (Mark), he requested an honorable discharge from the Air Force so that his child would be born in the States. After returning home, Dick entered into industrial sales and later started Lydy’s Industrial Supply Company. He ran his company, in Point Place, for 51 years, only closing due to illness at age 85. He was a wealth of information on owning and operating a small business and loved the work he did. He viewed the support and friendship of his customers as one of his proudest achievements. Dick loved to share practical advice about the tax benefits of business ownership (the triple-net lease was a favorite) and advised all four of his children in pursuit of entrepreneurship, particularly his son, Rich, who ran Lydy’s Tool and Die Supply Company in New Port Richey, Florida, until his recent death. Dad will be remembered as a great provider to his family, a keen photographer, an exceptional sailor, an expert on cars of many makes and models, especially 1930s-era Fords and MG sport cars. Dad always kept a very neat appearance, wearing khakis and button-down shirts most days. Dick is survived by his wife, Ann (Colleen) Lydy; his sister, Karen Sue (Alfred) Briggs; his three children; Mark (Chris) Lydy, Bartley J. Lydy, Sr., and Donna (Todd) Smith; and six grandsons; Todd Lydy, Chad Lydy, Bartley J. Lydy, II, Drew Lydy, Riley Smith and Reagan Smith. He was preceded in death on March 2 of this year by his third-born son, Richard Grant “Rich” Lydy. Visitation was held Monday, April 2, at the David R. Jasin-Hoening Funeral Home at 5300 North Summit Street in Point Place. The visitation concluded with a chance to share stories and memories. Family and friends met at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 3, and proceded to Dick’s final resting place at Resurrection Cemetery for a service, with military honors presented by the Lucas County Veterans Burial Corps. Donations may be made to the Jolly Rogers Junior Sailing Club, 4961 Edgewater Drive, Toledo, OH 43611. Online expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting hoeningfuneralhome.com.
 

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