Richard Fitch “Dick” Corrington died on Aug. 4, 2018 at his home in Lexington.

Richard Fitch “Dick” Corrington died on August 4, 2018 at his home in Lexington. 

Dick was born on June 10, 1931, to the late John W. and Aileen F. Corrington of Evanston, Ill., and had one brother, John W. Corrington, Jr., who predeceased him in 1997.

Dick had an idyllic childhood growing up in the Chicago area and attended the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Ill., where he met the girl who would one day become his wife, his much adored Franny.  Upon graduation, Dick fled the frigid Illinois winters, moved to sunny California where he graduated in 1953 from Pomona College and subsequently obtained his MBA from Stanford University in 1955.  He participated in the ROTC while in college and was a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve from 1955-1958 serving as a meteorologist.  Dick and Franny married in 1953 while stationed in Norfolk and spent their time away from base to explore Virginia and discovered the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, which would eventually become their home.

After completing his Naval service, Dick and Franny returned to Illinois where Dick acquired a position with the stock brokerage firm of Paine, Webber, Jackson & Curtis in Chicago. He quickly scaled the ranks becoming, at that time, the youngest ever Partner of the noted firm.  His career with Paine Webber continued when his fast growing family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut where he made the daily commute to New York City’s Wall Street, building a reputation as a knowledgeable, respected stock broker and investment banker. He continued to be drawn to the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley and in 1997 he had the opportunity to escape the rigors of Wall Street, purchasing land in Lexington, and continuing his financial career as the branch manager of Paine Webber’s Roanoke office.

It was in Lexington that Dick and Franny built their dream house in 1978, “Corner of the Sky”. The more relaxed southwest Virginia lifestyle allowed Dick to further pursue other interests including his surprising hobby as an amateur magician.  As “The Great Ricardo”, Dick’s impromptu, lively performances entertained his own children and local civic groups with often unintended hilarity. Despite the occasional failed trick, his enthusiasm for the art of magic never waned and nothing delighted him more than making the impossible become possible, a craft he best honed in his Wall Street days. Dick was much more gifted as a woodworker, making his first piece of furniture for Franny while still in high school and mastered his skills through the years creating beautifully crafted furniture.

In 1998, Dick and Franny built their summer home, “Northern Light”, on the shores of Lake Charlevoix in Northern  Michigan, where they swam, sailed, and relaxed in the quiet woods surrounding their family compound. It was no secret that Charlevoix and Lexington were the most beloved places on earth to Dick and he took great pleasure in supporting both communities.

Locally, he formerly served on the Board of Directors of Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Historic Lexington Foundation and Rockbridge Area Occupational Center, was president of Lime Kiln Arts, Inc. (1986- 1990), was a member of Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club, and an ardent supporter of Project Horizon, Rockbridge Area Hospice and numerous other service organizations. Dick was a man of enormous talents and boundless curiosity. His always analytical mind was truly brilliant but it was his loving, giving heart that most impressed those who were fortunate enough to know him. He was kind, funny and a truly good man who generously and quietly used the benefits of his hard work to help others.

Dick was predeceased by his wife, Franny, in 2014. He will be forever loved and forever missed by his sons, Richard F. “Rick” Corrington, Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Lexington, William B. “Bill” Corrington of Reston, James F. Corrington of Roanoke, and his daughter, Frances “Francie” Corrington of Frankfort, Ky.; sisters-in-law Lesley Seltzer and Ann Boal, both of Phoenix, Ariz., as well as many cousins and close friends.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at Lauderdale A.R. Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Benjamin W. Dowling, III.  There will be no visitation at the funeral home but the family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service for a time of reflection and celebration of Dick's life.

In lieu of flowers,  please consider contributions in memory of Richard F. Corrington to: Lake Charlevoix Association, P.O. Box 294, Charlevoix, Michigan, 49720, or the charity of your choice

Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home and Crematory.


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