Richard Clinton Remmey III
November 1, 1947 – July 4, 2018
Browns Summit - Richard Clinton Remmey, III, 70, of Browns Summit, passed away unexpectedly on July 4, 2018. He was born in Greensboro, the son of the late Richard C. Remmey, Jr. and Kathryn Thompson Remmey.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, his mother having died just weeks before him on June 18, 2018. He is survived by his son Ryan Thompson Remmey; his sister, Gayle Faucette (Dick); nephew George “Buz” C. Knox (Jenny), niece Kathryn Blakemore (John), special great nieces and great nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends, many from his childhood.
Rick enjoyed a fun-filled childhood with days spent riding flexies with his cousin, and climbing trees. He made lifelong friends while playing in the creek with his neighbors. He attended Irving Park and Aycock Schools and graduated in 1966 from Walter Hines Page Senior High School. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church.
He attended N.C. State University and was always an avid and loyal Wolfpack fan. After enlisting in the Army in 1968, Rick finished in the top one third of his company. He served in Vietnam in 1969 where he was the Command R & R NCO in Camrahn Bay.
After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1971, and the birth of his son, Rick joined the family business, Remco Supply Company in 1974. There he poured his energy and his heart into the company until his untimely death. Rick was a fair and loyal employer and cared deeply for his Remco family. He greatly appreciated his employees and all they do to help Remco be successful. Many have been faithful employees now for over 20 years.
Family was key in Rick’s life. He was a devoted and loving son who always looked forward to calling his mother every day at 6:45 p.m. If he was on the phone with someone he would say, “Gotta call Mom, I’ll call you back”. He loved time spent with his family, particularly trips to Ocean Isle Beach in May and October each year. He loved looking for and finding olive shells, reading books on the back porch and watching amazing sunsets in the evening with family by his side. Rick also loved Christmas mornings when everyone gathered at his mother’s for country ham biscuits and opening gifts around her tree. He enjoyed sharing generously with his family and spoiled everyone with his unselfish gifts.
Rick was a hard worker and successful businessman. He had a big heart for others and enjoyed sharing the fruits of his success; his generosity benefited many individuals, and organizations. He was a humble man who never wanted any attention or recognition for himself. He was always a caring, loyal supporter, and faithful friend.
At the end of a day, Rick enjoyed retreating to his country home. He enjoyed time on his deck, watching the sun set over the pond, working word puzzles and listening to his oldies/beach music. He was an amazing man who lived simply, loved deeply and will be missed by all, whose lives have been forever blessed by him.
A private inurnment service for family was held in July. A private Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018.
Memorials may be made to the Kathryn T. Remmey Scholarship Fund, Greensboro College, 815 West Market Street, Greensboro, N.C., 27401, First Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 or Greensboro Urban Ministry, 305 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, N.C. 27406 or a charity of your choice.
Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Remmey family. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com
Richard Clinton Remmey III
August 14, 2018
At this sad time, I remember that Rick was always kind and engaging to me. Even when things were not going well, Rick always was positive and smiling. I will always remember him sitting at his desk, happy & eager to greet me as I visited Remco.
August 13, 2018
To Ryan, Gayle, Jim and the Remmey family, thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Celebration of Rick's life and see the beautiful place he loved to come home to each day. In late November 1997, I met with Rick for a job in Arden. He was on crutches with a broken foot or toe, had just gotten a new puppy and had stopped smoking on his birthday, November 1st. Not the best scenario for a first meeting! I wasn't sure he felt I had what it took.. But after 2 months of going back and forth on the phone talking, (and making me sweat a bit), he offered me the job. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have known Rick these past 20 years. He was always interested in what was going on in our lives, with our children and grandchildren. Always wanted to be kept up to date and loved to get pictures to see their progress. He meant it when he told you , "you're part of the Remco Family". Rick was very patient, kind , compassionate, and caring. I could call during the busiest part of the day and asked if he had time to talk and he would say, "I'll take time". He never made you feel like you were not important enough to talk with you. In the evening he would send me a message and say "I'm headed to the house to sit on the deck and enjoy my pond". We missed his visits the last 2 years but Terry and I were able to make it to his Mother's funeral two weeks prior, that was the last time we saw him. I'm sure it was a difficult day, but he managed to welcome us with a smile and a hug because that was his way. The last few weeks have been tough, coming into the office each morning, knowing that he will not be there to give advice on something, to answer my questions on so many things, starting to send a message or email then realizing that there will be no response, I have to stop myself. We know he would want us to carry on in his absence, but we miss him so much, and think of him often. Grateful for his influence on our lives. Grateful to have known him.
August 12, 2018
Rick was a good business friend.
I called on him for many years.
He was friendly and we enjoyed
just sitting in his office discussing various subjects.
It was a real shock to hear of
his death. I wish his family and
friends comfort . He will be
August 11, 2018
Rick was a very good friend of mine during high school, college, and afterwards. I was shocked to learn of his death, especially following so close on the heels of Mrs. Remmey’s death. Rick was great fun to be around.... He was so enthusiastic and full of life, with a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. Rick will be missed by all those who were fortunate enough to know him. Bettie and I send our deepest condolences to you, Gayle and Ryan, for the loss of this remarkable brother, father, son, and friend, and we celebrate with you Rick's full and well-lived life.
Lynne B Peer
August 11, 2018
I remember Rick from jr. high and high school and always thought he was the nicest person! He was friendly and positive and lots of fun. May wonderful memories sustain your family during this sadness.
Lynne and Don Peer
August 9, 2018
My sympathy to the Remmey family for the loss of Rick. He was a fixture behind his desk supporting the family business from the day I met him in the early 90's. He always had time for a conversation and made you feel part of the business even though my visits have been less frequent in the past few years. To the REMCO family, you lost a good one. Stay strong together and take it one day at a time. Jere Knisely - Seco Tools.