Richard Leon Sweeney
August 17, 1939 – May 22, 2021
Sweeney, Richard “Dick” Leon passed away peacefully at home in Alpine, California on May 22, 2021. Richard was born in Milford Connecticut on August 17, 1939 to Ralph and Mary Sweeney. At 17 Richard joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Ticonderoga from 1957 to 1959 while stationed in the Hawaiian Territory. He was a police officer for the City of San Diego, served as a reserve police officer and in later years served with the Citizen’s Patrol with the San Diego Sheriff’s Office in Alpine. Richard was an avid fisherman and boating enthusiast for many years. His compassionate nature brought him many friends in life as a stockbroker, salesman and small business owner in San Diego. His passion for restoring collectible 1963-65 Buick Rivieras brought him national recognition at Buick Shows across the country. In later years he worked with his son, Richard Jr. at a graphics studio they established in 1982. Richard is survived by Deborah, his childhood sweetheart and wife of 62 years; children Richard Jr. (Patricia) of Grossmont, Mark (Ellen) of Alpine, Christine (Mark) Wolf of Escondido, Sheri (Andi) Smithers of Escondido; grandchildren Hillary (Christopher) Cox, Reid Sweeney, Kiel Kauthen, Justin (Tori) Wolf, Elizabeth (Tanner) McNary, Abigail (Joseph) Sims, Edward and Cathrynn Smithers; great-grandchildren Nevaeh Gabriel Cox; Yvette Kauthen; Amelia, Evelyn and Gabriel Wolf and Desmond McNary.
He was a generous and compassionate man who made a difference for those who knew and loved him in life. A viewing will be held at Erickson-Anderson Mortuary - La Mesa on June 2, 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Services will be held at Singing Hills Memorial Park, El Cajon on June 3, 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's memory to San Diego Police Foundation, 444 West Beech Street, Suite 250, San Diego, CA 92101
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Richard Leon Sweeney
June 29, 2021
Roger and I are so saddened to see that Dick has passed away. We always saw him at the Riv meets and considered him a friend. Our sincere condolences to his family. We will dearly miss Dick.
June 8, 2021
Always in my heart until I am with you again
June 4, 2021
Thank you for allowing me the gift of spending the last several Monday’s with you. You were one of my Grandpa Frank Millers best friends and he loved you as a brother. You were a fixture at many of his crazy reunion birthday bashes every October and your stories and laughter will hold a special place in our families hearts. Speaking of stories, you had some whoppers to share with me! After so many years doing patrol with my gramps your roster of tales was overflowing. Thank you for loving him like family. Thank you for allowing me to love you like family right back. Your a heck of a good guy. The boys...together again. I can only imagine the tales you two are spinning right now. Until we all meet again, give my pops a squeeze for me.
I hope you know how amazing I think you are. To watch you go above and beyond caring for Dick. I could feel the love between you both. I have no doubt you were the reason he looked and felt so good for so long. It’s not an easy job you had to do. But you did it with grace, gumption and a persevering love that I am in awe of. You’ve got moxie, kid. I adore you for that. Friends, family, that’s what it’s all about. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it. May God bless and hold you close. My love is with you.
June 3, 2021
Tribute to my Dad
My dad was strong, faithful, reliable, and loved his family. He was a man of conviction. He always did what he thought was right and best for his wife and his family. He loved my mother and was her protector, provider, husband and friend.
Dad was a patient man. He was kind. He never envied nor did he boast in himself. He was humble, not proud. He put others before his own interests and was rarely angry. He kept no record of wrongs. He never delighted in evil and carefully weighed truth with protection and trust. He hoped for the best and persevered through the difficult times.
Dad, you taught us all what true love is. First Corinthians 13 verse 7. Love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
Dad, you were a man of few words, but when you spoke people listened. I look forward to long conversations with you in heaven dad. Where we will live in love and truth, with Family and Friends, and where German Shepherds abound.
To my mom, brothers, sister and the extended family. Dad has a bible verse for you. John Chapter 16 verse 22. And he says, “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”
Mom – he’s doing just fine
Joanne Gaudett Akcer
June 2, 2021
It was my honor for this Gentle Man to be my first cousin. Dick, you know I called you my BCF! Sign of the times. Your Service photo was front and center at Grandma’s house, on her piano. So handsome and distinguished. Looking exactly like Elvis!!! WoW, my CA cousin! Such a giving and generous man. You and my FP, Debbie were always so kind to me. My heart hurts now, but it’s because I’ll miss you. I love you my sweet. Until we meet again. God bless my Sweeney FamilyL
Joanne Gaudett Akcer
June 2, 2021
It was my honor for this Gentle Man to be my first cousin. Dick, you know I called you my BCF! Sign of the times. Your Service photo was front and center at Grandma’s house, on her piano. So handsome and distinguished. Looking exactly like Elvis!!! WoW, my CA cousin! Such a giving and generous man. You and my FP, Debbie were always so kind to me. My heart hurts now, but it’s because I’ll miss you. I love you my sweet. Until we meet again. God bless my Sweeney Family
Hillary Cox (Sweeney)
June 1, 2021
Gramps, you were a one of a kind. I’ve never met such a patient, kind and genuine soul such as yours. You left no enemies, just friends and family who love you. I’ll miss you. I wish I was closer to home but I cherish our last time together in March. I’m so thankful I was able to see you, hug you, show you the video of the crazy snowstorm in Denver and laugh over it. I love you gramps. Thank you for all the years you’ve spent with us here, I’ll always cherish our moments together.