D'Elia Funeral Home

Route 70 & Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ


Richard "Dick" L. Work Sr.

October 23, 1939February 3, 2018

Richard “Dick” L. Work Sr., 79, passed away February 3, 2018 at the Community Medical Center in Toms River. Mr. Work was a lifelong resident of Ocean County. He worked for Jersey Central Power and Light for 48 years and served on various Ocean County Republican Political Committees. Richard served on the Lakewood School Board, Lakewood Blackhawks and a few terms as the Mayor of Lakewood to name a few. He also served as a volunteer fireman for Lakewood Fire Company #1 for many years. Mr. Work was an avid golfer and card player. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother and will be greatly missed by all. Mr. Work is predeceased by his parents Arlington and Mable Work and sister, Arlene Johnson. Richard is survived by his children, Richard Work Jr. and his wife Lydia, Kimberly Tice and her husband Jeffrey and Beth Buonviri and her husband Jay, grandchildren, Shaffer, Nicole and Caleb, great grandchildren, Greyson and Trent, and siblings, Arlington Work and his wife Judy, Bill Work and his wife June, Bob Work and his wife Lee, Frankie Work and his wife Roseanne, Shirley Meyers and Linda Merger. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 9AM-12PM at the D’Elia Funeral Home 1300 Vermont Ave. Lakewood, NJ 08701. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 12PM at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lakewood, NJ. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Richard’s memory to the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Richard "Dick" L. Work Sr.

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Carol & Eric Jones

February 9, 2018

Dick you will be missed. You were always such gentleman, always fun to be with, I loved having you and Midge for Christmas Eve and family parties. I cant believe its been 7 years since Midge first brought you to our first party, you so enjoyed the Sea food almost as much as I enjoyed the beautiful napkins you brought me.
Rest in peace Dick, at least you no longer suffering. It was a difficult year for you and Midge, thank God you had each other.

February 9, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to the Work family. Dick spent many years coaching in Little League and was a great competitor and spent many years devoted to the children of Lakewood. RIP my friend. Rich and Sandra Alexander

Bernie Meyer

February 8, 2018

My prayers to Dick and family. Very sorry to hear this. He was a good man.

Eddie Estelle

February 7, 2018

To the Work family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I lived in Lakewood for 30 years before getting married and settling down in Manchester. When I was 6 years old, I remember going to see the Lakewood Little League team managed by Dick win the World Series in Williamsport, Pa.. He was a great man and I would see him at Wall Stadium Speedway and at Manchester football games. We would always talk about sports and life in general. He will truly be missed.

Judith & William Vogel (Mohr)

February 6, 2018

"Our sincere condolences to the Work family." Some of the most memorable moments of my youth were spent with my aunt's family in Greenville (Lakewood). These memories will remain in my heart.

Bob Doyle

February 6, 2018

Dear Midge, the Work family, and friends,
My deepest sympathy and prayers are for you all. Dick was a dear friend when we lived in NJ. We played golf and poker together on a weekly basis for many years. He was always smiling, always helpful and considerate, always reaching out to others.
His community will miss him dearly, as he enters a new community where he can continue to bring happiness.
Bob and Donna Doyle

Kimberly Kavanagh

February 6, 2018

Dick, I can't believe you are gone. You were a great man. I am going to miss seeing your smiling face at the Republican events.

jim tice

February 6, 2018

kim and jeff real sorry for your loss. my memories of mr. work are all good ones.

Maureen Springer

February 6, 2018

Met dick working at roeys diner served him breakfast for years always had Smile on his face,looked forward to seeing him every day,lots of memories their and with him he will be missed,condolences go out to dicks family and all his friends he was a classy outstanding individual.

February 6, 2018

So sorry to hear of Dicks passing . Our condolences to all that feel his loss. Sincerely Robert and Alice Morris.