Richard Newman Stratton
July 24, 1937 – February 8, 2019
Richard “Red” Newman Stratton, born July 24, 1937, of Williamsburg, Virginia, died Friday, February 8, 2019, surrounded by family. Richard was the son of the late Dorothy and Joseph Stratton, of Newport News, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann (Saunders) Stratton. Richard is survived by his children, Valerie and Kelly Stratton, Scotti Harwood and husband Dan Dunlop, Carlton Harwood and wife Melissa (Missy); Grand Children, Jessica Richardson, John Weidman, Daniel Ordonia II, Meg Cowan, Skylar Mailhes, Sydney and Carter Harwood; Great Grandchildren, Layla Weidman and Lucy Richardson.
Richard graduated from York High School and began his apprenticeship to become an electrician. He was active in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Chapter 1340 and, after becoming a Master Electrician, taught at the IBEW Apprenticeship program and enjoyed mentoring apprentices. Richard established and ran Olde Town Electric in 1978 until he retired in 2009. He was very active in community organizations and charities. Richard was a deacon and active member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. He was a 32nd Degree Master Mason with the Williamsburg Shriners Club, Treasurer for 30 years for the Williamsburg Rotary Club, Master Gardner, and was a volunteer organizer for the Occasion for the Arts for more than a decade.
A memorial service will be held at 1p.m., Monday, February 11 at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund for Community Outreach which supports local charities to the attention of Rev. John Morgan, http://mywpc.org/, or to the James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners to support the Historical Triangle Community Garden where Master Gardeners grow food for FISH’s food pantry. www.jccwmg.org - Williamsburg Master Gardeners 3127 Forge Rd. Toano, VA 23168.
Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.
- Memorial Service Monday, February 11, 2019
Richard Newman Stratton
February 13, 2019
Very sadden for the loss of Richard, my friend and fellow classmate from York High. He will be surely missed by myself and many others. His kindest and love for all, his free spirit always ready to help his fellow man in a quite and respectful manner.
Richard was loved by all who knew him. Reliable as the raising morning sun, always there at class luncheons or any event he was invited to.
Now you are attending the event of your lifetime, being welcomed into heaven by Jesus, Shirley Ann and your family. May God Bless and reward you richly!
We Love you much and will miss you much.
Susan and paul Satchwell
February 11, 2019
Val my regrets to you and family. I know how much he meant to you. Our prayers and support to you and your family. Susan and Paul.