RICHARD RAY REYNOLDS
Richard Ray Reynolds, a longtime resident and supporter of Key West nonprofits, died unexpectedly in Fort Lauderdale's Holy Cross Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. He was 82 years old.
Known to his many Key West friends as "Dick," Reynolds grew up in Hebron, Wis., and attended nearby Milton College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. He went on to obtain a Master of Arts degree at the University of Iowa.
Dick served as assistant to a Navy admiral in the Korean War, where he sailed the Sea of Japan and East China Sea.
Following his military service, Dick moved to New York, where he met his life partner, William Totten. Reynolds briefly pursued an acting career; he also worked for Bamberger's Department Store in marketing and promotion and sold real estate. Dick and partner Bill lovingly restored and resided in period houses in Sag Harbor before moving permanently to Key West in 1986.
Dick worked for Hanns Ebensten Travel, the first agency dedicated to travel for the GLBT community. He served as a mentor for Take Stock in Children, but was perhaps best known as the welcoming, genial Monday afternoon concessions stand volunteer in Key West's nonprofit Tropic Cinema.
Dick is survived by sister Suzanne Marshall of Kentucky; Scott and Kent Marshall, also of Kentucky; nephew Tom Reynolds of Virginia and nephew and niece Nick Reynolds and Judy Guerndt of Wisconsin.
A celebration of Dick's life is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. in Key West. In lieu of flowers, tributes to Dick may be made to nonprofits Tropic Cinema or Take Stock in Children.