Richard A. Gilliam
Born: April 7th, 1940
Entered into rest : January 26th, 2021
Beloved husband of Pat (nee Marmash)
Loving father of Jim, Rick, Mike (Michole), April Frato (Anthony), and Danny (Rebecca).
Cherished grandfather of James, Stephan, Lauren, Kyle, Rose, Ashley, Jon, Brandon, Nicholas, Mike,
Anthony, Joseph, Andrew, Annabella, Patrick, Nick, Cheyanne, Morgan, and Danny Jr.
Dick was Blessed with 21 (and counting) loving and caring great grandchildren.
Son of the late Walter and Erma Gilliam, brother of Jim (Marilyn), Kathy Gasper (Robert) and Ray (deceased ) and sister in-law JoAnn.
Loving brother in-law and uncle of many.
Dick was born and raised from humble beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of 7 he started his work life as a caddy at the Aurora country club.
He also assumed the role and responsibility of being the main provider for his family, while attending school.
He graduated from John Adams High School in 1958.
Dicks early work life led him to an apprenticeship as a butcher. This turned into a lifelong career and he became a lifetime member of the local union 880.
Dick worked for many years for local, well-known grocers, before venturing out on his own. In the early 1970's he and Pat made Cleveland Heights their home where they raised their 5 children, and he opened his first grocery store Gilliams Eagle Market on Noble Road. He also opened other stores including Fresh Meats, which eventually led to the opening of the family business, Stockyard Meats, located in the Gordon Square art district . Dick was truly a "neighborhood butcher" who employed and gave opportunities to many. The family business is currently owned and operated by his sons.
Dick had a lifelong passion for hockey. He was thrilled to enjoy this through watching his son and grandchildren flourish in the sport. He also enjoyed fishing and spent his leisure time fishing with his family and friends. Another favorite pastime of Dick's was playing cards, and he was always ready for a poker game.
But Dick's true passion was taking care of his family - both immediate and extended, making sure everyone was always well fed
and that all their needs were taken care of.
Inurnment will take place at Lake View Cemetery in the Spring. Please leave your email address under the 'Services' tab to be notified
when Services are scheduled.
FRIENDS MAY CALL AT THE FIORITTO FUNERAL HOME, 5236 MAYFIELD RD., LYNDHURST (EAST OF RICHMOND)
ON SUNDAY FROM 2-4 pm.
FACE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED FOR VISITATION.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in his memory.
An Irish Blessing :
"We think about you always, we talk about you still, you have never been forgotten and you never will.
We hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain,
to walk and guide us through our lives until we meet again."
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