Richard C. Lake

Sunrise: October 5, 1947

Sunset: June 12, 2020

Richard Charles Lake, 72, of Chesapeake, VA, passed away at home June 12, 2020.  The son of the late William Edmund and Caroline Gaffney Lake, Rick came into this world on October 5, 1947, in New Haven, CT, the same way that he lived his life, full of energy and spirit.

Growing up in a small farm town in CT gave Rick the opportunity to expend his adventurous spirit in the outdoors, whether it be fishing, hiking, sledding, ice skating, biking along old trolley tracks, playing baseball, or bringing home frogs and snakes for his mom to babysit while he went back out to play.  Rick approached all he did with determination and a strong will, always willing to face the wrath of parents and teachers.  Rick’s quick wit, good humor, and leadership made him fun to be with, and he was the kindest, most genuine and generous, loyal friend and ever-protective brother.

He was passionate and stood up strongly for what he believed to be true and right.  He will be dearly missed.  Rick graduated from North Branford High School and Connecticut School of Electronics.  He then served in the United States Army, spending a year in Vietnam as a radar repairman.  Upon his return, Rick excelled as a carpenter for many years before he began working for Amtrak as an electrician until he retired.  Rick loved  camping with his family, old movies, fine restaurants, gourmet cooking, reading, boating, going to comedy shows, and the annual pig roasts where he gathered with old friends.  He especially loved spending time with his family.

Rick is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Sandra Thompson Lake; a daughter, Ciarra Lake of Chesapeake, VA; one grandson, Rick’s “little buddy” Jonathan Lake; “Lil sis” Carol Lake Garman of Noblesville, IN; a niece Julie Weiss and her children, Calleigh and Liam of Franklin, IN; and many cousins.  Rick was predeceased by his younger brother, Roger Dawes Lake, of Jackson, WY.

No Public Viewing Memorial Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, July 11, 2020 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Robbie Hudson says

    My thoughts are with you doing this time. I am so sorry for your loss

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    John E. Carpenter says

    I am sorry for everyone’s loss. Rick always treated me like family. He will be missed but not forgotten. I am grateful to have known and spent time with him.

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    Janeen Walker says

    Sandra, Ciara, Jonathan and family, Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Your loving memories of Rick will bring smiles and laughter as you reminisce of times spent together and remain in your heart forever. May you all find peace in knowing that he is with our Lord.

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    Kate Clinton Kathy Maloney says

    I remeber Ricky bringing me frog eggs so I could watch them hatch. He also broght a snake, I did not like that so much. Much love to you Carol. I am wrapping my arms around you.

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