Details for Richard H. Bakhart

Richard H. Bakhart of The Villages, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2020. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Richard was the only child of Ernst and Meta Bakhart. After growing up in New Rochelle, N.Y. and graduating from New Rochelle High School, Richard joined the navy and was on active duty during the Korean War. When he returned home from the service, he worked alongside his father as a plumber and joined the local Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. Eventually, Richard moved to Cross River, N.Y. where he became a dedicated member of the South Salem Volunteer Fire Department for thirty-three years, serving as president of the department for seven of those years. In 1993, Richard retired from Pepsico, a member in good standing of the Soft Drink and Brewery Local 812.

Soon after his retirement, in 1994, he and his wife, Eileen, moved to Spring Hill, Florida. After eight and a half years, they relocated to The Villages and have spent the last eighteen years there, enjoying their life together.

Richard was notorious for bringing smiles to the faces of all who met him. He loved to sing, dance, and play the piano as well as play cards and socialize with friends on a regular basis. Watching 'his' Yankees, and bowling with his

friends brought him endless joy.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, Eileen, Richard leaves behind his children, Beth Seminara (Ted), Laura Dibble (Craig), Terry Robinson and Rob Robinson, his grandson Michael Dibble and granddaughter Danielle Faller. He was predeceased by his grandson Russell.

Richard's family looks forward to sharing a celebration of his life at a later date, when all his family and friends are able to gather again.

In memory of Richard, the family welcomes donations to the Ted and Diane Brandley House, 17395 SE 109th Terrace Road, Summerfield, Florida, 34491.