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Richard Dennis Estes
Richard Dennis Estes

Richard Estes, 59, of Williamsburg, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Rick attended St. Anselm’s College from 1975 to 1979, earning his bachelor of science before receiving his master’s degree from Boston College. He worked in life science sales for Gilson, having previously worked for Bio-Rad and IBM.

For those lucky enough to know Rick, his passion for everything in his life was something to behold. He loved his wife of 36 years, his beautiful daughters, his grandchildren and all of his family with such a big heart. In addition, he was a passionate and committed friend, member of his church, a 3rd degree Knight, Boston sports fan and cyclist. He also enjoyed gardening and fishing, wedding dancing and was a craft beer enthusiast. He was working toward his goal of riding Mount Mitchell in May with several of his cycling friends when he was called home by the Lord.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 36 years, Donna J. Estes; daughters, Dr. Amy Estes Miller, and her husband, David V. Miller, and Kelly Estes Karamanov, and her husband, Vincent T. Karamanov; grandchildren, Estelle Sophia Miller and Sean Walter Miller; brothers, Paul Estes (Alison) and Gary Estes (Susan); parents, Richard H. and Margaret D. Estes; in-laws, Rick Waitt (Patrice), John Waitt (Krista), Mary Sutton, Terry Waitt and Dee Bobersky; mother-in-law, Marilyn Waitt; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 10, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg. Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Project Hero, 23679 Calabasas Road, Suite 420, Calabasas, CA 91302; or the St. Bede Garden Ministry, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

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