Richard Dean Quick, 65, Beth Steel computer analyst

December 03, 2004

Richard Dean Quick, a retired Bethlehem Steel computer analyst who was active in Dundalk civic life, died of brain cancer Sunday at his Dundalk home. He was 65.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Portship Road in Dundalk, he was a 1958 graduate of Dundalk High School and began work at the steel company's plate mill at Sparrows Point a year later.

After service in the Army, he returned to the steel mill and later became a systems analyst in its data processing department. He retired in 1991.

He became co-owner with his wife of Creations by Sherma Florist and later worked at the Manor Shop and Duda-Ruck Funeral Home, all in Dundalk. Until a year ago, he was a Baltimore County school bus driver, known as Mr. Homer to the children on his route through Dundalk, Colgate and Gray Manor.

Mr. Quick was active in the Dundalk Optimist Club and served a term as president from 1983 to 1984 and as its lieutenant governor from 1984 to 1985.

In recent years he had become a fan of Sacred Heart of Mary and White Marsh youth soccer teams, on which his granddaughter - one of his six grandchildren - played.

Services were held yesterday.

He is also survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Sherma Hooker; and three daughters, Robyn Quick of Baltimore, Deanne Lyons of Dundalk and Aurora Cabrales of Towson.

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