Richard Slaysman, 56, registered nurse

July 31, 2006

Richard Craig Slaysman, who worked as a registered nurse for more than a decade, died Tuesday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air after an extended illness caused by complications from diabetes. He was 56 and lived in Abingdon.

He grew up in Hebbville and graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1967. He went on to Baltimore City Community College, where he earned an associate's degree in nursing, and the University of Baltimore, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration.

He worked as a registered nurse, counseling patients with addictions for about 12 years in area hospitals before retiring at the age of 40 when he became too ill to work.

Mr. Slaysman was a sports fan who played on the basketball team at Baltimore City Community College. He shuttled his four children back and forth to sports events and stayed involved in sports even when they stopped playing, remaining an active member of the Harford County youth basketball program.

"He was very involved with the kids," said his wife, the former Susan Trilli, whom he married in 1971. "He was a soccer mom. He was always at their team games and driving them back and forth to different activities."

He enjoyed playing golf, attending Orioles and Colts games and spending weekends in Ocean City in the summer, Mrs. Slaysman said.

A memorial service was held Friday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his parents, Marie and Jerry Slaysman of Finksburg; two daughters, Corinne Slaysman of Anchorage, Alaska, and Erica Slaysman of Joppatowne; two sons, Colin Slaysman and Richard Slaysman Jr., both of Abingdon; two sisters, Lori McCracken of Woodbine, and Deborah Mauck of Catonsville Manor; and a brother, Kenneth Slaysman of Mount Holly Springs, Pa.

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