Richard “Dick” Preto

Born: 04/23/1933 Passed:

Richard “Dick” Preto

Richard “Dick” Preto passed away after a brief illness on his 83rd birthday, Saturday, April 23, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.  Dick was born April 23, 1933 to Rubye and Albert Preto.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Phyllis Reitenbach.

Dick is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 36 years, Pamela, son Mark, niece Diane (Mike) Cutright and their children, Adam Cutright, Kaitlin (Drew) Six and Cory (Meghan) Cutright, niece, Carol Reitenbach, special friends Marian Sherman and Larry and Kelly Squire and three half-sisters Donna, Ruth and Diane.

Dick was a veteran having served in the U. S. Navy from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean War.  He was employed at General Tire until his move to Florida.  Dick was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, especially fishing in Canada.  He had a true love of gardening and his yard and gardens were spectacular to behold.  Dick had a special place in his heart for animals and they seemed to gravitate toward him.  Many dogs and cats were blessed to reside with him, or to be recipients of special treats when “Uncle Dick” came to visit.  Dick was also an accomplished colored pencil artist who would often turn an original piece of artwork into beautiful Christmas cards that would delight family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service.  Pamela would like to thank the family and friends who surrounded Dick with their presence and love at the end.  There will be no funeral services.  The celebration of a life well lived will be held at a later time.  All celebrants will toast Dick with his favorite adult beverage, Crown Royal.   Condolences and special memories can be shared online at

Heritage Cremation Society



7 Tributes to Richard “Dick” Preto

  1. Mike Grady says:

    It was an honor to work with Dick at Kame’s Sports. His sense of humor and old school work ethic always made for a good day.
    RIP Dick.

  2. Meghan Cutright says:

    Uncle Dick may not have been a blood relative, but he was as close to it as it gets. Even though he was my uncle by marriage, he was still my uncle. Uncle Dick was a kind, compassionate, ” give you the shirt off his back” kind of man. The kind of man who was sensitive and sweet, but would also tell you like it is. I loved that about him. Along with the whole family, he always made me feel welcomed and loved. Like I had been apart of his family all along. My husband Cory and I had always wanted a garden like Dick and Pam’s, and were over joyed when they surprised us with their rototiller. We couldn’t wait to get home to start our garden. After thanking them many times, Dick said “thank me all you want, but this rototiller’s not magic, so don’t get mad if your garden doesn’t turn out as good as mine.” Honestly, that sense of humor, and wittiness of his is what’s helping me get through these tough times. Our son, Carter, who is 10 months, was blessed to be cuddled and loved by his great – great Uncle Dick even if it was only for a short time. Cory and I will look forward to sharing stories and telling Uncle Dick’s jokes to Carter and remind him of how much his great – great Uncle Dick loved him. I am truly blessed and honored to be a part of such a wonderful, close, supportive family especially in times like these. Uncle Dick, I hope you knew how much of an impact you made on my life, and I hope you knew how much I adore and love you. This isn’t goodbye, my friend. This is ” I’ll see you later. ”


    Meghan Cutright

  3. Pam says:

    He was the most caring, supportive and loving husband and I miss him more and more each day. I know in my heart that he is now at peace and I hope he is doing what he always loved best, fishing on Bob’s Lake in Canada. I know that someday we will be together again. He will always be with me in my heart and in spirit. Love you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hey Navy man wishing you red skys at night and smooth sailing. See you on the lake. Love you Connie, Donnie & Mom

    • Pam says:

      This was perfect. You made me smile and cry at the same time. I got your message tonight. I look forward to talking to you. Me and my friends will be up in September. I talked with Neal on Saturday and I will call him back next Monday when he has the board with the schedules. I told him we would like to have cabin #2 if possible. Can’t wait to talk to you and see you. Each day is getting better but I miss him so much, he was my soul mate and my best friend.

      Love you, Pam

  5. Danny Herko says:


    This is Danny Herko from Winston-Salem. I want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Dick always put a smile on my face and will continue to do so. As we travel in life, we encounter individuals that become a friend and make us smile inside and outside. Dick was one of those individuals but not just a friend – we considered both of you family. Also, his Christmas cards could not arrive soon enough during the holiday season.

    Please call you family in Winston-Salem if you ever need anything!

    • Pam says:

      Thank you Danny. All of you were like family to Dick and I and I only wish we could have made another trip to see all of you. We had planned on coming down this summer, never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. I talked with Judy yesterday and I told her I would try to come down this summer. Each day gets a little better but I miss him so much, he was my soul mate and best friend. Thank you again for all your kind words and prayers.

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