In Loving Memory

Richard A. Hoar

November 4, 1938 - May 10, 2024

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Richard Arthur Hoar, age 85, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior on Friday, May 10, 2024. Richard was born on November 4, 1938, to Arthur and Ilmi Hoar in Iron River, MI.

As a boy, Richard enjoyed hunting, playing football and baseball, but as a young teenager, he decided to go to work. Richard loaded logs onto horse-drawn wagons, and in the process developed strong arms and legs as well as a crushing grip that he would carry into old age.

After graduating from Iron River High School, Richard joined the U.S. Navy in order to “see the world” on the destroyer USS Laffey. Although he was based in Norfolk, VA, Richard met his future wife Joan on a blind date on Long Island, NY. During their courtship, Richard would drive ten hours one way to see the woman he loved every weekend he was free. Richard and Joan married on July 12, 1959, and one year later welcomed their first daughter. After he completed the term of his enlistment, Richard took a sales job at a Norfolk Chevrolet dealership, and his small family grew with the birth of his only son. He quickly worked his way into management – a position he held for the rest of his working life. In the late 1960s, Richard and Joan completed their family with two more daughters, and in 1973, they moved to Mobile, AL so Richard could run his own car dealership, Colonial AMC/Jeep, until 1980.

Richard’s life revolved around cars for many years. He purchased and restored a 1961 Willys Jeep and a 1969 AMX – two vehicles that remain in the family to this day. Great memories were made when he would pile the family into the Jeep on a Sunday afternoon and ride the sand dunes on Dauphin Island. Richard dabbled in drag racing, too. When he wasn’t tinkering with a motor of some sort, he found time for a weekly game of golf.

Richard and Joan were able to travel the world together thanks to his success in the car business. They visited Kenya, the Canary Islands, England, Hong Kong, Italy, Hawaii, Japan, Mexico, the Bahamas, Portugal, Greece and Alaska. On their travels, Richard and Joan picked up many souvenirs, and those souvenirs now grace the homes of their children.

He retired from Bay Chevrolet in 2004. His employees there described him as “tough, but fair.” Once freed from the constraints of work, Richard enjoyed visiting his children and grandchildren, and was a constant fixture at his grandkids’ sporting events. His love for golf continued until his health failed him. When his son visited, the two would immediately grab their clubs and escape for 18 holes, then regale the rest of the family with their achievements.

Richard had a strong sense of morality, and he instilled this in his children. He was honest, with no tolerance or mercy for liars. He was protective of his wife and children and always made sure they knew their worth. Even though he sometimes had to work long hours, his children would greet him with an enthusiastic “Daddy!” when he walked through the door, and Sunday mornings were reserved for him to cook breakfast for his family.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joan, daughter Lauri (Gregory), son Bradley (Suzanne), daughter Suzanne (Carey) and daughter Pamela (Brant). Richard is also survived by his adoring grandchildren Conner, Blakely (Killian), Kyle, Hunter, Justin, Quinlan and Addison. He made an impression on all who knew him, and even though his loss is devastating, his legacy of toughness, resilience and devotion lives on through his family. The family would like to extend special thanks to the neighbors and caregivers who helped look after Richard during his extended illness.

A service to celebrate Richard’s life will be held Monday, May 20, 2024 at Hughes Funeral Home at 26209 Pollard Road in Daphne, AL. Visitation begins at 10:30 a.m., with a memorial service following at 11:30 a.m. Military burial will be at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort, AL at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Alabama at https://lls.org/office/birmingham-al, or The Lymphoma Research Foundation at https://www.lymphoma.org/resources/supportservices/financialsupport/

Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.

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