Richard Alvord Way

Born: Sat., Mar. 10, 1956
Died: Fri., Feb. 20, 2015

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Richard Alvord Way, of North East, died peacefully at his home on February 20, in the loving and attentive care of his wife.  He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on March 10, 1956.  The past three and a half years, he had lived valiantly with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease, while maintaining professional and business commitments.
            Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Audrey (Booth) Chase and his father, Robert B. Way, Sr.  He is survived by his wife, Denise (Engro); stepdaughter, Natalie Swabb of Washington, D.C.; son, Durk Way of Pittsburgh; sister, Kathleen (Way) Klep of Toledo, Ohio; and brothers—Robert B. Way, Jr. (Elizabeth) of North East; John R. McKrell (Cheryl) of Ann Arbor, Michigan;  David King of Wyoming, and Michael Chase of North East; also, surviving nieces and nephews.
            After graduation from North East High School (1974), Richard attended and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1978), receiving his degree in nuclear engineering.  For many years, he was self-employed and served as a consultant to a host of Midwest power companies; also, Copes-Vulcan, and Westinghouse, Inc.  He earned a Professional Engineering License from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
            His final wish was to be remembered as a loving husband and father, a good engineer, a decent rugby player, and a passable sailor and brewer of craft beers.
             Private funeral arrangements are being handled by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East.  

Memorials  may be made to ALS Association, 416 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale, PA 15209 or the Anna Shelter animal shelter, 1555 E. 10th Street, Erie, PA 16511.

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Marti & Tony Pastore
   Posted Sun February 22, 2015
Dear Bob and Beth -- It's been a long. hard road for all of you. We grieve with you, sure that your faith will help sustain you at this sorrowful time.

Marti and Tony

Kevin Irvin
   Posted Sun February 22, 2015
I am so sorry to hear if Rich's passing. I had the great pleasure of sailing with him on "Masker" in the late seventies for six weeks, throughout the Great Lakes. I have never had as much fun and enjoyed a time more. Ritchie was such a joy to be around, ....his sense of humor....grand.....and his caring ways.....all encompassing. He was a great crew-mate, and made the summer the most memorable of all. I have thought back many a time about that summer and the joy it was.......and he was a huge part of it. Rest in Peace Rich........and may the seas be calm and winds favorable. You are missed........but your memory will live on til I join you someday!
I look forward to sailing with you again!

Pat and Jeanine Timon
   Posted Sun February 22, 2015

We are very sorry for your loss at the passing of Rich. As you look back over your years together, especially the last three, we hope and pray that you find strength and your own peace.

Pat and Jeanine

Tom & Patty White
   Posted Mon February 23, 2015
We will remember Richie Alvord as the high energy, beer drinking, fun friend that he always was. There was a time lag between college study, play, and partying and hooking up for frat 6294s and going to Ireland but we didn't miss a beat. Every event was nothing but smiles and laughs with Rich and he will be missed. Rich was along on Patty and my first date at a rugby game at Albany Med (1978) - you can imagine how smooth that went!! He helped me through nuke classes at RPI, helped me fix a Copes Vulcan valve, helped me make career decisions......there's a trend here that speak to Rich as a friend. RAW, we will miss you.

Carol Dzuricky
   Posted Wed February 25, 2015
My thought and prayers are with you and your family at this time. It was a long, hard road for you and Rich, but know he is in a better place and at peace. May God bless you.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Carol Dzuricky

Shanna Potter
   Posted Sun March 01, 2015

My heart breaks for you. I know it will be hard to say goodbye, but please be comforted by the fact that Rich will never feel pain or suffer again. He loved you so much and I will never forget the way he would look at you! You were such a great wife to him. I am praying for you and everyone who loved Rich during this difficult time.

Shanna Potter

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