Richard J. Dooner, a 44-year resident of Brewster, NY, died on Thursday September 23, 2021, at Northern Westchester Hospital. He was 83 years old.
Born on Aug. 6, 1938, in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Richard J. and Blanche (Saenz) Dooner. Richard graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School and then received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Long Island. Richard honorably served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959- 1962. Following his discharge, he continued his education at Brooklyn College of Pharmacy receiving his master’s degree, before beginning his career at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.
Richard married the love of his life Maureen A. McHugh on September 17, 1966, at St. Vincent Ferrer in Brooklyn, NY. They moved to Brewster where Richard and Maureen raised a family and created friendships to last a lifetime. His love, Maureen, passed on April 7, 2020.
Richard was the Director of Pharmacy at White Plains Hospital for over 25 years before retiring in 2011. He was an active parishioner of St. Lawrence O’Toole Church. Mr. Dooner was an avid Mets and Giants fan. He loved animals, birds and bears in particular, and his dog Fifi. He had a strong appreciation for nature, whether it be found at his second home in the Catskills or in one of the many Thomas Kinkade paintings he collected. Richard was a strong man with a soft side, a provider for his family, a wise and honest friend sought out for comfort and advice.
Richard is survived by his children; Richard (Jennifer) Dooner of Pleasant Valley, NY, Heather Fortuna of Bethel, CT, Scott (Andrea) Dooner of Brewster, NY, his 3 grandchildren; Kayla, Richard and Jacob.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Brewster, NY on Thursday Sept. 30, at 10am. Visitation will be held on Wednesday. Sept. 29, from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations in memory of Richard to the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Inc.; P.O. Box 301; 40 Franciscan Way, Garrison, NY 10524. Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster assisted the family with arrangements.