Richard (Hardtack) Edward Mesak
June 5, 1957-March 11, 2017
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Richard (Hardtack) Edward Mesak June 5, 1957 - March 11, 2017
Richard Edward Mesak, age 59, passed away on March 11, 2017 at his home in Pescadero, CA with his wife and daughter and childhood friend by his side after a courageous fight against appendix cancer.
Richard was born June 5, 1957 in Oakland and was raised in Woodside, CA by his parents, Richard (Dick) Mesak and Jeanne Olcott Mesak, with his sister Jeannine Mesak.
He graduated from Woodside Elementary School in 1972 and Woodside High School in 1976. He attended Sacramento State College and Canada College, where he received an AS degree in Business.
He received a California Real Estate License in 1978 and a General Contractor License in 1991.
After college, he began work in the real estate sales industry and construction, and then enjoyed working for California Water Service Co. for nearly 30 years.
Richard married Susan Shadek on September 26, 1992, in Woodside, CA one year after meeting her (and her black stallion) riding the trails of Woodside. He became a doting father on September 6, 1996, when their daughter was born.
Richard loved life and all people and always had a twinkle in his eyes. He had many passions and interests; among those dearest were cooking, endurance and trail riding, skiing, boogie boarding with his daughter and friends, swimming, tennis, biking, running and hiking just about anywhere; especially in Tahoe and Aspen and the beach, and fishing the Gualala as a youngster.
He was an avid horseman in all categories and Shack member. He loved history, reading, antiques, making models, collecting guns and vehicles, and knowing everything about family history.
He had an exceptional ability to connect to people and loved talking with them - he always extended his hand and showed so many acts of kindness to others whether they were friends or strangers. Richard was a contributor to many charities, including serving on the committee of Special Olympics for several years, Ronald MacDonald House and civil servants.
Richard is survived by his wife Susan, daughter McKenna, step-mother Ada Mesak, brother-in-law John Shadek, step brother Bruce Paisley, and cousins Pamela Ellings, Leslie Sherwin, Nanette Frost, Janice Cook and Norm Hantzsche. He is preceded in death by his sister Jeannine Mesak, his mother, Jeanne Olcott Mesak and his father Richard H. Mesak.
The family is especially grateful to friends for their many acts of kindness and huge support and Sutter Home Health. A celebration of Richard's life will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to: Camp Kesem: donate.kesem.org/kesemlovestots UC San Diego Regents: Dr Lowy's Fund #4197 (Appendix Cancer/Peritoneal Metastasis Research): https://giveto.ucsd.edu/make-a-gift?id=ca458796-ede2-4411-b403-1a4d864b7d2d UCD: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cancer Programs, Jonathan Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
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