Frederick “Rick” D. Reading, beloved uncle and friend to so many, passed away on August 18th, 2020, at the age of 83.
Rick grew up in the Chagrin Falls, OH area and graduated from University School in Hunting Valley, OH. He attended Denison University in Granville, OH and graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He attended graduate business school at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Reading was a member of Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, OH. Rick began his business career as a Management Trainee with Pan American World Airways in New York, NY. He spent much of his career in the incentive travel business with long tenures in Chicago and San Francisco. He returned to Cleveland in the late 1960’s to manage The Pine Lake Trout Club, a family business in Chagrin Falls, started by his father and mother, William D. and Margaret Garry Reading. When the Club was sold in 1970, Rick returned to New York to work for Stouffer Hotels and Resorts in their international and travel marketing department. He retired with Stouffer in 1992.
Travel was Rick’s vocation and avocation. He traveled the world extensively and loved every minute of it. He also loved his family and his many friends. Rick never missed important friend and family events. He was known for his kind and compassionate spirit. He was often called upon by his nieces and nephews to be their sounding boards. Rick would always give his honest opinion but would frame it in a way that it was always welcomed advice.
He loved everything about Ohio, particularly its sports teams (professional, college, and University School), and he was proud to watch Cleveland prosper after he returned to the area.
He was preceded in death by his father, William D. Reading (1983), his mother, Margaret Garry Reading (1987) his sister, Jane Reading Francis (1989), brother-in-law, David N. Francis (2019), brother, Thomas Garry Reading (1998), and sister-in-law, Shirley Osborn Reading (2020). He is survived by four cousins; Ned Reading (Judy), Rob Reading, Bill Reading (Caryn) and Rusty Reading (Patty), eight nieces and nephews; Sara Saver (Dan), Meg Goetz (Andy), Betsy Wietor (Bob Hill), Jane Bemmerl (Jim), Susan Barker (George), Ann Reading, Bill Francis (Kristi), and Garry Reading, ten great nieces and nephews, and five great, great nieces and nephews. Entombment will be at Knollwood Cemetery.
In keeping with Rick’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be directed to University School, 2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley, OH 44022.
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