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Richard Paul Byers

November 29, 1946 ~ January 13, 2019 (age 72)

Richard Paul Byers, age 72, died peacefully on January 13, 2019 after a challenging battle with Metastatic Melanoma. 

Richard was born November 29, 1946 in Cincinnati, OH to the late Paul and Ruth Mills Byers.  He grew up in Cincinnati, OH.  He earned his bachelor’s degree at Cincinnati University and his master’s degree in Finance at Xavier University. Richard was a consummate educator and a negotiator at heart.  He possessed a mild disposition and always sought for ways to find a solution to problems which would benefit all sides.  His devotion to his family and belief in his faith held him closely during his ordeal.

Richard worked at CSX for over 35 years of service and retired as a Asst. Vice President of Labor Relations.  However, after retiring Richard enjoyed golfing with colleagues and watching his granddaughter Sydney compete in junior golf tournaments.  He volunteered with the Brotherhood of St. Andrews and devoted three and a half years to study of Education for Ministry.

Richard loved to travel and following college he backpacked to over 31 countries.  Along with The Links, Incorporated, he traveled to South Africa 1998 and with St. Paul to the Holy Land with his wife. Throughout his life he visited 49 states.

Richard is survived by his wife of 20 years, attorney, Katherine E. Wilson; daughter, Elizabeth Shagam (Doug); son, Steven; stepson, John (Ruby Fields); grandchildren: Nicholas, Sydney, Morgan; and 7 step grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 2nd at St. Paul’s By The Sea Episcopal Church at 412 N. 11th Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s By The Sea Episcopal Church Foundation.  A reception will follow the interment of ashes in the church Memorial Garden.


Donations may be made to:

St. Paul’s By the Sea Episcopal Church
465 Eleventh Avenue N., Jacksonville Beach FL 32250


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