Richard Carr Preston, Sr. was born in Charleston, WV on June 27, 1935 to Charles and Nina Preston. He departed this life on October 2, 2019, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, in Pottstown, PA.
At the age of 8, he accepted Christ and joined the First Baptist Church of Charleston, WV. At an early age, through the teachings and examples of his parents, Richard learned that his life should be guided by the Golden Rule. This credo remained the basis of his interactions with everyone throughout his lifetime.
Rich attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Although he earned sufficient credits in Sociology and Elementary Education for a degree in either, he chose Psychology as his major area of concentration. While at Lincoln, Rich joined the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, becoming Basileus (President) of Beta Chapter in his senior year. He also played four years of varsity basketball and served as student athletic trainer for the other interscholastic athletic teams representing the university.
After graduation from college, Rich chose to enlist in the US Army rather than wait to be drafted. Following basic training, he began his three-year military obligation in the Medics as a Neuropsychiatric Specialist but was later reassigned to the Adjutant General’s Corps as a Personnel Management Specialist. His active service took him to Ft. Sam Houston,TX, Ft. Chaffee, Ark., and Wildwood Station, Alaska.
After his discharge from active duty In November of 1960, Rich returned to Philadelphia where he began reacclimating to civilian life and the inevitable job search. His first job as a civilian was as a Caseworker with the State Dept. of Public Assistance. After three years, he moved on to the position of Assistant Evaluation Psychologist with the Jewish Employment/Vocational Service. Other significant positions held through the years included: Social Worker with the Big Brother Association; Associate Director of the Model Cities College Placement Program (under the auspices of the Phila. Council for Community Advancement); Community College of Phila. where he held the positions of Director of Student Financial Aid, Assistant to the Dean of Students, and Associate Director of Admissions. Just prior to his retirement, he served as Social Services Coordinator for the North Phila. Head Start Program, the city’s oldest Head Start. Post retirement, Rich became a little restless, and decided to become a Driver for Tri County Transit, in Pottstown, PA. He worked there for 8 years until he retired “Again” for the second time, in January of 2018. He absolutely loved driving both children and adults and the latter often found it very easy to confide in him.
Richard’s surviving loved ones include his beloved wife, Joy Diggs-Preston, former spouse, Barbara Preston, son, Richard C. Preston, Jr. (Simone), of Franklinville, NJ, daughter, Donna Preston-Moody (Eric), of Elkins Park, PA, 6 grandchildren, Jamil Humphrey, Jr., Lia J. Preston, Eric Moody, Jr., Ashley K. Preston, Joshua Moody and Xavier E. Moody, mother-in-law, Roseanna Diggs of Phila., PA, brother-in-law, Gralyn E. Diggs (Maria) of Bergenfield, NJ, sister-in-law, Dawn L. Diggs of Phila., PA, cousin, Phyllis Jarrett of Cincinnati, OH, (who was like a sister), sister-in-law, Shirley Preston of Wyncote, PA, a host of nieces and nephews, and several cousins.
Richard is predeceased by his parents, his only brother, Charles A. Preston, Jr. and his beloved granddaughter, Irene Preston.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home. Following the services, there will be a time of fellowship at Cutillo’s restaurant, 2688 E High St, Sanatoga, PA 19464
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516
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