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Commodore Richard Mills

In Memoriam

Richard Wayne Mills, born on August 26, 1953, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2024, at the age of 70.

Having spent many years before settling by the shores of Greers Ferry Lake, Richard's profound love for the outdoors was a central aspect of his life. As a longtime member and staunch supporter of the Fairfield Bay Yacht Club, his commitment to fostering camaraderie among fellow yacht club members was unparalleled.

For many years, Richard served as Commodore of the Fairfield Bay Yacht Club, guiding the organization with wisdom, integrity, and boundless enthusiasm. Under his leadership, the club flourished, becoming not only a hub for lake enthusiasts but also a tight-knit community where friendships thrived.

Richard's passion for the yacht club extended beyond mere membership; it was a cornerstone of his identity. He found immense joy in organizing events, mentoring new members, and sharing his knowledge with others. His infectious spirit inspired countless individuals to embrace the joys of boating, fishing, wine, and horse racing, forging lasting connections.

Richard possessed an extraordinary talent for repairing things of all kinds. Whether it was a boat motor, a malfunctioning engine, or household items, he approached every challenge with determination and resourcefulness, demonstrating his remarkable ability to mend and improve things in need.

Richard is lovingly survived by his soul mate of 44 years, Mary Mills, and his children: Michele (Kouichi) Matsunaga, Marcia (Alan) Byers, and Nathan (Ashley) May. He is also survived by four grandchildren, three siblings, a multitude of nieces, nephews, and numerous other beloved family members. He was welcomed into the afterlife by the embrace of many beloved souls who now journey alongside him, probably listening to his stories and enjoying a cheeseburger in paradise.

Richard's legacy will endure through the countless memories shared on the shimmering waters of Greers Ferry Lake, the enduring bonds forged within the Fairfield Bay Yacht Club, and the numerous friendships he cultivated throughout his life.

A celebration of his life will be held during the annual membership drive for the Fairfield Bay Yacht Club at 3:00 PM on March 16th, 2024, at the Fairfield Bay Marina. In honoring Richard's memory, the club aims to continue his legacy of warmth and community spirit by welcoming new members with open arms and fostering increased camaraderie among all who share a love for the lake and boating.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you honor Richard's memory by performing an act of random kindness.

Richard will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of navigating alongside him. Though he may have set sail on his final journey, his spirit will forever remain anchored in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Richard Mills Celebration of Life